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Old 09-09-2013, 12:36 AM   #1 
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Question 10am-8pm lighting is that enough?(no plants)

i turn on the light for my bettas at 10am everyday and off at 8pm, is that enough lighting?
i have an aqueon hood with incandescent bulbs (i switch them out for aqueon color enhancing fluorescent bulbs) and no light lights.
i am wondering if i should improve anything about the light schedule and lack of night light once its 8 the only light they have is the lamp we have on sometimes and the tv
if anyone has suggestions about lighting or has anything relevant about lighting for bettas please share with me.
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:38 AM   #2 
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If you don't have plants, the light is really just for your viewing pleasure. :)
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:44 AM   #3 
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so i can leave the lights on longer without worry of algae?
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:54 AM   #4 
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Oh your worried about algae...is your tank cycled? What size tank? How often do you do water changes? Even with my lights on a timer for 10:30 am- 8:30 PM, I still get some algae in my 5 gal, I haven't seen any in my 20 gal yet, but I do have nerite snails in there and they keep the tank spotless.
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i have no algae yet but i have

10 gal divided and i change the water once a week 50-60%
i have a mystery snail on one side and one ghost shrimp on the other
other shrimp molted and never saw them again fish didnt eat them i know because they werent bloated
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Shannon's right, without plants the light is so you can enjoy your fish. They like it dark. Be sure to provide them with 8 hours or so of total darkness to satisfy their circadian rhythm.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:06 AM   #7 
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yes very bueno
thanks yall
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I had forgot to mention that the tank I get algae in, is planted and is cycled. So I'm sure that has something to do with it! I don't ever get any algae in my boys' tanks though, and they're on the same lighting schedule.
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