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Lighting Schedule for 125 gallon with 3X250w Metal Halides

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FishSuperStore Level 1 Member
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Location: Big Lake, MN
So I finally decided on a light and purchased 3 250w Metal Halides and a moon light bar for my 125 gallon with clams, SPS, Anemone and soft corals. I would like to know if anybody has any ideas on a lighting schedule that I should run these lights for setting up my light timer?

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Location: Andover
Corals need 5-6 hours of light for peak photosynthesis. Some run 10-12 hours, I run leds on my salt tanks, one ramps up to a peak and then back down over 8 hours. My other tank does not have the same type of controls, blues on for 6 hours, whites for 5 hours
I will point you towards tcmas.com for more saltwater specific answers, most of this forum is freshwater based, not trying to send anyone away from here just trying to point you to a place that is saltwater specific.
I have some scaley and a few not so scaley creatures living in glass houses full of water in the other room


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