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Old 03-24-2015, 01:30 AM   #1
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I have this light and I love it. I have read , on this site , many times , that a tank needs to be in complete darkness when lights are off. That even a dim light in the vicinity can cause an algae problem.
You can set / program this light to come on and go off at set times. When it goes off , you can have it either go completely dark , or to a moonlight density and color of your choice. The problem I have with the moonlight is , it stays on all night and until your next set on time the next day. My concern is , will it possibly cause algae , if I choose to run an all night moonlight. And of course , I will run it at a very low light. As far as wich colors , I don't know.
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Old 03-24-2015, 02:25 AM   #2
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There is no issue with running a very dim moonlight. There would not be enough light intensity to create an algae issue as long as you don't go overboard. I would pick a color or two and keep them around 5%. I personally like the whites more than the blue at 5%; it seems more natural.
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Agreed. PAR level with 5% light would not grow anything - algae or otherwise.
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Thanks , I appreciate the info.
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Old 03-24-2015, 10:06 AM   #5
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If I were going to be up all night to view the tank maybe I could see using moonlight phase.
Otherwise,there is no benefit to the plants after 12-14 hours .
Fishes seem to enjoy the dark period, and I often see groups of them resting in same places each evening as opposed to light's on when they are all active.
I mean why leave light on in the tank all night if your not going to be awake to view it?
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If I were going to be up all night to view the tank maybe I could see using moonlight phase.
Otherwise,there is no benefit to the plants after 12-14 hours .
Fishes seem to enjoy the dark period, and I often see groups of them resting in same places each evening as opposed to light's on when they are all active.
I mean why leave light on in the tank all night if your not going to be awake to view it?

I agree . I was just exploring my options and there possible affects. I wish the moonlight could come on for only a couple of hours after the daylight mode , but it won't. Its all night moonlight or nothing.
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I run my moon light all night on 1% setting, no algae issues, the fish seem to rest in the same place all night. I run mine more as a night light for myself that's why I run it at 1%.
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I run my moon light all night on 1% setting, no algae issues, the fish seem to rest in the same place all night. I run mine more as a night light for myself that's why I run it at 1%.
Same here.
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I agree . I was just exploring my options and there possible affects. I wish the moonlight could come on for only a couple of hours after the daylight mode , but it won't. Its all night moonlight or nothing.
read the directions. You need to turn the rgb all the way down and hold the moonlight button for five seconds. It will make the moonlight phase 0%.
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I've noticed my fish sleeping under moonlight....

Then again, my moonlight is extremely dim.

Only my bichir is out and about.
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read the directions. You need to turn the rgb all the way down and hold the moonlight button for five seconds. It will make the moonlight phase 0%.
Yeah , that's where I have it set. Thanks.
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I run my moon light all night on 1% setting, no algae issues, the fish seem to rest in the same place all night. I run mine more as a night light for myself that's why I run it at 1%.
Do you run only one color at 1% or multiples? I have been worried about my fish if I leave on any light at all.
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I use a Ecoxotic Eseries (same principal, different brand) and I have seen zero issues in my fish or algae if I run one or multiple channels at 1%. What are you concerned about with your fish? In nature there is light at night.
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Do you run only one color at 1% or multiples? I have been worried about my fish if I leave on any light at all.
I run the blue, the white even at 1 is to bright for the house. The blue at 1 however keeps me from kicking the couch bare footed
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I use a Ecoxotic Eseries (same principal, different brand) and I have seen zero issues in my fish or algae if I run one or multiple channels at 1%. What are you concerned about with your fish? In nature there is light at night.
I was initially concerned with them getting a dark rest period. I am now trying with only the blue at 1% and will see if this has any adverse effects on my pets.
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