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Should lighting change when adding c02?

I will be adding c02 today to my beginner 10 gallon planted tank. Right now I have two 13 watt CFL's. There has been a little algae growth, which is to be expected. How many hours a day should I keep the lights on? Should I increase the amount when adding c02, or get brighter bulbs, such as 26 watts? Thanks.
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I think that the amount of light you have right now would be fine and I keep my lights on 8 hours a day.


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From non co2 to co2, you dont NEED to increase the lighting, but co2 allows you to do so. How much co2 to be added is decided by how much light you have on the tank, not vise versa.

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From non co2 to co2, you dont NEED to increase the lighting, but co2 allows you to do so. How much co2 to be added is decided by how much light you have on the tank, not vise versa.


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Thanks for the replies! I will definitely be taking this info into account.
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I will be adding c02 today to my beginner 10 gallon planted tank. Right now I have two 13 watt CFL's. There has been a little algae growth, which is to be expected. How many hours a day should I keep the lights on? Should I increase the amount when adding c02, or get brighter bulbs, such as 26 watts? Thanks.
Hi Jerad Wilson,

Funny, Tom Barr was asked that same question last night at the GSAS meeting here in Seattle. What Tom said it was not necessary to increase light intensity or duration if we add CO2 it's just that the plants will grow faster (and use more nutrients) with CO2. With CO2 the light intensity/duration could be increased but that would increase the use of nutrients even further.

I would suggest first just adding the CO2 and not changing your photoperiod or intensity. Wait a couple of weeks and watch for deficiencies in your new growth. Then once you have everything in balance increase your photoperiod a little bit (maybe 1/2 hour) every couple of weeks watching for algae growth and deficiencies in new growth and adding additional nutrients if deficiencies arise.

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Thanks for the info! That's really interssting. What is the recommended starting photoperiod? 8 hours?
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Hi Jerad Wilson,

With 2X13 watts on a 10 gallon tank I think 8 hours should be fine. I have a 10 gallon that had 2X10 watts and ran a 10 hour photoperiod. You may have to tweak +/- depending upon algae growth.

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Wow, that is a nice tank! I think go with 8 hours then. Thank you again.
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