I miscounted, m/w it gets about 19 hours of continuous light unless I go to sleep early. t/r and weekends it's erratic, and anywhere from 9-17 hours depending on my schedules.
I've been admittedly bad about tank maintenance these past few weeks, got caught up in finals, so the w/c he got on Friday was the first in about two weeks. I haven't been vacuuming the gravel, because there's really probably less than 4-5 sq in of exposed gravel to vacuum. Most of the tank floor is covered by a piece of driftwood and the plants, and it's awkward to vacuum without uprooting the plants, which are a royal pain to replant. I did try and vacuum as much if the obvious debris as I could when I did the water change.
Tank is a 5gal, haven't tested the water in a while, I'll get those numbers in a bit.
I've partially fixed my lighting problem with a second lamp, dimmer bulb, green, and two cheap timers set to a day/night cycle with two 4-hour periods with the daylight bulb and one 13-hour overnight period with the green light
Logic behind this is that the interrupted daylight cycle will inhibit the algae and the green bulb will reduce the amount if night light absorbed, since green plants reflect green light. Opinions?
Editx2: my test kit seems to have gone missing in the latest frenzy of final projects. Can't test the water right now, but I will as soon as I can.
Last edited by Esahc; 04-22-2013 at 07:44 PM.