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Old 12-03-2006, 11:27 PM   #1
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ability lights . With the acitinic , and day light bulbs , what is your programing of it ... How long is acitinic on ,then day light and back to acitinic .....Just curious to how the times you run yours . I am tweaking ours and thought that I would see what you all run yours ....
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I run my super actinic and 50/50 bulb at the same time. I dont stagger mine at all. They come on at 9A and go off at 9P. Not saying stagger times are bad ,I just dont do it.
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Old 12-04-2006, 11:16 AM   #3
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Not saying stagger times are bad ,I just dont do it.
Ditto.

Both come on at 12:30pm and go off at 10:30pm.
The blue moon LED are always on.

I've thought several times about putting them on their own timers and staggering them, but everything is doing so well that I haven't bothered.
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I have 50/50 bulbs in my fixture now. I turn them on at the same time and off at the same time. LED are always on as well.

When I get my MH light installed, I might stagger an actinic light in the morning/late night, but I'm undecided right now.
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I run all of mine at the same time. I use an 8 hour lighting period.
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what are the differences in lighting periods? i notice some people use 12, 10 or 8.
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All really depends on your preference, when you want the lights on, etc. Mine come on at 4 pm when I get home from work and off usually around midnight when I go to bed. Some people just have them on timers. No real difference in them though, some are just shorter or longer than others.

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I believe 8-12 is a standard practice. I was having cyano problems and reduced my lighting from 10 to 8 hours and never changed it back.
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That is sort of the reason I am tweaking mine I have some not alot on the back that I can not get to very easy.... I also have been having issues with zoa growth and for no reason that I can find they are not growing very well if at all I have done the steak out the tank at night nada , I have checked perameters all good , even bought a new kit to test and again fine all other corals are fine I have to run a CA test soon but suspect that is also WNL ... So to increase vewing time I have the acitinc turn on at like 915 am and the day lights at 1130 and off at 7 for the day lights ....acitinc off at 815 pm to see if that helps with the zoas and with the cyano
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I believe 8-12 is a standard practice. I was having cyano problems and reduced my lighting from 10 to 8 hours and never changed it back.
Same here.
I used to have mine come on a couple of hours earlier until my month long battle with the red slime.
Right now, mine come on during my lunch hour in case I come home and they stay on till the wife goes to bed.
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