Lighting schedule and changing intensities over 24 hours

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Hey reefers
Do any of you set light intensities throughout put the day so a sun rise through to sunset and moonlight?
Also as so many love the blue lighting and less white I've thought about increasing my whites just for an hour or two mid day.....this way I also get the best of both worlds of the blue light and a couple of hours a crisper clearer lighting.
I was also thinking of kinda making it go cloudy for a few minutes during the couple of hours of higher intensity.
Might sound a little anal but 1 I'd like to try replicate natural daylight or near as over a 24 hour lighting schedule and 2 I'm OCD and I can set 10 intensities throughout the day and need to do this hahaha
Just wanna know your thoughts and if you do anything similar
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I don't know this but I'll take a look
I use aqua illumination brand fixtures and the app that they connect to does sunrise and sunset, cloud cover, storms, lunar.
I run the David Saxby preset that spikes the intensities at peak hours.
So im sharing my thoughts cause i do something similar :)
 

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I have my day preset to different intensity. Slowly ramps up in the morning with whites only peaking mid day for a few hours, then everything slowly ramps down. So basically sunrise/mid-day/sunset then I have 10% moonlight for a few hours then goes to 5% moonlight then back to 10% before sunrise. Seems to work well but I tweak it rather often, changing the ratios of whites, blues and red/greens.. one day ill find the perfect combo. Probly tons if resources out there on the most natural way to do this but I havnt taken the time to look.
 
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I have my day preset to different intensity. Slowly ramps up in the morning with whites only peaking mid day for a few hours, then everything slowly ramps down. So basically sunrise/mid-day/sunset then I have 10% moonlight for a few hours then goes to 5% moonlight then back to 10% before sunrise. Seems to work well but I tweak it rather often, changing the ratios of whites, blues and red/greens.. one day ill find the perfect combo. Probly tons if resources out there on the most natural way to do this but I havnt taken the time to look.

So you leave your lights on 24/7 albeit very low intensity over night?
 
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Moonlighting is highly debatable.
Most people recommend a photoperiod and then complete darkness. I guess light pollution is a real thing lol.
I use a lunar schedule so it follows the moon cycle. Different intensities until theres no moon and my tank goes dark.
 
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I have my day preset to different intensity. Slowly ramps up in the morning with whites only peaking mid day for a few hours, then everything slowly ramps down. So basically sunrise/mid-day/sunset then I have 10% moonlight for a few hours then goes to 5% moonlight then back to 10% before sunrise. Seems to work well but I tweak it rather often, changing the ratios of whites, blues and red/greens.. one day ill find the perfect combo. Probly tons if resources out there on the most natural way to do this but I havnt taken the time to look.
So your tank is never in complete darkness?
 
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Actually now that I think about i might do a 1am to 4am setting for 1% moonlight and see how it affects things.
 
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Moonlighting is highly debatable.
Most people recommend a photoperiod and then complete darkness. I guess light pollution is a real thing lol.
I use a lunar schedule so it follows the moon cycle. Different intensities until theres no moon and my tank goes dark.
I want to maybe try this out as well. I think it would be the most natural way to approach moonlighting
 
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