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Old 08-13-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I will be getting corals eventually, but right now have 2 damsels, live rock and 12 little blue hermit crabs.

What lighting should I be running? My damsels seem to be getting happier by the day.

I am going to do soft corals sooner than later, but what kind of lighting should I do for now? I have the odyssea lighting that has the 4 blue actinics, a 250w metal halide, and the blue mood lighting. I can turn whatever ones I want on and off independently.

That said, which lights should I run for now and for how long each day?

Thank you.
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An 8 hr/day light cycle is fine. Since you have no corals to worry about now, you can use whatever lighting you like best. I personally like a more natural "white" light looking tank so I wouldn't use 4 actinics, but it's a personal preference at this point. When you do move to corals I would replace 2 of the actinics with bulbs in the 10K range.
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You have that odyssea light fixture? If you do then you're set for corals and everything.
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:31 PM   #4
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An 8 hr/day light cycle is fine. Since you have no corals to worry about now, you can use whatever lighting you like best. I personally like a more natural "white" light looking tank so I wouldn't use 4 actinics, but it's a personal preference at this point. When you do move to corals I would replace 2 of the actinics with bulbs in the 10K range.

Are 2 250 watt metal halides ok when I get some corals? I have 2 36" Odyssea fixtures.

Would I be ok to do an 8 hr actinic light then say 4 hr moonlight LED? for now and not use the metal halides at all?
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I run my whites from 10am to 8 pm. The blues go on first at 9am and are the last to go off at 9pm. The moonlights you can run untilo you go to bed I suppose, it doesnt matter too much.
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Bump up top. Please help.

How long should I run my Metal Halides, actinics, and lunar led's?

Should I start the day off with halides, then move to actinics then leds?
I had the same fixture on my 46 gallon.You can run the actinic's for 12 hours straight with the MH's on for 8 hours.I would turn the actinic's on two hours before the MH's and leave them on two hours after the MH's go off.The moonlights are just for your viewing benefit,they really don't matter as far as the fish and corals,I had mine just come on after all the other lights went out.
This time scheme worked good for me.
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Thanks guys,

This is exciting! I setup the lighting like you said, and its COOL. At "night" when lunar led's are on the damsels go into a little rock cave. During the "sunrise (actinics come on)" they start coming out and at sun up (halides turn on) all the fish are really active.

Loving it!
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I run my whites from 10am to 8 pm. The blues go on first at 9am and are the last to go off at 9pm. The moonlights you can run untilo you go to bed I suppose, it doesnt matter too much.
Hey Carey, one question on this:

How hard is it to replace the lunar LED's if/when they burn out? I'm fine with leaving them on all night as I know this is super low wattage, just worried about them burning out super fast

Speaking of wattage, should I see a huge increase in my electric bill by running 2 of these lights?

As a reminder this is the light I have:

Odyssea Metal Halide System
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You're running 812w of lighting for 10-12 hours a day, yes, your electric bill is going to go up by a significant amount lol
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just because you have a metal halide fixture, doesn't mean you'll be able to keep whatever you want. i once purchased a chinese built 250 watt halide fixture and put it over a 30 cube and the corals starved for light, no matter what lamp i used in it.
in some cases, those ballasts fire the lamps, but do not push them to capacity.
i would research these fixtures. see if anyone has used a PAR meter on them.
also, those odyssea fixtures have been known to burst into flames. i hope you have a good homeowners policy!
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