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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-05-2006, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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strange question.

I have a 46bowfront in our dining room that is planted with about 3 different plants and several fish.

I have the hood lights on for about 11 hours a day.

My question is this. Does the rest of the room need to be totally dark during the "off-light" times? Our computer is in the same room about 8-10feet away and as you can see, I'm on it all night and I have the light on in the room as well. (Hurts your eyes just to look at a monitor with no other lights on ). It's a 5 light chandlier but I unscrew all but one which is a 60 watt bulb.

I just don't want to have an algae outbreak from having too much light, or if it's bad for the plants or fish.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-05-2006, 09:13 AM
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I do not think it will be too bad at all if the light is not intense. I turn my lights off at about 9 pm each night, but we have other light in the house on for about another 2 hours after this what are in the same room as the tank. The fish seem to settle down quite quick after I turn the tank lights off and plants start to photosynthsyse really quick so I would say no, it is ok to do what you are doing.
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Use a timer to turn of during the day (or later in the morning) so that you can enjoy your tank with lights on at night.

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I have a 46bowfront in our dining room that is planted with about 3 different plants and several fish.

I have the hood lights on for about 11 hours a day.

My question is this. Does the rest of the room need to be totally dark during the "off-light" times? Our computer is in the same room about 8-10feet away and as you can see, I'm on it all night and I have the light on in the room as well. (Hurts your eyes just to look at a monitor with no other lights on ). It's a 5 light chandlier but I unscrew all but one which is a 60 watt bulb.

I just don't want to have an algae outbreak from having too much light, or if it's bad for the plants or fish.

THANKS!

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unless you light the room with metal halides .....then no your room doesnt have to be totally dark......

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It is actually beneficial to any fish if your room lights are turned off after your tank lights (less stressful).

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-05-2006, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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thank you. Keck, I had read about that as well, just didn't know if keeping it on for 4 more hours would be overkill~ !

BlueRam.. I just bought one! very helpful!!! I thought about that as well, but we actually have sunlight coming in during the morning and it hits the tank, it's about 10-12 feet from the windows, but the windows are huge and it's direct sunlight for at least an hour. So I figured I need to add that time to the lights as well.

Thanks everyone.. I feel much better about staying up to the wee hours of the night!
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I figure the moon is out at night, so a little light shouldn't hurt... so long as it's pretty dark in the aquarium.

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