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TheStig
10/02/2009, 07:53 PM
I'm wondering how much lighting is needed when I'm cycling my tank... should i run it longer or stay with the 10-12 hours a day?

CoRPS
10/02/2009, 07:55 PM
No light is needed during the cycling.

TheStig
10/02/2009, 07:56 PM
so is running the lights a bad thing?

CoRPS
10/02/2009, 08:00 PM
Having your lights on is fine. Don't leave them on more than 12hrs or you may get a ton of algae. If ur rock has a nice amount of coraline on it you should keep the lights on a 6-10hr schedule, if they don't you're just wasting electricity.

jenjen
10/02/2009, 08:19 PM
I used the cycle as a time to get used to how things worked in my setup. So I ran everything (including lighting) as if my tank were live. My lights ran on the timer, the skimmer was running etc. It's not necessary, but it's a great time to try everything out and get used to your system before you fill it up with live stuff.

lancer99
10/02/2009, 10:35 PM
No light is needed during the cycling.

Having your lights on is fine..

Make up your mind! :) J/K!

It's a bad idea to leave lights on when your tank is cycling...that just gives nuisance algae a foothold.

(That's assuming you don't have any organisms on your live rock that need light.)

Once your tank has cycled, is the time to start using lights, and to add your clean-up crew to prevent algae outbreaks.

-R

TheStig
10/02/2009, 10:58 PM
i have some coralline algae on some of the rocks... should i still leave the lights on for 10 hours or not?

lancer99
10/02/2009, 11:20 PM
I would still leave the lights off. Coralline doesn't need much light (in fact, most species hate bright light), and even if it dies off during the cycle, it should come back quickly.

-R