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Old 10-27-2004, 12:35 AM   #1
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Light recommendations

What is the amount of time I should leave the aquarium light on each day? I've heard having too little, or too much light can cause algae to grow easier.
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Old 10-27-2004, 01:01 AM   #2
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most tropical areas experience a 12-14 hour day. i run about 14 hours, but i have alot of plants too. what kind of lighting are we talking? is this a fish only tank? much depends on your individual setup.
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10 to 12 seems like the general consensus for planted tanks. Your particular tank might be different, and if so - hopefully someone else will pipe in.

More than this is not supposed to help your plants but will increase the algae. Personally, I would assume that less light = less algae, but of course there will be exceptions.
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Old 10-27-2004, 05:25 AM   #5
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Since you only have a 5 gal you can't have too many plants in there. Do you even have any plants? Regardless, 10 hours max should be fine for you.
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if you have no real plants, do the fish care if the light is on for a set period?
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