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Old 03-31-2009, 02:41 PM   #1
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Just got Nova Extreme Pro - How should I set timers?

I just received my nova extreme pro for my 46 bowfront aquarium. I also bought a power center with one timer for both night and day. I'm really not sure how I should set the timers. For the Nova Extreme Pro the light pattern is as follows

Switch 1: 3 Whites, 1 Blue
Switch 2: 2 Blues

How should I set these for the timers. I know for sure that I should have switch 1 on from 4pm-12am for 8 hour daytime lights. My questions is how should I time switch 2? If I plug it into the night timers it will run at all hours when the daytime lights are not on (ex. 12am-4pm which is 16 hours)...is it okay to leave two blue lights on for 16 hours of the day?
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:43 PM   #2
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Blue an hour by itself. Then white and blue together for 8 hrs. Then blue again for the last hour by itself again. That's my preference for a 10 hour lighting day.
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I wanted to do that...the thing is theres night and day timers.....and for some reason one of them has to be on...so when i have them both plugged in...if day timers arent on the blue will be for some reason...?
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Blue an hour by itself. Then white and blue together for 8 hrs. Then blue again for the last hour by itself again. That's my preference for a 10 hour lighting day.
I have the Nova Ext Pro.. and my schedule is identical to Austinsdad
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:23 PM   #5
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its not the nova...its the timer im guessing...for some reason the day or the night timer have to be on...neither of them can be off
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Yeah, it's the timer. Is it the timer that is like a power strip with two yellow and two blue sockets? Mine does the same, it's a pain in the butt. I am going to buy a separate one soon to fix the problem. If you can get us some pictures of the lighting over your tank. I'm curious to see what it looks like. I have a 46 as well.
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oh man.. sorry..didn;t realize what you were saying.. That Sucks... I mean.. What's the sense of a dual timer setup if you can't work them indepenently?

Well.. You could always run some moonlights off the second timer and just buy a 3rd plugin timer for you Regular Lights.

Side note on that fixture and Current:

one of my 10k lamps died at the 2 months old mark. I emailed Current, and they sent me a 10k and a Actinic Bulb. At the time, 2 bulbs were out but I knew only one was bad and they shared the same circuit. Anyway, I told Current this in my email and they said not to worry about troubleshooting, they were going to just send me both bulbs. They just arrived today a week after my email. Nice to see good customer service
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I actually switch mine around for better coral growth 3 blues +1 White then the Daylight on...
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I actually switch mine around for better coral growth 3 blues +1 White then the Daylight on...
So wait.. in total, 5 blues and 1 white?
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