Reef Central Online Community
Marine Depot

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > General Interest Forums > New to the Hobby
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

User Tag List

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 11/21/2018, 10:21 AM   #1
edolan
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 166
How long can a reef tank go without light

I am having an issue with a light I purchased last year. It is still under warranty and I am sending it in to be fixed but it will take 5 days to get there plus repair time and return shipment. I think it could easily take 2 weeks before I get it back.

Unfortunately I don't have any back up. I have a mixed reef with some zoanthids, lps and a few sps.

Can coral last that long without lights?


edolan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/21/2018, 11:22 AM   #2
mcgyvr
Registered Member
 
mcgyvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 17,674
Go buy a cheap fluorescent shop light from the Home depot or whatever..

Corals for the most part will not be happy after 2 weeks..
They will likely survive it though..
People go a few days all the time.. Not sure about a few weeks but I'd bet they would be ok..


__________________
Being blunt and having fun
mcgyvr is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11/21/2018, 06:54 PM   #3
garygonzales
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: WEST ALLIS ,WI
Posts: 884
maybe try a local club in your area..someone there could hook you up......


garygonzales is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/24/2018, 06:56 PM   #4
Uncle99
Crab Free Zone
 
Uncle99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,925
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcgyvr View Post
Go buy a cheap fluorescent shop light from the Home depot.
What happens if they are later? The above makes great sense IMO.


Uncle99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/25/2018, 11:27 AM   #5
bosshog
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 30
I had the same problem. I ended up using those clip on halogen work lights for a few hours a day. The tank looked horrible under those lights but everything survived the ordeal just fine. Good luck!


bosshog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/25/2018, 11:31 AM   #6
bosshog
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 30
I should add that the tank was mostly LPS and softies, the only sps was some encrusting monti.


bosshog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/25/2018, 08:08 PM   #7
Sk8r
RC Mod
 
Sk8r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Spokane WA
Posts: 33,273
Blog Entries: 55
It'll survive.


__________________
Sk8r

Salinity 1.024-6; alkalinity 8.3-9.3 on KH scale; calcium 420; magnesium 1300, temp 78-80, nitrate .2. Ammonia 0. No filters: lps tank. Alk and cal won't rise if mg is low.

Current Tank Info: 105g AquaVim wedge, 2 firefish, 2 chromis, royal gramma basslet, starry blenny, chestnut turbo snails, bristleworms, couple of hermits.
Sk8r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/26/2018, 07:07 PM   #8
edolan
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 166
Thx everyone. I sent the light off today. I will keep an eye on the tank and hope for the best.


edolan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/27/2018, 12:32 PM   #9
Sk8r
RC Mod
 
Sk8r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Spokane WA
Posts: 33,273
Blog Entries: 55
I've had bubble coral and others survive icy water, no light, and cycle. They're pretty tough.


__________________
Sk8r

Salinity 1.024-6; alkalinity 8.3-9.3 on KH scale; calcium 420; magnesium 1300, temp 78-80, nitrate .2. Ammonia 0. No filters: lps tank. Alk and cal won't rise if mg is low.

Current Tank Info: 105g AquaVim wedge, 2 firefish, 2 chromis, royal gramma basslet, starry blenny, chestnut turbo snails, bristleworms, couple of hermits.
Sk8r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/28/2018, 12:24 PM   #10
devastator007
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 1,539
I've had a few live rocks with hundreds of zoas on them sitting in my basment in a rubbermaid container with nothing but a flourecent bulb on 24/7, a heater, and a powerhead for just over a month now. Looks terrible with the light, but all are still alive. They don't love the set up and don't open nearly as much as in my tank, but are surviving fine.

I'd imagine your coral will survive, but to increase their chances of surviving without any damage, you may be best off adding whatever sort of light you can come up with. Even a lamp put up against the tank will help. If nothing else would give a little peace of mind in the meantime.


devastator007 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:34 PM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2018 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.