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Are lunar and actinic the same? If not could someone give me a schedule for mh actinic and lunar. I have not introduced any animals yet.
no they are not i dont think, lunar are at 1/2 watts to 2 watts i think, they are just led lights that resemble light from the moon. Antic lighting is a blue clolor lighting that is used in photosynthesis and is a great thing to have with corals although not needed in fish only tanks.
Heres my schudule:
Actinics: 9:30am -9:30pm
Luner lights: 11:00pm-2:00am
I do not have my luners on every night.
usmc121581, I have a coralife single timer. I plan to purchase another. So the actinic and the day lights should be on at the same time sometimes?
Yes, they will be on depending on how long you keep MH's running.
Lunar lights are only t make the fish feel comfortable. the oceans are not cave dark at night, this helps simulate that. Actinics are a completely different beast altogether. It is a different spectrum of light that should run simultaneous to your regular day lighting.
actinic, 12k power compact mix 12:01pm-11:00pm.
MH 14K 3:00pm-9:30pm
Lunar leds 10:00pm-12:30 pm.
The overlapping helps prevent a huge change from light to dark which can spook fish.
Your antics should be on for 12 hours, then the lunar.
man you guys run halides a long ass time. The halides are supposed to mimc the sun at its ulltimate power. So if you are going for natural lighting shouldnt you do like a 12-5 only?
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