So its been 12 days. I did 4 nights with moonlights, 4 nights without moonlights, and 4 days of white light only.
Without moonlights the anemone (test subject) would generally close up for the night within the first hour of the lights being shut off.
With moonlights on the anemone would stay open for several hours thereafter and generally would closeup a couple of hours before natural daylight hit the room. With the moonlights on and natural sunlights, the anemone would open but would not fully extend.
So I decided to see how the anemone reacts to a very bright white light in a separate tank. If the light is shined upon the anemone (which was attached to a rock - so the nem was 4 inches from the surface) after a Completely dark night, the anemone would detach and try find a slightly darker spot that still receives a lot of light. The light was then put to the side of the aquarium and the anemone found a spot on the bottom of the tank, but still in the direct path of the light.
My final conclusion? I will probably keep the moonlights on for 2 weeks of the month, and 2 weeks off. In the regular tank, the nem was attached to a rock about 8 inches from the surface - so it likes the amount of light that it receives from that area.
When I first received the Condy anemone it was a very pale white with pink tips. Now the anemone ~2 months later is a tan color with pink tips - and it looks a lot more puffed up and bigger. Throughout the 2 months, the anemone always had the moonlights on ad was fed 1-2 times a week. So I will do the 2 weeks on/off and see how that goes.
Haha I should propose this as research at my university! They were already researching how higher CO2
affects inverts, why not this!