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Old 11-28-2010, 05:52 PM   #1 
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How long should the lights be on?

This question is for my (currently empty) sorority tank. I guess the timing doesn't matter with plants at the moment, because they're fine with the 15+ hours of light, but I doubt the girls would appreciate being up that long once I get them...

I typically turn the lights over the tank when I wake up (school days 6:30, non school days 9 ish) and turn it off when I go to sleep, but recently that's been a no go seeing as I'm heading off to bed really late at night or early (anywhere from 11 pm - 2 am) in the morning on most school nights because of homework. So, my question is when should I turn on the lights and turn them off? It's a planted tank, so it'll need about 11 or so hours of light, right? It'd probably have to turn on around the time I wake up so I can feed the girls before going to school, but I don't want it to turn off so (relatively) early at five thirty, because then I'd only have an hour and a half to sit by it doing homework/watching the girls before it goes dark.

Also, while the tank light might not be on a long time, the light in the room will pretty much be on from 4 pm to 12 pm (or a bit later), seeing as it's the computer/study room for me and my older brother, which means the tank will be dim, but still technically lit for a long time, which makes me worry that the girls won't have as much sleeping time as they need. Am I worrying over nothing?
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:59 PM   #2 
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I have my tank lights on as long as there is light outside to keep it natural. But I think 11 hours is good. :)
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:09 PM   #3 
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for a planted tank I think 8-10 hours is what is recommended.
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:50 PM   #4 
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It is best to have steady lights on the plants so that they are not tricked into thinking that a season change has occurred and either die or go dormant on you. Most fish can handle 12 hour days and plants need 10-12 for best growth-it is a good idea to have floating plants for the fish as well....
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:05 PM   #5 
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okay, thank you OLF :)

I have floating plants- water lettuce- though I'm curious, how do they help?

Okay, so from 6:30 am- 6:30 pm would be fine? To fix the indirect light issue, seeing as the room light stays on way longer then the tank light will, do you think covering the tank with a dark fabric would block out the indirect light well enough?
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:18 AM   #6 
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I personally don't worry about the over head lights or room lights and my tanks are in my living room-my plants most likely think that there is a full moon every night...lol.....has never been a problem for the plants or caused any algae problems

Floating plants help the fish by giving them cover from direct light
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