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Old 12/07/2007, 03:35 AM
zippopunk1 zippopunk1 is offline
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moonlight

do any of u guys use moonlights any pros and cons. any problems uve had. any difference between the expensive lights and the ones that are about 20 bucks
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Old 12/07/2007, 04:24 AM
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I use a moonlight over my tank for a few hours each night. My tank does however go to complete darkness for a few hours as I feel that this benifits some of the corals that only fully open when there is no light.

I just use a blue cold-cathode pc tube. Cost about $10
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Old 12/07/2007, 07:57 AM
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I use a moonlight simulator. Each night there is a different rise/set and intensity from full moon to no moon.
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Old 12/07/2007, 08:01 AM
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My tunze controller came with one.

Pro's: when I actually turn off all the darn nightlights my kids and wife set up in the great room the tank looks pretty cool. Nice single beam shooting down.

Con's I am tired of turning off all the nightlights in my great room. I was also difficult to mount (in my canopy at least).

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Old 12/07/2007, 08:02 AM
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I use a moonlight simulator. Each night there is a different rise/set and intensity from full moon to no moon.
Is that worth the money?
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Old 12/07/2007, 12:17 PM
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I absolutely love the way a tank looks under a moonlight. I have them for my own viewing pleasure.
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Old 12/07/2007, 12:57 PM
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i don't use mine, the room my tank is in gets some light naturally but its still pretty dark.
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Old 12/07/2007, 01:55 PM
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I heard caulerpa goes sexual in the moon light just kidding
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Old 12/07/2007, 03:57 PM
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I have a dual R2 moonlight set-up on my 155, I had to unplug one of them because it was as bright as my 2 96 watt actinics. now that Iv'e had it running for a year now two of the six bulbs on one side have burned out and now the light is perfect, I have it come on just before the actinics at 9 pm and it goes out at 1 am, if it stayed on all night my sail fin will "just keep swimming", I feel that everyone needs complete darkness.
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Old 12/07/2007, 04:28 PM
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Is that worth the money?
I would say yes. I bought the one that works with the aquacontroller. I had moonlights in my aqualight pro light strip, but I didnt like them. 1- They were too bright. The fish never seemed to get any rest. 2- There were 4 bulbs and they looked like 4 spotlights shining down into the tank. The new ones had a few pluses. They are just bright enough for the full moon and the light is distributed evenly through the water. If I didnt know any better, I would think the tank was outside in the moonlight. I think this has something to do with the "Degrees" that the bulb shines.

So far I have just fell in love with the asthetics alone. The moon cycle is the coolest thing ever. I havent seen any benefits to the tank yet but at least I know the fish are getting the sleep they would get in the wild.

If you have an extra 80 bux laying around, I would recomment it.
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Old 12/07/2007, 05:38 PM
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I use a moonlight over my tank for a few hours each night. My tank does however go to complete darkness for a few hours as I feel that this benifits some of the corals that only fully open when there is no light.

I just use a blue cold-cathode pc tube. Cost about $10
what kind of light is the above and where do you get it? any pics with it on your tank at night?
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Old 12/12/2007, 06:51 PM
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I have a dual R2 moonlight set-up on my 155, I had to unplug one of them because it was as bright as my 2 96 watt actinics. now that Iv'e had it running for a year now two of the six bulbs on one side have burned out and now the light is perfect, I have it come on just before the actinics at 9 pm and it goes out at 1 am, if it stayed on all night my sail fin will "just keep swimming", I feel that everyone needs complete darkness.
funny you should mention that about the sailfin---I have noticed that it is the only fish in the tank that does not sleep--its always moving around. ...and I run the moonlights all night between when the attinics come off and back on again.
I'm going to have to experiment with that one
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Old 12/12/2007, 06:52 PM
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what kind of light is the above and where do you get it? any pics with it on your tank at night?
up here you can get a strip of them at home depot(moon rays) and they are not the expensive.
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Old 12/12/2007, 08:16 PM
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I used to use 2 Marina Micro LED lights, but I didn't have them on a timer. One night, I came home late and wanted to look at the tank, so I turned them on. The next morning my jawfish was gone. I must have scared the heck out of him when I turned the lights on and he jumped. Leason learned. I really liked being able to watch the tank at night, though, and I intend to put the moonlights back on the tank with a timer after I finish my upgrade.
 

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