Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 04-27-2007, 11:00 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 42
Lighting timer question

I have a light with three different lighting settings that are on timers. One setting is daylight; one is a neon-type of light, probably for evening or night; and the third is a set of 6 LEDs, to emulate moonlight. My question is the timing..... How long should each setting be? Should the settings be closely aligned with the natural light, (i.e., if sunrise is at 7:00 or so, should the daylight light come on at 7:00 or follow it around 8:00 instead?) Does the daylight need to be on for 12 hours, or is 8 hours sufficient?


LynnCeeBee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2007, 12:00 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: not here anymore
Posts: 5,338
It's really personal choice, and when you want to view your tank under certain lighting. In general, I think most here seem to have their main (both white and actinic) lights on for 8-12 hours. Mine are on 10 hours. The only issue with longer main light periods is the possibility of having algae issues. The LEDs can be 24 hours a day if you want, or they can be on only at night... it really doesn't matter.

I believe the "neon" type you're talking about is an actinic light? It looks very bluish? Here's my typical lighting schedule, just to give you an idea:

before 9:30am: all lights off
9:30am: actinic lights on
10:00am: actinic lights + main daylight (10k) lights on
8:00pm: daylight lights off, actinic lights still on
9:00pm: actinic lights off, LED moonlights on
7:30am: LED moonlights off

Kurt_Nelson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2007, 01:12 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
Ziggy953's Avatar

POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Owings Mills, Maryland
Posts: 9,101
Kurt is right...it is a personal choice but I would not go with more then 10 hours of lighting (MH or your mail 10K lights)

I have my lights come on later in the day as there isn't anyone around to enjoy them early. My Actinics come on at 10am and burn until 11pm. My Left MH comes on at 11:30am and the right comes on at 12:00pm. The left goes off at 10 and the right goes off at 10:30.....my moon lights are part of my fans that keep everything cool so they are on all the time....
Ziggy953 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2007, 05:45 PM   #4
Community Admin
melosu58's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 37,888
I also agree that it is personal choice. I have mine on for 12 hrs. I dont have any moonlights.
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2007, 05:48 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
roka64's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
I agree, a personal choice. I run mine all at once, from 2PM to 10PM, so I can enjoy about three hours of fish staring, plus it gives me time for any type of maint I may need to preform.
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Acronym List

roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote

light, lighting

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lighting timer??? jmanc Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 4 03-26-2008 03:19 PM
How does everyone set there lighting timer? PauloSilva Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 27 04-01-2006 07:58 AM
Mutiple timer issue for lighting kaaikop Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 03-31-2005 03:42 PM
Light Timer Settings - Question Fishy289 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 08-20-2004 07:10 PM
lighting timer CubicGgW Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 09-15-2003 05:39 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:09 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.