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Old 10-31-2009, 12:53 PM   #1 
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Question Lighting question :)

Hello everyone!

I have plans to be getting some supplies for a betta today, and before I left I had a quick question about lighting. I'm hoping to be getting a tank with a built-in lamp. My question is if the light should be turned off after certain times or does it make a difference for the fish? I would like to assume that bettas have a light-based cycle and sleep, so that was what was making me wonder.

I have the idea of getting some of those bulbs that I've read about so positively here as well, so after that happens I surely know that I will need a light cycle to keep the plants from exploding in growth :P.

I am very happy that I found this forum!

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Old 10-31-2009, 12:59 PM   #2 
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i keep my lights on for 6 hours and then off for two hours and then back on for 6 hours. the 2 hour break, breaks the cycle for algae growth. but the plants thrive and the fish are great. fish do need a sleep cycle.

if u cant do the turning off and on during the day maybe u can get a timer
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Old 10-31-2009, 01:13 PM   #3 
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Basically if I'm awake, they lights are on for my Bettas. So basically 12 hours on and 12 hours off.
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Old 10-31-2009, 01:49 PM   #4 
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I do 12 hours on and 12 hours off for the plants. If you don't have live plants, you can keep it on for around 7 hours or so.
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Old 10-31-2009, 02:13 PM   #5 
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These are all awesome suggestions. I think I'll probably get myself a timer since I am away in class or work most of the time. :D Thank you for the reassurance! And I am jealous of all of your fish images - they are all beautiful. *pines* I hope I find a healthy one myself when I go out searching. :)
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Old 10-31-2009, 02:22 PM   #6 
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good luck with the search!
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:25 AM   #7 
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I usually do 8 hrs on during the day.

Good luck finding your new betta friend!
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