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Old 10-13-2012, 08:36 AM   #1
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Lighting at Night?

Hi all with my new tank the shop I got it from says I need a light on at night to so I got a night light but other places say I don't need one at night anyone got any advice much appreciated
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Interesting topic. Some believe that it is helpful while others believe it is only pleasing to the human eye. I don't see where it is needed. I have them on my reef so I can watch it at night, that's it.
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Do you switch them off at all, I've have also just added my first corals to
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I don't because I think it helps the corals
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I keep my moonlights on a hour after and a hour before my main lights for an added dawn/dusk effect but they still have about 10 hours of darkness.
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Ah right nice cheers pal
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My moonlighting is always on because I'm lazy and got tired of setting up timers for all my lights.
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I keep my moonlights on a hour after and a hour before my main lights for an added dawn/dusk effect but they still have about 10 hours of darkness.
I don't think having a light on 24/7 is good for fish or corals but The idea of an hour of blue light in the morning and at night is great! I think I will adopt that practice!
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I don't think having a light on 24/7 is good for fish or corals but The idea of an hour of blue light in the morning and at night is great! I think I will adopt that practice!
Moonlights are very low wattage and only provide a shimmer effect on the water. It doesn'tpenetrate enough to effect chiral and as for fish, what would they do when the mon is out? Running moonlights 24/7 doesn't cause issues.
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My moonlighting is always on because I'm lazy and got tired of setting up timers for all my lights.
Haha great honest answer lol. I have moonlights on my cube until 3am then total darkness until sunrise at 7am. Oh and my moonlight starts at 8pm. I have the AI fixture so I get that ramp up and down nice and slow.

On my 75g African tank I'd have to go with what hank said. I'm too lazy to setup timers etc so there on 24/7. There not really that bright anyway and if your looking at the tank at night it just gives you a hint of what's going on.

Put it this way.... I tried to take a picture and its too dark to show up. But in person it's nice and gives off a nice shimmer effect.
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