Short but multiple photoperiod

Discussion in 'Other Reef Talk' started by gabloo, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. gabloo

    gabloo Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2012
    Messages:
    170
    Likes Received:
    27
    Hello Everyone,

    I am wondering if anyone of you tried multiple of short photoperiod throughout the day. In freshwater, some people would only turn on light for 4 – 5 hours twice a day. They claim that it would reduce the chances of algae growing in their tank. I had tried that method and I had a decent success. So, I am wondering what would happen if I do something similar in reef tank. Will there be any negative effect to coral, clam or shrimp?

    My plan is to have 2 x 5 hours of photo period.

    11:00 am blue

    11:30 am blue + white

    3:30 pm blue

    4:00 pm light off

    7:30 pm blue

    8:00 pm blue + white

    12:00 am blue

    12:30 am light off
     
  2. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    Messages:
    7,779
    Likes Received:
    1,192
    Sounds like a good idea, but a bad thing to do imo
     
    iCon likes this.
  3. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2016
    Messages:
    1,442
    Likes Received:
    461
    That concept a "siesta" has floated around for a while but I think all evidences are more anecdotal. It varies depending on type of algae.

    Reed tank algae control is easier imo. Just keep your nutrient in check + herbivore + CUC
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2017
  4. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    Messages:
    4,457
    Likes Received:
    718
    Funny: I ran my Algae scrubber that way, to increase algae production.
    Not kidding.
     
  5. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2015
    Messages:
    3,546
    Likes Received:
    950
    In one of the BRS investigates videos, Ryan mentioned that Ecotech (I think) has been running tests and finding that a longer photo period with less par is equivalent to a shorter photo period with more intense par. I don't think they've tried multiple photo periods though.
     
  6. gabloo

    gabloo Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2012
    Messages:
    170
    Likes Received:
    27
    Thanks for advice and input everyone. I will stick with regular lighting schedule. It was just a thought.
     

Share This Page