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Old 08-07-2012, 03:54 AM   #1
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It's started i used play sand and crushed coral filled it up with fresh water added salt but not in the red yet warming the water now as we speak I have a aqua tech protein skimmer and a peginun water filter I'm thinking about using a black light for lighting read it speeds up the cycle process
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:29 PM   #2
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Black light mmm... interesting. I've read it somewhere though that lights doesn't really help when you're just cycling your tank so it's better to leave it off.
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Lighting has nothing to do with a cycle. Only thing that black light will do is grow algae. The bacteria involved with nutrient breakdown are not photosynthetic. They do not benefit from light.
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What kind of lighting should I do when I'm done with the cycle
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:36 PM   #5
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What kind of lighting should I do when I'm done with the cycle
Aquarium lighting....for a fish only tank a simple 2 bulb t5 with one 10k one actinic will be plenty. If doing reef higher intensity lighting will be needed depending on what corals you plan to keep.
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