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Old 09-25-2006, 03:03 AM   #1
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Lighting time?

Now that I have corals in my tank I have a concern. I was running the lights this weekend 12 hrs from the morning until dinner time.

Now that it is Monday I realize I am not home until late all week. Looking at my schedule I want to run the corals from 12pm to 12am. Is it ok to start the light late and end late. I figured as long as they get a certain amount of light per day it would be fine but I wanted to check.

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That sounds like it should be fine. I only run my lights for 8 hours. They come on at 2PM and go off at 10PM, so I can enjoy a few hours of tank viewing time. I use timers as well.

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Concur, just set up some timers. 8-12 hrs is plenty and it really does not mater what time as long as you develop a consistent patern. Mine are on from 1PM until 11PM daily because I do not get home until dinner time.

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As long as you stick with an established photoperiod, that should be fine. My zoanthid tank does not come on til 8pm then goes off at 8am.
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Old 09-25-2006, 09:07 PM   #5
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Sounds good. It would be an absolute shame if I could never enjoy my fish and corals after all the money I have spent.

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