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Old 05-03-2006, 10:33 PM   #11
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How do long do you have it on? With just fish 5-8 hrs is plenty.
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I would have to say approximately 12 hours per day.
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:11 AM   #13
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I would have to say approximately 12 hours per day.
If those plants are just plastic/fake, then the plants won't need the light on for 12 hours/day. If the light is on that much because you want to view the fish for that time, then you may want to consider getting moonlights (white ones would probably be good). Moonlights are LED lights, so they won't contribute to algae growth the way those 11watt CFs will.

There are a lot of moonlights on sale on EBay, or you can check out one of these.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113544

For your size tank, you'd only need one or two lights (one or two bulbs). There are some moonlights with more bulbs, but that's because they need to cover a longer area. You could get more bulbs though, if one or two isn't bright enough for you to see your fish...and you still wouldn't be contributing to algae growth.

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So does the light contribute to Algae growth? Is there a lamp I can replace the current one with that won't contribute to this growth?

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Light definately contributes to algae growth. As for the lighting I will leave that to more experienced light members.
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Cut down on light and see if it effects the cloudiness. Can't hurt anything not having any live plants in the tank. Cut the light down to about 4 hours per day for 2 weeks and look and see if its helping.
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Eclipses are nice tanks but with your fish - two "messy" fish in a small tank - the filter probably can't keep up. IME, green water algae is caused by under-filtration. You could try to add an AquaClear HOB filter as mentioned. I have an Eclipse 5 hex and I've tried to modify the filter with little to no success, so I don't have that tank up anymore. Or you could try leaving the Eclipse hood and filter in place and adding an internal filter to supplement, like a Fluval Plus internal filter.

Cutting down on the light is a good idea. It's a general "rule of thumb" to add CO2 injection if your lighting is around 2 watts per gallon to counteract the algae. You are at 2.2 watts per gallon, which is borderline. If you don't want to add CO2, you could decrease the light or add moonlights as mentioned. You could also look for a screw-in PC that is 9 watts, as long as it fits in your hood. I had a 9 watt PC screw-in in my Eclipse tank and didn't use CO2.
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