Originally Posted by Foisair
I just got a new light for my 2 gal planted tank. It's a zoo med 6500k/10 watt/5" super daylight mini compact fluorescent bulb in a desktop lamp. How many hours a day should I leave it on so my plants get enough light? I have java fern, wisteria, amazon sword, a marimo moss ball and another plant that I'm not sure (it has single, broad leaves at the end of stalks with white, whispy roots.)
Can you get a picture of that last plant for us in the plant thread? We'll help you ID it there :D
And the biggest thing with that amount of light (fantastic, btw- theyll love it) is to go slow, yo! I would start out at around 6 hours for maybe 3 days, then bump to 8 hours for about 3-5 days, then bump to 9-10 hours for good. Longer never hurt.
If you give the plants too much light too fast, there could be a chance for algae to take over.
Make sure that fern doesnt get the brunt of the light, if possible. They like a bit less than most, and might brown and get grumpy if there's too much light.
Originally Posted by Neil D
I guess your right Pew. I meant like a tank with no (100%) changes in months. But bowls are changed weekly...but I guess your right (again).
:3 I dunno. That's just based on my experiences with tanks in the process of cycling.