I have always disliked looking at my tanks without lights so I've maintained a 12 hour photoperiod for that reason with one tank getting 13 hours (my 5g RCS tank). I know many people worry about getting algae with long photoperiods, and that can happen, but it's not always the case. I'm doing this with both, high tech and low tech, tanks so it's not a matter of requiring CO2 or ferts either. One key element is to not use too bright of light unless you are injecting CO2 and dosing ferts.
During the hours in which the lights are off, I still get to enjoy my tanks thanks to moon lights. It's not as much fun as having the lights on, but it's better than seeing a pitch black void. I do keep the moonlights fairly dim, and I have confirmed that the fish are sleeping.
So maybe you can find a 12 hour stretch that would work for you (7am-7pm?) and work to orient the tank to accept the long photoperiod?
Otherwise, I'd skip the 1 hour in the morning since it's just 1 hour and turn the lights on later in the day so you can keep them on a little later at night. On the weekends, check to make sure the fish are still "sleeping in" during the off time in the morning so you can be certain they're able to use that time to actually sleep.
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