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Old 03-13-2007, 12:37 AM   #1
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Should a refugium have lighting on 24 7? if not should the lighting run with or opposite to the main tank?

is this a valid question?
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I keep mine on pretty much 24/7 but I do give it a break of a few hours during lights on in the main tank every once in a while. For the most part though my fuge lights are on all the time. I have considered going to a reverse lighting schedule with timers, lights off fuge on lights on fuge off. I haven't decided. Right now things are doing very well with the 24/7 lighting so I'm not going to change anytime soon.

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with so much macro algae it a refugium is it possible to raise an urchin or two in it? do they require live rock to hide it? can they be exposed to light 24/7?
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That is a question I can't answer as I do not have an urchin. I do know they need rockwork to graze on...
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If i bought a HOB Fuge would the lighting effect the main tank? (when lights are off in the main tank will the light spilling over from the fuge throw anything off?)
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If you put a cover on the back of the tank you might be OK. I have a 40 gallon refuge and it has alot of calerpa in it. The light has to be on 24/7 to keep calerpa to keep it from going sexual. But if you dont have calerpa then you can cut lights off oppisite the main as you suggested in earlier post.
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A HOB fuge would have to be sheilded like Melosu said from the main tank.
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It depends on the urchin. Mine graze the corraline off the rock (I have a pencil and a pincushion) and sometimes the sand or glass. The pincushion will pick up anything, including snails, pieces of algae (mine even carried the hydrometer around for a day), rock. So I would stay away from them in a fuge, that you want to keep your algae in one place. The pencil urchin can move or shift light rockwork when he decides to get inbetween two pieces. I have noticed the pincushion will eat hair algae (I just think he eats whatever is on the rock). If you want one in your fuge, go with the pencil, but I would have some rockwork for him. I'm not sure about a long spined urchin, but that will be one of my next purchases.
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so a pencil urchin doesnt care how long the lights are on or how much room it has as long as there is something to graze on?
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I don't think anything really appreciates a 24/7 lighting schedule, but that doesn't mean it will up and die. As long as the urchin has food to graze on it will be ok. FWIW I noticed better macro algae growth and more pods in my fuge after decreasing my lighting schedule from 24 to 18 hours.
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