View Poll Results: When are your lights on?

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  • Early morning till evening (with the Sun)

    16 22.86%
  • Afternoon into night (after work hours)

    23 32.86%
  • Early morning till late at night (algae lovers)

    17 24.29%
  • Other (mixed schedule, dimmers, etc...)

    14 20.00%
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    My lights are on late morning into the evening
    This is science here folks...why use a easy word when a complex one will do just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AQUAMONSTER View Post
    Unless your home all day that's a waste of electricity. Mine are turned on at 5pm and off at 11pm on the weekdays and on the weekends they are on at 3 and off at 11

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    For the past couple days, I've left the light off until it starts to get dark outside, just for the heck of it (the tank's surrounded on 3 sides by windows, so there's plenty of natural light), but now I've got a serious brown algae bloom (the water is a brown-red color), so I won't be doing that again. And for the record, I did a 60% water change on Wednesday afternoon, so it's not a water quality issue.



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    Everywhere I have read that brown algae is caused by not enough light, however, I get it on the side of my tank with more light...very strange.



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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_zx2 View Post
    Everywhere I have read that brown algae is caused by not enough light, however, I get it on the side of my tank with more light...very strange.
    Have you checked your water parameters? My current 10 gallon is the only well-lit tank in which I've had brown algae, but it only grows on the side of the tank that is in the shadow of the in-tank filter.



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    I haven't checked kh or gh but everything else is 0 except nitrates 0-5 ppm. You have a good point about shadowing, I'm gonna try some new configurations with the lights to see if it changes anything.



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    brown algae can also be lights that need changing.

    for green algae. Less hours of light, less food....and get an algae strike force in place. I have 3 plecos, an odwalla catfish and a flying fox.

    I'm fine with 9 hours for mostly low, medium light plants at 2w per g. In fact, that might even be too much light by the books, but they don't seem to mind.



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    I onlyhave 4 Amazon sword plants left in mine, my rck destroyed everything else. I keep my lights on a timer for 6 hours a day (from 4 to 10), but his tank also gets natural sunlight from morning to mid after noon.



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    Added more lights to the tank and co2, now the brown algae is gone and the green has started.
    If I remember correctly this indicates I need more ferts right?



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    off at 2am on at 10am
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