Hello, I am new to this community!
So recently I setup my first planted aquarium (6.5 Gallon) with some dwarf Hairgrass, cardinal plants, and and some needle leaf Java Ferns. I plan on adding more in the near future but this is what I have so far. I've had this set up for about a month now and I am satisfied with how far the grown has come for the hairgrass and cardinal plants. I've been lighting this aquarium with some low-medium LED
lights that I plan to upgrade in the future as well but I have seen some good progress so far. I have it running at 10 hours a day continuously until 9pm then the timer shuts it off. I guess my question is that I will be lowering the amount of light per day to 8 hours now since my plants have been established now and was wondering if it was ok to have my lighting in two 4 hour intervals instead of 8 hours of continuous light. There is no particular rhyme or reason for me to do this other than I like to have light on my tank when I am home and there is a time when I'm not home in the middle of the day. I was thinking to have it lit from 9am - 1pm then lit again at 4pm - 8 or 9 pm. Is it better to have it running continuously for 8 hours or does it only need to have a certain amount of light per day regardless if it was in intervals or not? Thank you in advance!