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Bigdawg355 06-28-2013 01:23 PM

Moon lighting ?
I'm new to the hobby and keep hearing about moon lighting , my question is what exactly is it and is it beneficial or harmful
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rexpepper651 06-28-2013 04:42 PM

i wouldnt see it to be harmful. if you think about a night with a full moon or something to that affect. benefits im guessing would be more natural environment for the fish and you get to seem them still. alot of people have planted tanks an run their lights on a timer so it gives you more time to enjoy your tank(s) without risking a algae outbreak.

Bigdawg355 06-28-2013 06:25 PM

Well when u put it that way it makes sense lol thanks
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Bigdawg355 06-28-2013 10:32 PM

Can they stay on al the time?
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jaysee 06-28-2013 10:53 PM


Originally Posted by Bigdawg355 (Post 2432090)
Can they stay on al the time?
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I have an LED light fixture that has built in moonlights, and they are always on. 3 choices - all on, all off, or moonlights only. I have other modular moonlights that don't have an on/off switch, so they just stay on 24/7.

Bigdawg355 06-28-2013 11:27 PM

Ok I wasn't sure cause I've heard they need complete darkness for a period of time
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jaysee 06-28-2013 11:31 PM

Well, there are nights where there is no moonlight. I actually have in interesting experiment I can run. I have both blue and white moonlights. The BGK only comes out at night - the instance I turn off the lights it is out exploring. I'll run both lights on the tank and see how the fish reacts.

Bigdawg355 06-28-2013 11:35 PM

Ya my African featherfin only comes out at night so that would help out a lot thank you
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rexpepper651 06-29-2013 08:38 AM

depends on how bright your moonlighting is. theres a good diy one on here i believe. using cold cathod computer lights and a 9 volt power supply.

JDM 06-29-2013 01:35 PM

I set my timer to activate the blue lights before the white lights and stay on longer afterwards. With my plant cover it doesn't really do anything but the fish do become more active once they come on in the morning so I wouldn't want to leave them on. Besides, the bulbs are rated for so many hours and running them 24 hours a day at least halves their life expectancy. Not such a big deal with bulbs but more of an issue with LED fixtures... although mine would still last almost 6 years.

I wouldn't use them at all except for the multistage timer.


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