Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 06-04-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
sharkiegirl94's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Illinois, United States
Posts: 227
Stupid Question...

I am currently in the 6 week waiting period for my tank to cycle. Is it alright for me to keep my light in the hood on all the time? Is it only sunlight that causes major algae growth? Thanks~
__________________

__________________
Fish: 1 Occelaris Clownfish, 1 Firefish Goby, 1 Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Blue Green Chromis.
Corals: Green Star Polyps, Armor of God zoas, Purple People Eaters zoas, Button Polyps, Kenya Tree Coral.
sharkiegirl94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 11:10 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
TangoTank's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 519
If there's no plants, not a good idea! An algae bloom is not fun, IMO. I'm battling one!! Ugh...
__________________

__________________
Check out my photography:
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...ml#post2548090
TangoTank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 11:19 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
sharkiegirl94's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Illinois, United States
Posts: 227
Okay, i don't have any live plants, so I'll keep it off during the day. How do live plants affect the algae? I'm new to this.
__________________
Fish: 1 Occelaris Clownfish, 1 Firefish Goby, 1 Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Blue Green Chromis.
Corals: Green Star Polyps, Armor of God zoas, Purple People Eaters zoas, Button Polyps, Kenya Tree Coral.
sharkiegirl94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 11:28 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bigbanker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 1,381
Plants, like algae, eat up the nutrients in the water. They are great for looks and water quality. You can add live plants at any point in your cycle..... thereby giving you a reason to turn the light on
__________________
It is a fish eat fish world!

Sometimes learning from the mistakes of others is all the education and experience you need.
bigbanker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 01:49 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
sharkiegirl94's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Illinois, United States
Posts: 227
Even if there are no fish yet in the tank i shouldn't have it on? Just to clarify? Thanks~
__________________
Fish: 1 Occelaris Clownfish, 1 Firefish Goby, 1 Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Blue Green Chromis.
Corals: Green Star Polyps, Armor of God zoas, Purple People Eaters zoas, Button Polyps, Kenya Tree Coral.
sharkiegirl94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 02:23 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Chouteau, Ok
Posts: 42
correct...leave you lights off..until u get something in there...algae is a bummer!!!
__________________
Jscoggins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 02:31 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Freakgecko91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,399
I'd say leave it on, just on a shortened cycle, like 6-8 hours a day. Odds are that you plan on getting some sort of algae eating fish in the long run, let it be a pleco species or otocinclus, my point is that it's not a bad thing to have some algae. My lights have been on a 12 hour cycle since day one, about 3 months ago, and i have NO algae, due in part to a great clean up crew of nerite snails.
__________________
Freakgecko91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 03:07 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bigbanker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 1,381
Do you know what you plan on stocking?

Algae is incredibly easy to grow.... so I'd say no rush on that. But if you really want some.... I've got a glass of green water on my window seal with a piece of ivy in it!
__________________

__________________
It is a fish eat fish world!

Sometimes learning from the mistakes of others is all the education and experience you need.
bigbanker is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:27 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.