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Old 09-11-2003, 04:06 AM   #1
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New Setup. 50 gal. How long should I leave the light on? How many hours a day would be ok. I have 4 damsels in now for the cycling process. Is it bad to keep the light on at night? I have a pic attached.
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If you plan on a fish only tank with no live corals then you could leave the light off most of the time. Fish really only need the light to stimulate their wake/sleep cycles.

For a fish only setup you could light the tank for anywhere between 8-12 hours but going no longer than 12 hours with the lights on. For best and least effort you could put your lights on a timmer so that you dont have to turn the lights on/off every day. Plan your lighting times so you can enjoy the fish with the light on and dont have to interupt the night/day cycle.

For example if you work in the day then you might want the lights to come on at 1PM and go off at 10PM or maybe noon to midnight. This way you can enjoy the tank with the light on all evening.
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Thanks! Sounds like a good idea about the timer, think I'll go pick one up @ HD. I didn't know the light stimulates the sleep cycle of the fish.
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Old 09-11-2003, 04:03 PM   #4
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? on lights -----66g tank 48x24x16 fish & reef.
Will VHO app 400w be suffitient for most corals - soft coral , brains, clams, anemones, etc ?
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