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Old 02-10-2012, 12:20 AM   #211
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Got me some 4 outlet timers with timer/outlet on switch and 60 settings (half hour increments) at lowes for $2.50! They were 75% off so I had to grab some. I'm using two of them in my nano setup (main lights, fuge light/moonlights). The only downside is they are bulky.

However you can also get a power strip that is a timer. I have one, 3 spots for daylights, 3 spots for actinics, 1 spot for moonlights, 1 "always on".
I can't pass up a deal myself! I totally get it. I'm thinking of using the power strip timer but idk yet I'm gonna look at liars and see what they have. I am like Carey and I hate cords everywhere so I'm trying to eliminate that!
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:41 AM   #212
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You will have cords everywhere regardless, lol.

You can mix your blues and whites together. A lot of people put the blues on for an hour or two, then blues+whites, then blues for an hour or two. Sort of simulates dusk/dawn.
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:54 AM   #213
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You will have cords everywhere regardless, lol.

You can mix your blues and whites together. A lot of people put the blues on for an hour or two, then blues+whites, then blues for an hour or two. Sort of simulates dusk/dawn.
Yeah I seem to be finding that out! Everything has multiple cords! Haha

That makes sense! Does that have any affect on the corals? Like is it beneficial for them?
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Very, well I mean you could do without the whites, but the corals need the 420-460nm actinics for their growth.
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:39 AM   #215
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If you found a 4 bulb fixture I would get a 2 bulb one to make a total of six.

I would start on the low end of time for the immediate future. I run my whites i think 8 or 9 hours and the blues about 12 hours.

They have timers you can get at lowes or home depot that will have two outlets for timing. You can mix and match to get it the way you want. I would stick to every other is a blue bulb, I don't think it would give enough proper coverage.
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:36 AM   #216
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If you found a 4 bulb fixture I would get a 2 bulb one to make a total of six.

I would start on the low end of time for the immediate future. I run my whites i think 8 or 9 hours and the blues about 12 hours.

They have timers you can get at lowes or home depot that will have two outlets for timing. You can mix and match to get it the way you want. I would stick to every other is a blue bulb, I don't think it would give enough proper coverage.
That was my initial thought but I wasn't sure because the 4 bulb fixture has one plug and I was concerned about the ability to turn on just 2 of the bulbs one time and then two of them later. Is there a way to do that? I really like the 2 bulb fixture I found that has the led lights. What do you think of that? Needed or a waste? It also comes with one white bulb and one actinic bulb, I was assuming that it's a blue bulb from what I looked up.

Is there any benefit to the led lights?
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moonlighting is just for us, the fish and coral dont care. lol

I'm not sure how the setup is for the fixture youre talking about. If it has a single cord then there should be a timer. If there are not separate controls for the blue and white then pass on that fixture.
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You deff want separate control of blues and whites makes things a lot nicer if possible one with a timer that you can set both set of lights with.
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The dusk/dawn simulation doesn't effect the corals or fish. It doesn't matter if you have separate control of the blues and whites. My fixtures turn on all at once and shut off the same way, and I don't have any adverse effects.
That's all for human enjoyment.
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Yeah well put mr. X. I have found it nice to be able just to use the blues at times or at least have the option too.
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