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Old 07-27-2010, 10:05 AM   #1 
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Lighting

I have a 5.5 gallon tank with a betta...I use a desk lamp to light the tank. The lamp has a long arm with the light at the end so I position the light at the top of the center of the tank. Is this OK? How loing should I leave the light on every day?
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:21 AM   #2 
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Bettas do not particularly like high light--and if the bulb in the lamp is incandescent, it can heat the water and cause dangerous temperature fluctuations. You could swap out the bulb for a lower wattage fluorescent bulb--that would probably be ok.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:32 AM   #3 
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How long should I keep the light on every day? So a subtle low light is better for betta fish?
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:40 PM   #4 
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They say anything after 10 hour's of light each day will make algea grow. I leave mine on 12 hours on 12 hours off, but then again i have pleco
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