How long should I leave each light on?

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  1. Coasterofluv

    Coasterofluv Fire Worm

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    Good morning reefers!
    I'm so stoked my soft corals are fine. Whew. Yesterday I wasn't a happy camper.
    Anyways, I've got a 30g peaceful reef (this may be on my siggy?) and I have the Coralife Lunar Aqualight T5 Lamp High Output Fixture and was wondering how many hours I should run the day bulbs...should I run them alone or with the actinic...when/should/for how long run actinic alone and the same for the lunar lights.
    Right now I turn on the white and purple and run them for like 9-10 hours then leave the lunar LEDs on for 1-2 hours before I shut it all down.
    I'm trying to sustain as much soft corals as possible. When I get the hang of things I want to add an anenome and possibly a clam but I doubt it.
    More like bubble and carpet anenome.

    A schedule would be so great. Thanks a bunch!!
     
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  3. m2434

    m2434 Giant Squid

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    Most of our corals come from reefs near the equator. So, 12 hours on light per day. Personally, I like the first and last few hours to be actinic, which gives a it of a dusk-dawn effect and then the whites as well, in the middle. I don't think there is a "right" answer though, as long as everything is healthy.
     
  4. ledaqualights

    ledaqualights 3reef Sponsor

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    Yeah i agree with m2434 here. If there are any issues with algae then reduce the time they are on from 8-10 hours.
     
  5. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I run 10 hours with the actinic/blue bulbs and 8 hours with daylight bulbs. I have the daylights come on one hour after the actinics come on.
     
  6. ReefBruh

    ReefBruh Giant Squid

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    I run my blues from 9 am to 10 pm. I have 3 400W MH that I run to assimilate sun rise. The first one comes on at 1 pm and goes off at 7 pm, the second comes on at 2 pm and goes off at 8 pm, and my last comes on at 3 pm and goes off at 9 pm.
     
  7. ledaqualights

    ledaqualights 3reef Sponsor

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    Yeah likewise, seems to work fine. I was at 12 hours but was having issues with algae growth
     
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  9. Coasterofluv

    Coasterofluv Fire Worm

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    I am seriously going to have to get a timer. I leave here for school at 6:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays and that kind of limits my options.
     
  10. cosmo

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    My blues/colors/uv come on about 12:30 and go off around 1 AM with a 2 hour sunset period, because, well the blues look awesome and thats my peace/quiet time to enjoy the tank and feed.

    the whites are on from 2 till 11 PM;)
     
  11. Coasterofluv

    Coasterofluv Fire Worm

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    yeah I definitely need a timer!! Thankfully my Uv/white and LED all have their own power cords.
     
  12. oldfishkeeper

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    I like to run my actinics a good amount of the time. I vary with how much they are on, I prefer the actinics and then have the daylight on for 6 hours and actinic for like 9. I only have "easy" soft corals at this point. I'm sure that will be different once I'm able to house an anemone - I saw that was perhaps a goal for you too. I'm going to splurge once I get my water quality to a good place and buy ATI bulbs for my T5 bulbs. I most likely will need a timer too at that time.

    Oh, I saw on anther thread that you found your goby!! Good news!