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post #12 of (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Kathyy View Post
Very glad to read that things are looking up.

My plants really hated 6 hour days. The Persicaria Kawagoeanum only carried ~6 leaves per stem, leaves were only a couple inches long and the lower leaves and stems had BBA on them. On 8 hour days the leaves are at least double the size, stems carry more than a dozen leaves and I am not seeing BBA on the old leaves. Sure hope that keeps up. I am sure the algae would love 8 hour days more if I didn't shade the tank. It makes a big difference. Put some window screen or cheesecloth over the tank and set the light for 8 hours. In a couple weeks take the shade off for an hour a day. If that goes well, 2 hours and so on. Since the plant mass is larger and plants themselves stronger they can handle the added light. I am up to 4 on/4 off as of last week.

But keep it at 6 hours for right now as it is working for you, just something to consider trying later on.
Thank you everyone for rplying. I guess now I'll work on NPK for awile to further allow the plants to grow better and try and stop algae breakouts. Also, I'd like to use my 13-watt CFLs too, I guess that's downthe road a bit, thoug.

Thanks again,

MY TANK: Planted 10g; 2 x 10W CFL; Fluval U2 internal filter; MGOCPM/black sand cap
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