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Old 11-19-2014, 11:00 PM   #31
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Was admiring the tank so much...the difference is really great

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Thanks!! It's wonderful. I hope they last a long long time.


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Thanks!! It's wonderful. I hope they last a long long time.


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They should. Spread out over the expected lifespan of the fixture, it's really economical. That's both initial and operating costs.
I would gradually work up to 8 hours a day.
Nice collection of wine pics and crosses you have there.


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They should. Spread out over the expected lifespan of the fixture, it's really economical. That's both initial and operating costs.
I would gradually work up to 8 hours a day.
Nice collection of wine pics and crosses you have there.


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Lol. That's another story all together.


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Old 11-20-2014, 09:36 AM   #35
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Best way to keep algae at bay would be splitting the photo period if the timer allows? 2- 3 hr. Periods to start. Basically what's going to happen for the first few months will be a battle between algae and plants, with that small of a plant load you'll really have to work at keeping algae at bay. Adding some fast growers like ludwiga repens or hornwort will help suck up nutrients and starve the algae, the tank will eventually balance out but things can happen fast..

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Thanks for your input. I just did that this morning with the timer. 9-12 and 3-6.

By how much time and how frequently would you increase the lighting and do I max out at 8 hrs a day?

Funny you say that about the plants. I'm scared to overload it with plants.
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More plants the better! I'd rather have a few struggling plants than a green tank... i wouldn't ever go more than 7-8 hrs myslef, some go to 10. Just observe and adjust, if the plants are responding positively and the algae is minimal? Why mess with it??

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