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Old 01-01-2005, 11:22 PM   #1
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I'm writing to all of you in hopes of understanding something i find quite bothersome. The point of an aquarium light is to be able to switch it on, and enjoy the vibrant colors of wonderful fish swimming about... RIGHT???? .......

Well, everytime I switch on the light, my fish go crazy! One of them actually bumps into everything, plants, walls, GRAVEL!!.... Ok ok... i know that the light change stresses the fish out for a while.... but a while seems to be the WHOLE time the light is on.

The fish hide until the light is turned off... FRUSTRATING......

I want to mention that I leave the light in the room on for at least 45 mins before turning on the aquarium's light.... (flourescent)... Does anyone have any ideas as to how i can remedy this problem???

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What type of fish do you have in the aquarium?
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Old 01-02-2005, 12:10 AM   #3
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And what wattage is the fluorescent bulb / what size is the tank?
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Old 01-02-2005, 12:57 AM   #4
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I have a pleco, red tetras, and 3 tiger barbs.....
The only fish that freak out are the tiger barbs.

The tank is 20 gallons, with an aqua-glo 15 W bulb
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Many barbs spawn in the morning when the lights come on. Males find a good spot for scattering eggs and brush against it to show the females and try to entice them to spawn. Alot a chasing goes on too. This isn't what is happening is it? Or are they just scared? If they are scared, putting the light on a timer might help, so that it happens regularly and they can get used to it.
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The barbs are healthy, yes they chase eachother all around the tank, which I know is normal, and i don't think any spawning is happening .... Any idea on how much time it will take to get them used to the light being turned on?

How long to keep the light on each day... Should it be turned on in the morning, and turned off around 10 o'clock?
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If you are not growing plant, it shouldn't matter much when and how long the light is on as long as you give the fish some dark time at night. You can set it to be on all day or just the hours when you are usually home to enjoy your tank. As to how long it will take for your fish to get used to it, I would give them a couple of weeks at least. Feeding them shortly after the light comes on might help.
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Old 01-02-2005, 07:28 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info,

I don't have live plants in the tank, so I guess I'll try setting it to switch on around 1 or 2 pm. Gonna give it a couple of weeks. Hopefully it all works out!

I'll keep everyone posted on the progress.
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I love tiger barbs - I have six and they school together very tightly. I've never noticed them freaking out when the light comes on. In fact, they're always front and center begging for food when the light is on. Maybe if you got three more tiger barbs of the same size, they would feel more secure. That is, if you have room for them. HTH
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Yes i have been wanting to get 3 more tiger barbs actually! It's great how they chase eachother al around the tank, awesome fish!.

I will definately go get some tomorrow!
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