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Old 02-18-2011, 02:55 AM   #1 
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How long to leave on light?

I'm getting my 2.5 gal planted tank set up and I'm wondering how long I should have the light on for each day? It's a 9W daylight bulb and there are 3 plants in the tank. Thanks!
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:24 PM   #2 
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I'm getting my 2.5 gal planted tank set up and I'm wondering how long I should have the light on for each day? It's a 9W daylight bulb and there are 3 plants in the tank. Thanks!
just try to follow the normal daylight cycle with it..
i turn my light on when i wake up in the morning, do my feeding, go to work, come back, feed him dinner a bit later, leave it on for another two hours or so, and then turn it off around 7-730 ish (when its dark outside) so my betta can fall asleep before i do.
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:08 PM   #3 
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With live plants I would start at 10 hours and increase to 12h as per the plants....you have to find the balance to get good plant growth and limited algae growth.....too short and this can trick the plants into thinking the season changed and go dormant or even die....too short and the plants will not thrive and grow well and the algae will out compete them.....

I am on 12-13h photoperiod with my planted tanks.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:38 PM   #4 
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I leave mine on from 7:30 AM to 9:30 PM...no plants.
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