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Old 09-23-2013, 11:45 AM   #1 
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Question Does it even matter? Cycling question.....

Quick question, during the in-fish cycling process should my aquarium lights be on or off? I think I read somewhere it affects algea growth. Does it even matter? Any opinions on this........
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:58 PM   #2 
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I would just leave them off. I don't think it really matters but light does cause algae growth so I'd just turn them off for now.
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:24 PM   #3 
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Well, you'll need to turn the lights on sometime because your betta needs a normal day/night cycle.

Usually it's 12 on/12 off, but some people do 8 on/16 off. As long as you're not in a sunny window, more than likely you won't have to worry about algae. Some tanks seem to get it worse than others. If you *do* start to have algae problems, you can purchase some quick growing live plants, like wisteria, java moss, marimo moss (not a fast grower, but good for algae control), anachris, duck weed, and they'll take all the nutrients and will starve your algae. Just don't put in fertilizer with these guys if you're combating algae. Mine all grow really well with just fish waste, so they'll do fine without anything additional. :)

I wouldn't worry too much about algae unless you it starts to grow. It's just borrowing trouble. :) Just make sure your tank is not in a window or somewhere that gets daily direct sunlight, that *will* cause it to grow. :)
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