Originally Posted by sedrostyle
What do u mean light cycle that works best for me? Depending on how the algae grows?
basically but if your doing things right there shouldnt be much of an algae issue. ( phosban, small weekly-monthly water changes depending your tank maintnance schedule, proper flow, not over feeding, pre-rinsing frozen foods in RO/DI and so forth )
depending the type(s) of lighting your using will also depend on your lighting setup. for example, im running LEDs to turn on blue i think at 10 am, then my white LEDs come on at 12, followed by two bulbs of t5s that come on at 130 ( this starts my peak mid-day hours ) then the t5s turn out at 530 ( used to be 630 ) then the white LEDs at 8 with the blues shutting down at 10pm. eventually i think i also want to add one or two single blue LEDs for a moonlight to stay on until 11-1130ish but this will be very very dim. so my white lights are only on 8 hours a day, with the brightest period (T5s on) being 4 hours
as you see depending how your lights are will better determine a system. if i didnt have the T5s i could get by with just the LEDs white/blue. i wouldnt run just white lights for 12 hours a day and call it done. i also suggest using a timer ( even better a controller if you can afford it ) to make your lights come on the same time everyday.
as for an RO/DI i suggest one. save for it, you can get a unit for about $100-150 and if you calculate how fast you'll use 100-200 gallons of RO/DI, distilled, or whatever source your buying it from it will soon add up to the cost of the RO/DI unit. not to mention all the lugging of water jugs, barrels, and stuff that could be avoided by just having a home unit. just what i would do personally.