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Old 08-16-2007, 01:12 PM   #11
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OK..I added the lighting upgrade. I now have:

(1) 36W 10000K Bulb
(3) 36W Actinic Bulbs
(3) moonglow LED's (Blue)

I also got an extra 10000K bulb that I can swap with one of the actinic's in case 3 was too many.

Any suggestions on how I should set up the schedule of the lights? Each bulb is on a separate timer.
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Old 08-16-2007, 02:41 PM   #12
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Use either 2 10k/2 actinic or 3 10k/1 actinic. The 10k spectrum is what will provide optimal health for your corals. Actinics are mainly just for aesthetics and dawn/dusk effects. If each bulb is on a timer, a common lighting schedule example would be:

(On) Actinic 1 - 12:15pm
(On) Actinic 2 - 12:30pm
(On) 10k 1 - 1pm
(On) 10k 2 - 1:15pm

(Off) 10k 1 - 11pm
(Off) 10k 2 - 11:15pm
(Off) Actinic 1 - 11:45pm
(Off) Actinic 2 - 12 (midnight)

Otherwise, you can have the actinics come on at the same time half hour before 10k's (same time). Whatever you find easiest.
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Really!?! Someone told me that the actinics were what the corals need. 8O

Thats unnerving. It was nanocustoms that told me that. Maybe the guy misunderstood me.
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Old 08-16-2007, 04:38 PM   #14
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Swap out one of the actinics for the 10K. The spectrum that the 10k produces is where the energy comes from that the corals need. 10k will promote good coral growth and the actinics will make everything look nice.

I'm running 14Ks on my tank (dual 175w MH with 220w VHO actinics) The lower the "K" the better coral growth you are going to see.

Keep in mind that it is a good idea to change your bulbs out every 8 months or so. They will shift their spectrum and you will see algae problems.

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Swap out one of the actinics for the 10K. The spectrum that the 10k produces is where the energy comes from that the corals need. 10k will promote good coral growth and the actinics will make everything look nice.

I'm running 14Ks on my tank (dual 175w MH with 220w VHO actinics) The lower the "K" the better coral growth you are going to see.

Keep in mind that it is a good idea to change your bulbs out every 8 months or so. They will shift their spectrum and you will see algae problems.

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No problem...hope it helps you out!
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Any opinions on UV Sterilizers? Are they worth the money? Are they beneficial?

I was looking at this one:


http://www.nanotuners.com/product_in...9d0ac51979e9b9
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I guess it depends on what you are concerned about. I have looked at them too but I haven't added one to my tank. There are pros and cons to them. They will get rid of parasites and things but they will also kill good things in the tank. It's more a personal decision then anything. I like the natural filtration and pods and things as well as phyto in my tank so I have been holding off.

Do some research and keep asking about them, others with them on their tanks can give you better info then I can.
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IME they are a waste of money unless you are trying to eliminate water born algaes and/or "green water." Since their usefulness is bound by what is taken from the water column, most parasites are just retarded in numbers at best, but not necessarily killed off. On the plus side, uv sterilizers will kill unwanted bacteria, but then again how can you honestly tell the difference between unwanted and wanted bacteria, which the latter is also killed along with the pods, worms, etc that Ziggy mentioned. At best, I can only see their usefulness to breeders who would like to kill any unwanted micro/organisms as a failsafe to their brood stocks.
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