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Old 03-11-2012, 11:18 PM   #1
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Lights... what do you do?

Do you keep your light on all the time? Turn it off at night our during the day? How many hours do you leave it on or off?

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Old 03-11-2012, 11:21 PM   #2
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Personally, I turn my lights on at 6:30 in the morning so the fish are awake and active when I go feed them. Then I turn off the lights at 9:00 at night. Keep in mind that the longer your lights are on the more prone you will be to algae.

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Blues at 2pm day lights at 4pm. Day lights off at 9pm and blues off at 10pm.

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IMO lights are for watching your fish. Unless you have live plants or your room is extremely dark you should light your tank to watch your fish.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:56 AM   #5
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I just turn them off when I am sleeping, fish seem happy and I dont have algae so I think it works for me
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Fish need a day & night cycle just like most living creatures for optimum health. Turn the lights off when you go to bed.
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Your Lighting Question

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Do you keep your light on all the time? Turn it off at night our during the day? How many hours do you leave it on or off?
Hello Mom...

Aquarium fish and plants are for the most part tropical, so they're used to long hours of daylight. I have my tank lights on timers set for 12 hours on and 12 off. The lights come on at 6 A.M. and go off at 6 P.M. Pretty simple.

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Lights on for 12 hours, off for 12 hours.
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What brand timer works the best? I have been thinking about putting my tank on a timer but never know what brands to buy in the fish store. Glad I saw this post!
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Hmm I leave mines on for 8 hours but I have java fern, anubias, anarcharis not very demanding plants and the 12 hour shift sounds smart should I move up to 12 hours?

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