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Old 07-09-2009, 01:00 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Light making tank to hot

So I am having this issue with my light heating my tank up really fast and making it warmer. I have an Eclipse Corner 5... do you think I could get a less wattage in my lightbulb to fix it? I'm open to all ideas and suggestions :)
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Old 07-09-2009, 01:30 PM   #2 
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How hot is the water getting?
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Old 07-09-2009, 01:57 PM   #3 
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84-85 F. I'd like to keep it 80-82. I have my heater turned down so it's not cutting on ... It really wasn't that bad before. The water stayed at 82 continuously w/ the light on. But it just keeps making the water warm up faster and faster.
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:47 PM   #4 
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I took my heaters out of my tanks for the summer.
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:50 PM   #5 
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Do you think I would be okay unplugging it for the summer and just letting the light heat it up then?
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:53 PM   #6 
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You could try unplugging the heater and then see how warm your water gets from just the light. If it stays at around 77-78 I think you'd be ok, unless it gets really cool at night.
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:56 PM   #7 
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Well last night I had the heater turned way down and it got to about 76-78. With the light on it usually warms up to 80-84 depending on how long the light is left on (I think).

I went ahead and uplugged it. I plan on leaving the light on a little longer for today. I read that fish only need about 6 hours of light a day to make Vitamin D. Is this true? I'm trying to leave it on less because the algae growth is getting worse right now. I had no algae growth and then all of a sudden it's showing up.
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I don't know anything about algae but I do know that fish need the day/night cycle. I guess you could leave it on about 6 hours. Just keep an eye on the temp and if it DOES get cool then you could always plug the heater back in.
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:05 PM   #9 
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I know that bettas like a longer day, about 9-10 hours, but I guess you could shorten the day a bit for them.
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:07 PM   #10 
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I am going to hook the light to a timer that plugs into the wall. If I did a time period of like 1pm to 8pm (I was thinking 7 hours would be good) - you think that would work out ok? I was going to do it with morning to mid afternoon, but nobody is home then. I'd rather have the light on when I am home...
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