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Old 06-02-2005, 06:46 PM   #1
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New PC Lighting...Should I slowly acclimate tank to light?

Hi all,

Just got some new Coralife Lunar Aqualight 4x65watt PC Lighting from Captivereefs (got in 2 business days, wow! Thx Darin).

I've only had 30watts of Normal Output Florescent lighting on it before, so should I only introduce the lighting on for say, 5 hours the first day, 6 hours the second, etc...until I get to about 10-11 hours a day?

The reason why I'm asking is because I'm worried it might fry the growth on my LR now. I remember reading about this topic recently for metal halides, but would the same apply for the less intense PC Lighting?

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PC lighting is a bit stronger then NO but not as intense as MH. I do not think you need to worry about ay type of photo-acclimation. To be safe, your plan sounds great. It should not take too much time before you are ready to go. I have the same fixture and am pretty happy with it. Moonlights are on 24/7, actinics come on at 11am and off at 11pm, 10,000K come on at noon and off at 10pm. Enjoy the new fixture!
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Since you don't have any corals, I would just start w/ a full light cycle. The LR hitchhikers should be fine, and will soon be doing better . Remember to watch your tank temp. at first, although it shouldn't be much of an issue. HTH.
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You may notice a little algae bloom with stronger lights but shouldnt be much of a concern if you have a cleanup crew.
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hey boardsurfer.....

Are you happy with this lighting? I ordered that same Coralife setup. How does it look compared to regular NO lighting?
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I have this setup, retrofit version. I LOVE mine... nice and crisp, clear, and BRIGHT! Well worth the $$.

I'll be keeping these until I upgrade into a bigger tank... I'm sure you'll be happy with them compared to NO.
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hey boardsurfer.....

Are you happy with this lighting? I ordered that same Coralife setup. How does it look compared to regular NO lighting?
Dr.Nate, I LOVE this new lighting system. Just like mentioned above, it is crisp, blue/white and bright! I love having the 10,000k lights and the actinics on in the day, then the actinics for an hour in the evenings (the fish glow!) and then the moonlights all night long (my Coral Banded Shrimp comes out and he glows, too).

It's also a great, sleek, black, clean looking lighting system.

I am completely satisfied with this setup so far. Can't wait to add corals in after some time elapses!
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