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Old 05-05-2010, 05:34 PM   #1
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Lighting times for newly started tank?

Hello I have just setup my tank, put sand salt and live rock into it but am wondering about lighting. Do I need to keep the light on all day every day or is it at just during he day, help please!
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Lighting needs to be just like nature. Several hours on and several hours off. I do mine 12 on and 12 off.
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Sounds like you are starting your cycle. If so, leave the lights off for now. No need to start a war with algae right from the start.

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Yes did not see you were just starting. During the cycle you dont need lighting. Sorry about that.
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yeah when you are starting your cycle you don't need to have you lights on at all but after your cycle do a 12/12 or less like 10/14 or 8/16
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How long shall I leave the lights off for as I'm doing my cycle?
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Youll want to leave them off until the cycle is over. Count on about a month if your rocks are live. Maybe a little sooner if you have a good bit of cured rock in there.

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