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Old 06-09-2012, 05:50 AM   #1
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Cycling light?

Hi I've started cycling my salt water reef tank and I'm doing it about 4 days now and just wondering if the t5 lights are enough light or should I have my halogens also on at this stage.
Or are the halogens only needed for the corals.
Thanks any help would be brilliant.
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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You really don't need to light the tank while cycling.
And you definitely shouldn't ever use Halogens on an aquarium, except for maybe an Algae Turf Scrubber. I'm pretty sure you mean Halides.
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:51 AM   #3
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Hey thanks for the reply. Yeah sorry halides. Lol.

And I'm using redsea mature reef pro. And that kit is telling me to have the lights on for 10 hours a day. But not sure it means the halides and t5 or just one or the other?

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Yep, keep the lights off during the cycle, will just promote algae growth which is a bad way tho start things . lol

Maybe they are talking about AFTER the cycle to keep the lights on 10 hours a day. ?
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Yep, keep the lights off during the cycle, will just promote algae growth which is a bad way tho start things . lol

Maybe they are talking about AFTER the cycle to keep the lights on 10 hours a day. ?
No it's definitly says knock it on for 10 hours a day with cycling? And encourages the growth or coralline algae? Very confused now?
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Coralline algae is purple and alot of people like it. BUT you will not be growing any coralline during your cycle. the algae that will grow is green hair algae and other green and brown stuff.

I have several tanks and I promise you, keep the lights off during the cycle. if you don't have anything in there that needs light why waste the bulb life and electricity? Others will chime in as the day goes on and 99% of them will tell you the same thing, no lights on during the cycle.
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Ok I'll check the kit again later to make sure. And I'll post up a picture of what it says and see what you guys think then.
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Hey here's what it says in my instructions.
What do you think. Thanks
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Hey Steo,
I've never heard of the reef mature program, but I guarantee you the collective advice you get on this site, won't steer you wrong.
I do see in the instructions, that it says to add cured live rock. This will significantly shorten your cycle time, as there will be no die-off from the rocks. With this situation the tank would probably cycle in 2 weeks, and maybe they are suggesting to light it to aid in the development of coralline algae. Lighting during the cycle is not necessary though, and if your rock isn't cured, lighting will lend to excessive algae growth, that you don't want.
Best of luck with the start of your aquarium!
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Looks like they're sending you down a path for some expenses. Leave the light off, add an ammonia source, and wait it out.
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