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Old 12-14-2011, 08:53 AM   #1
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Tips on lighting for new corals

So, I got my new corals. I obviously don't want to leave my lights on for the entire time that I usually do. Should I push my lighting down to 4 hours and slowly go up from there?
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:45 PM   #2
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Depends.

-What types of coral
- What type of lighting you have
- What type of lighting they were previously illuminated by
- The length of the photoperiod they were previous under
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I ended up getting a moon brain, colt, candy cane frag, australian duncan, orange ricordea (1 polyp), a yellow zoo (10 polyps), and toadstool leather.

I'm running a T5 setup. so 2 10k bulbs, 2 actinic, and 2 blue leds.

I ordered them off saltwaterfish.com so I have no clue what they were lighted under.

I'm currently just giving them 4 hours of light while I'm not at work. The rest of the time they are under the blue LED moonlighting.
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Your lighting plan sounds good. Those are generally all hardy corals though, so it might not take them that long to photo-acclimate.
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None of those corals mentioned require intense light and an 8 hour lighting photoperiod should be fine. Just keep an eye on the corals to check for supersaturation which could cause bleacing.
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