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Old 01-20-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Hi, i can't seem to figure out how long i should keep the T5 bulbs on the Fluval aquarium. Red powder keeps growing. The lights are very bright. Any recommendations?
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:42 PM   #2
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What's your light schedule? Can you take a picture? How many watts? How many bulbs? What size is the tank and how many fish? What are you water test readings. Ammonia nitrite and nitrate?
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Lights on from 4:30 to 9:30 daily. The 46gal tank has 4 fish (2 tetra 1 yellow cichlid 1 pink parrot). The tank is predrilled with canister filter. It came with 2 - T5 fluorescent tube lights that are 24 watts each. Ph is 7.6; ammonia is 0; nitrate lower than 5 but more than 0; nitrite 0. No plants and water tempisset to 79F
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sounds like diatoms, which are pretty much a given in any new tank. Just keep the lights on when you want to see the fish if there aren't any plants in there.
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sounds like diatoms, which are pretty much a given in any new tank. Just keep the lights on when you want to see the fish if there aren't any plants in there.
I second that.
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Thanks....so that's all, less lighting? Should i vaccum or something?
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