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Old 02-05-2014
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Default Split lighting scheduals?

Anyone have any experience with split lighting schedules?

Like lights that come on in the morning for a few hours and then come on again in the evening for a few hours?

My schedule may make it so that I'm only hear in the very early morning and in the late evening, so i was thinking about splitting my lighting schedule so that the lights arnt on for like 16 hours a day.

I think ElectricEelCat does that... Ill have to contact him.



Just seeing if anyone has experience with doing that or if they know someone that does....

My guess is they would settle into the new schedule and be fine. But thats my guess.

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That's interesting, I would like to know too. I used to use a split schedule dealing with algae issues for a non-troph planted tank. No problems for the fish, but we're dealing with trophs here.

I have T5HO and the Current Satellite FW + LED's. The Satellites come in earlier in the day and the last to go off, the T5HO's are timed for mid-day, so just 6 hours of exposure of bright exposure
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We turn the basement lights on around 9am & go off about 9pm, there is only 1-20W CFL (which is I think 75W reg) in the area where my tanks are. I have the lights on the tanks come on for roughly 5 hours on a timer. The single bulb gives them enough light for the time the tank lights are not on. My fish seem OK with the lighting they are getting and I do get algae growth in the tank with this amount of lighting.
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Good question. , my lighting schedule is a bit different, my lights come on at noon, full spectrum (with wave maker), then later part of the night it switches over to the full moon cycle spectrum, then it shuts off completely before sunrise (wave maker off too) until noon again. Gives the fish some rest period without any lighting for about 5 hours. The room they are in blinds are closed for the most part. I'm using a digital timer with different settings. Am I out of hand ?

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I wouldnt see why not. Some people don't even run lights on there tanks. I run my lights on my tanks for like 5 hours in the morning and 5 hours in the evening
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I'm sure they'd be fine. Consistency is key, anything else I think is irrelevant
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In the house I only have the lights on when it gets dark outside. In the fish house they get light off and on all the time.

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Ive left lights on for 2 days before, and off for few days as well. I only have a timer on my big tank. Fish dont seem to mind.
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