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Old 01-01-2006, 04:18 PM   #1
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How Long should I set the PC light to run for?

I have polyps I am just wondering how long to set the timers for.
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Snails, 2 Nudibranch, 6 Astraea, 5 cerith snails and 1 Japanese Pistol Shrimp. Updated 02/02/06
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Old 01-01-2006, 04:35 PM   #2
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10-12 hours a day is fine. If you have actinics and daylights seperated, you can set the actinics to come on an hour before and turn off an hour after your daylights for more of a "dusk to dawn" effect.
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Old 01-01-2006, 04:43 PM   #3
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Thanks so Much.. The Reson I was asking is I was Just checking to see if I was told right. I have a Brown algea growing Like crazy in the tank and did not know if it was because of the light.
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Snails, 2 Nudibranch, 6 Astraea, 5 cerith snails and 1 Japanese Pistol Shrimp. Updated 02/02/06
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Old 01-01-2006, 04:45 PM   #4
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It is possible it is from old bulbs. A new fixture should help with that. For now, I would cut way back on the lighting schedule, maybe run them 5-6hrs a day and do a series of PWC with RO/DI water to see if that helps the algae issue.
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Old 01-01-2006, 05:13 PM   #5
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The Light bulb and Fixtuer is about 1 month and a half old.
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how old is the tank ,and what type of water(tap or RO) do u use.
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Old 01-01-2006, 06:25 PM   #7
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RO and the Tank is about 1 and a half old.
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Snails, 2 Nudibranch, 6 Astraea, 5 cerith snails and 1 Japanese Pistol Shrimp. Updated 02/02/06
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What are you feeding habits like in the tank? What are your levels at? Do you run a skimmer?
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I have a Skimmer Running. I feed them Frozen Brine Shirm, 2 times a week The tang Frozen cube, and onces a week seaweed for the tank. 0Am, 0Nrite, and 2Nrate.
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chances are the brown algae are diatoms, it is normal for them to be there in new tanks. You probably could cut down the lighting to 8 hours a day until you had serious need for it. If your tank contents list is current, you could use a heck of alot more snails. Also, a a side note, the choc chip will eat corals and unless you are seeing your mandarin eat the foods you put in the tank, it is probably not getting enough to eat.
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