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Old 11-13-2010, 08:37 AM   #1
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hello,i bought a sundial 48" t-5 ho 4x54watts 10k/460w with intergrated dusk to dawn timers and built in fans and was wondreing how long do i leave the blue actinic on for and the 10k light on.i have a leather coral,brain coral i'am starting to get some green algae in my tank on the glass and have to clean it off with a razor blade.
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you should try to mimic the natural day, by keeping the daylights on at least 8 hours. what i would do is run the blues for 12 hours, and the daylights for 8, starting them 2 hours after the blues, and ending 2 hours before they go off.
kind of a dawn/dusk simulation.
as far as the algae, like you said, a good razor blade will take care of that fairly easily.
algae needs nutrients to thrive. if you are seeing more than usual, you might need to do a few water changes with good source water (R.O.D.I.).

btw, i also would look into changing out the stock lamps in that fixture for high end ones. you will be surprised how much of a difference they will make.
i suggest ATI aquablue special and ATI blue plus.
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I agree. Always try to simulate what nature provides. Doug has you covered on the other things.
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where can i find these lights on line.thank you for the response.
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the ATI bulbs?
ATI T5 Lamps
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How do you like that light fixture in general? Is it noisy?
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it sounds a little loud at first,then it seems to quiet down some.i really don't hear it. but in general i like it alot well worth the $325.00.I will up grade the soon.thank you.
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thanks doug eor the info on the lights nice.nice to hear from you again.
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