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Featured Blues On Or Off During The Night???

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by steve861uk, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. steve861uk

    steve861uk Registered

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    My new AI Prime HD has a lunar function that can imitate the phases of the moon to reduce/increase the blue light if left on at night (currently set at 5% it will become 2.5 at half moon and 1.25 at quarter moon, etc..).

    I ask the question as am not sure if leaving some light on all night is beneficial to the occupants, or not? So what's the verdict and what do you do? :)
     
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    jim_fitz Admin Staff Member

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    mine go off completely

    doubt warby will reply :(
     
  4. steve861uk

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    Ok, thanks Jim.

    Have just done a google search on this topic to get some ideas and it seems that approx. half do keep them on, with the justification/idea behind it being that the moon is mostly present and casts a fair bit of light onto the reef (the exception obviously being British Waters where it's black as the ace of spades all of the time :risas3::risas3::risas3::risas3:).

    Must admit it was nice to come down this morning and see the corals, nem and clowns (other fish were still asleep in their caves) :D. My gold torch was out and swaying in all it's glory, as well as a few others.

    I'm up at 5:20am, out the house by 6am to get to work for 7am so I can now at least have breakfast in front of the tank with the dog for company if I want too :).
     
  5. taxidermyem

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    I had my lunar mode on and it didn't even light up lmao xx
     
  6. doug_amanda

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    Total darkness for me, but if I had some sort of moonlight light then I think I would use it.
     
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    Lights off. When the tank is dark all the bugs, cuc, etc come out. Also very easy to see things spawning with a torch.
     
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    mine go out 11.30 till 6am.

    they need full dark, its natural
     
  9. steve861uk

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    You need to set your blues on at a suitable level to begin with for Lunar mode to work (my blue is set at 3% between 11pm and 6am and lunar mode is set to run also between 11pm and 6am).

    So far it seems to be working (i.e. is noticeably darker for a few days) :D
     
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    After careful consideration (and a slight rise in Alk which may/or may not be related) my tank is now fully darkened once again after 11pm :).

    I can still take advantage of the lunar feature of the light by setting it to feature between 9pm and 11pm and ensuring that my led's are no longer running alongside by this time (or I can ignore this feature......damn you AI for providing this to an indecisive person such as myself :confused:).
     
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  11. penzo

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    Lights out for me,they go off at 11 and on again at 9.
     
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    Lights out for me. Slow rise in the morning to full sun for few hours. Gradual on and off.
     
  13. shady

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    Lights out for me also , although my lights have a feature of moonlight I don't use it , full blackout with the odd shimmer of light from the sump light where the cupboards don't quite meet
     
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    Off. You can consider a moonlight if you want but bear in mind that can encourage some corals to spawn at night, and that can be bad.....
     
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    Just reading this thread....we are thinking of moonlighting so I'll keep you posted!
     
  16. jim_fitz

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    its an option on my lights that i dont use
     
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