When to turn on lights?

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My 150 gallon DT (with 40B sump) has been sitting dark for about a month now. Tank was started with dry rock (marco rock). I used Fritz Zyme Turbo to cycle it (took about a week). I am running my skimmer and powerheads but no light. I have a couple of clowns in my QT that will be ready to move to the DT in a few weeks.

1. Should I keep lights off for 4 months? (Note: since I will not have coral for a long time, the light will be severely dimmed if turned on).
2. Since algae will probably not grow until lights on, when can/should I get a cuc?
3. My fuge is ready ... can/should I start trying to grow chaeto now?
4. I will be hooking up a UV sterilizer to my system soon. When can/should I turn it on?

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1. No, I’d probably turn the lights on sooner as opposed to later (even at a reduced level).
2. You can start with a small CUC right away (snails, hermit crabs). Just make sure you supplement them with seaweed wrapped on some rocks until you add fish and are actively feeding them). You may need to still supplement beyond that as well.
4. As soon as you add your fish would be ideal.
 
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Necro thread revival!

Unfortunately algae needs light to live(photosynthesis). Leaving the lights off is just prolonging the ugly period. No way to avoid it. it's just part of setting up a reef tank.

I personally turn the lights on first day, who wants to stare at a bare unlit tank? I would also turn the UV on when the first fish are added, or when you decide to turn the lights on.
 

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Necro thread revival!

Unfortunately algae needs light to live(photosynthesis). Leaving the lights off is just prolonging the ugly period. No way to avoid it. it's just part of setting up a reef tank.

I personally turn the lights on first day, who wants to stare at a bare unlit tank? I would also turn the UV on when the first fish are added, or when you decide to turn the lights on.
I was just curious how it played out for @rainsong

Theres enough discussion about leaving lights off vs turning on at beginning I’m trying to find some active experience rather than overall anecdotal opinions as to effect on the ugly stage, and if OP actually decided to turn the lights on; an update 1 month later would be pretty well timed to feed my curiosity.
 
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So I ended up turning the lights on this week (2 months after tank setup).

I moved a couple of clownfish after QT to the DT. Once I started feeding the clowns I noticed that a lot of the food pellets were falling to the sand uneaten. I decided I needed a cuc to clean the sand. Once I decided to purchase a cuc, I purchased a variety ... some of which needed algae on the glass. Since I had little/no algae in the tank, I decided I had to turn on the lights to promote some algae growth.

Once I start seeing algae, I might turn down the lights again ....
 

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