Originally Posted by mr_X
You don't need moonlights. Out in the ocean, the sun beats on the water for how many hours? The point is to give corals as close to their natural habitat as possible. Water parameters and a photo period.
I run my blues for 10 hours and my daylights for 6. No moonlights.
Algae growth needs 3 things- water, light, and nutrients. keep your water pristine and you'll be fine.
I want the moon lights b/c I just want extra light time w/out promoting algae growth. Of course my water won't be pristine b/c I buy my saltwater (some day I'll have RO
in my house if I decide I like keeping up w/ this marine tank). I do my best w/ all your recommendations mr_X
Actually, today my NitrAtes were ZERO. No joke, my almost 9 yr old was jumping for joy showing me the test as we let it sit as we went about our biz today. I'm AMAZED. Totally attribute it to your help, Gregcoyote's, Sniperhank's & others' posts to me & just stuff I've researched from you guys in other posts. Really didn't expect that this fast as I haven't added the Chaeto yet!!
So I can do 10 hrs on blue tube lights & be ok?? I don't have any corals. The blues are my fave, when they run w/ the white, everything really pops. As for the algae, I just have purple coralline now but being a freshy, I want to PREVENT nuisance algae... once it's there, ugh. Harder to combat than just to prevent. I want to get an algae Blenny but I wonder about if he'll go hungry, do I wait for it to crop up first?? I imagine I can supplement his diet.