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Hi All,

I am strictly on budget (i know and i should be a shame of saying this).

I have a new occupant on my 5g tank and that is a Torch coral.

All is well :) but i want to make it better if possible.

My light setting is:
- 7 am to 6 pm = Natural Sun Light.
- 1 pm to 6 pm = Generic Blue LED Light.
- 6 pm to midnight = No Light except ambient from living room ceiling light.
- Midnight to 7 am = Completely in dark.

I will keep my 2 questions clear and concise.

1. Do you think the above setting is acceptable for Torch coral?

2. I am thinking of using the Generic Blue LED Light from 6 pm to midnight; this is to simulate moon light blue shimmer. Is this a stupid idea? or Ambient light is acceptable? so the proposed Light setting to be is:
- 7 am to 6 pm = Natural Sun Light.
- 6 pm to midnight = Generic Blue LED Light + Ambient Light from Living Room.
- Midnight to 7 am = Completely in dark.


Thanks :)
 

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Is the torch the only thing in the tank? What kind if lighting do you have?
The Torch and Turbo snail is the only thing in the tank.

It is just a generic LED Blue light ... intensity is low ... the light penetrates through to the bottom tank but i can tell that the intensity is low ... it's not like Kessil light or anything advanced.

Natural sunlight does not directly penetrates through to the tank but it definitely provides that majority of lighting during the day (morning and afternoon).

So ... should I do this:
- 7 am to 6 pm = Natural Sun Light.
- 1 pm to 6 pm = Generic Blue LED Light.
- 6 pm to midnight = No Light except ambient from living room ceiling light.
- Midnight to 7 am = Completely in dark.

or this:
- 7 am to 6 pm = Natural Sun Light.
- 6 pm to midnight = Generic Blue LED Light + Ambient Light from Living Room.
- Midnight to 7 am = Completely in dark.

or this:
- 7 am to 6 pm = Natural Sun Light.
- 7 am to midnight = Generic Blue LED Light + Ambient Light from Living Room.
- Midnight to 7 am = Completely in dark.
 

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If I were you I would save your money! Save up for a good light that could support that coral! Then after you have had you coral under a decent light for a couple of weeks I would then and only then look at purchasing moonlighting. Or just sell the coral back to the store
 

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Moonlight does nothing for corals, its used for the pleasing the eye of the viewer. If there is any benefit to fish, it helps them find their sleeping spot. You can use a 1watt plugin nightlight plugged into a nearby wall outlet to do the same thing.

Also a generic blue LED has an unknown nanometer light wavelength.

A blue light for a reef is called an actinic light and has a 420 nanometer wavelength that makes corals pop with color.
 
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