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Old 01-29-2009, 06:54 PM   #1
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how long to leave lights on?

how long is it recomended to leave the lights on for? i have only silk plants in my tank. probably a stupid quetion, but hey...... i'm full of 'em
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No question is stupid!

Without plants, you can base the lighting period a bit on your preference. Most fish will do fine with 5-6 hrs of light. You can go up to 12 if you want to watch your fish all day (& have no algae problem), but the fish also need some dark time to sleep.
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I keep all my tank lights on (without live plants) from 7:30 a.m to 10 p.m. so around 14 hours, no algae problems or anything.

My tanks with plants are kept on 9-10 hours.
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excellent, thanks guys. much appreciated.
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