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    live rock and light

    Am I losing alot by letting my new tank cycle with just live rock while i build a canopy?

    How much light does the LR need?

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    Just a few hours a day and you should be fine. 6 hours.

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    I guess what I mean isthat while setting up the canopy they might not have any real light at all for a week or so....
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    You should have some type of light,even if you put a shop light over the tank.

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    talking about lighting marcel ...what did you decide on your type of ligthing for your 150?
    Derik...

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    Great Idea marcel. I will string up some kind of shop light temporarily...
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    Derik:

    I ended up going with VHO and a Icecap 660.

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    I wouldn't put any light over a tank full of ammonia infested curing live rock...If your ammonia and nitrite is gone then a few hours a day will keep it while you build your canopy.
    Is the rock cured or uncured?
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    Just planning ahead. Havent got the live rock yet. I guess I was concerned that the benifit of 'live' things on the rock other than bacteria might be lost without light.
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    In that case uncured live rock is best cured in the dark- to reduce algea buildup- there will be so much die-off anyways, light won't be a concern. Cured live rock that you are just holding should be lit.
    In both cases, good water circulation is a must.
    Matt.

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