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Old 11-22-2004, 04:10 PM   #1
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lighting cycle for fuge

i am going to fire up my HOB fuge today. i have read few things about lighting your fuge opposite times as your main tank to help maintain proper ph. i am not sure about how this works. does anyone here have suggestions? should i just leave it on 24x7. it is a 12 x 12 x 4 fuge with a 13w 7100k CF light over it

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I would not light it 24x7. The reason is you may end having your macro algae go sexual on you causing problems with water fouling. The concept of reverse lighting is to help balance the PH. You can simply put the light on its own timer and have the timer set to turn on around the same time the tank lights go out. With this being a hang on fuge there is bound to be some light bleed into the tank. I guess this CF light is on legs that sits above the top of the regular tank? If this is the case then you may just want to light it with the same or simular light cycle as the main tank.
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Old 11-22-2004, 08:36 PM   #3
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i actually have a small single 13watt CF that is the exact size of the HOB fuge. my regular tank lights are 130 watts and yes they are on legs. by placing the 13 watt right on top of the fuge most of the light goes right in the fuge. i will try the opposite cycle. my timer has plugs that go on when the others go off.

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Old 11-22-2004, 09:31 PM   #4
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Opposite cycle is good. from what I hear 24h light CAUSES certain algae to go sexual. Cheato doesn't go sexual, also from what I hear.

you can use a black piece of fabric or something between the fuge and tank to block out the light.

I have no firsthand experience though
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i was going to do the black fabric idea. thanks for the thoughts

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I thought I heard you leave the lights on all the time in order for macro not to go sexual? I have had macro in my fuge for 2 months now with the light on 24/7...so far so good...let me know if this is not the case?
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fishman, that's what I've heard too for calupera. AFAIK, cheato does not go sexual
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so to be clear, if i use calupera i should leave the lights on 24-7.

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I have had calupera for 2-3 months and keep the lights on 24/7...no ill effects in my tank.
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I have a mixture of cheato and feather and I have it on a reverse set up. Been fine for 6 months.
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