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Old 05-04-2010, 08:27 PM   #1 
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Lighting for fish

I have a 10 gallon that I'm about to stock and an wondering how many hours per day should I leave the light on for my fishies. Is it alright to leave it on for extended hours some days? Or does it even matter? Should I put them on a schedule or what?
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:33 PM   #2 
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Mine is hardly the exact same time every day. Sometimes its 8, sometimes its 12, sometimes its 6. I would aim for 10 if you have a better schedule.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:40 PM   #3 
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From what I've heard, some sort of light schedule is good for your fish, however, I don't think it's anything to be too strict about. Keeping your light on too long, however, will promote more algae growth which I'm assuming nobody wants. That said, I leave mine on for about 8 hours a day.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:05 PM   #4 
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Some fish can't stand bright light, and some are sensitive to how long the lights are on. Lucky for you, Bettas aren't one of them! 8)
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:56 PM   #5 
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I dont think it matters, the fish will be fine with the natural light if they are near a window. I tend to get up at 8 put the light on and then knock it off when I go to bed about 2am. OMG, thats such a long time, the light is more on than off lol.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:04 PM   #6 
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If you have plants versus if you don't makes a difference IMO. In my unplanted tanks I shoot for about 8 hours of aquarium light a day (with room light another 2-4 hours). In my planted tank I leave the lights on about 10-12 hours a day.

Also watch out for your wpg. I just found out recently that the fact that the wattage on the lamp on my 4 gall was so high was causing my plants to melt. So I keep the light off longer on that tank.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:07 PM   #7 
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From what I understand, bettas don't like to be kept in direct sunlight, so keeping them in a window may not be the best option.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:20 PM   #8 
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I keep two of my tanks next to a window (for now) and I haven't seen any problems. But then again mine don't get direct light, I usually don't open the blinds until late afternoon when the sun is already on the other side of the building.

I think the main concern with bettas being near windows is the temperature swing (which I haven't seen in my tanks).
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