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Old 01-24-2013, 10:15 AM   #16
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Wow imagine how much growth you'd have if you had a dark period in the daily cycle?
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:19 AM   #17
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How did you get that to grow so fast? What kind of lighting, substrate, ferts? What size tank? That is awsome!
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:37 AM   #18
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I'm curious about this 24/7 lighting thing? It goes against everything I know about growing plants......but this is the second time this week I've seen it mentioned. I would like to know more about this.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:39 AM   #19
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Wow!!
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:41 AM   #20
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know this when my 29 gallon cube with 6*23 watt 6500k and co2. my hc went from seperate 1 inch sections to 2 inch sections when i left the lights on over night so they had 7 am to next day 8 pm grew like crazy
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:11 PM   #21
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substrate is sand, no ferts. i just ignore it for the most part.
lights are two shop lights from walmart, 48 inch. t12 bulbs.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:03 PM   #22
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substrate is sand, no ferts. i just ignore it for the most part.
lights are two shop lights from walmart, 48 inch. t12 bulbs.
Thats amazing. Do you have fish in the tank?
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:50 AM   #23
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Thats amazing. Do you have fish in the tank?
yes, lucania goodie and lucania parva. the tank is not normal by any means. i have worked to create as much of an ecosystem as i possibly can. to that end, i have a LOT of plants and i have inoculated it with a ridiculously large variety of life. it has at least 12 different species of chydoridae, about 15 different species of ostracods(there may be more) at least five different types of oligochaet worms (mostly dero types) 6 different species of snails, 4 different species of grammarus, two different ectoprocts(which never seem to do so well) god knows how many copepods, and a a mix of microfauna collected from all over the country.

i have tested the tank by not touching it for weeks at a time, and found that not only did the fish survive, they bred. in the meantime, i keep a culture of all kinds of wee beasties that get added to the tank every so often. i dont know if it helps, but it makes sense to me.

i leave the lights on because its the powerhouse that makes the whole tank go round
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:52 AM   #24
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I see you mention that the light is a 48". Is this a 55 gallon tank? I have to try something like this!
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:33 PM   #25
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the tank is a 65 gallon acrylic tank.
im going to go ahead and warn you, if you leave the lights on 24/7, it probably wont look pretty...
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:31 PM   #26
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I must say why do you do 24/7 Lighting, ecspecially with fish in the tank?
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the tank is a 65 gallon acrylic tank.
im going to go ahead and warn you, if you leave the lights on 24/7, it probably wont look pretty...

Meaning?
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:41 PM   #28
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without anything to stop algae from growing, it WILL show up in your tank if you leave the light on 24/7. in my "dr seuss" tank, the one with way too much light and cow manure in the substrate, there is so much UV being pushed into the tank that it creates a hostile environment for cyano and some other types of algae(most types it seems). im trying to support a very diverse "ecosystem" in the 65g bluefin killifish tank, so i need the algae there, as well as all the plants. if i want as much life as i can get, i need to encourage the growth of producers(algae, cyano, plants) as much as i can, so i leave the lights on 24/7.

why do i leave the lights on 24/7 with fish in it? is that meant to imply that it has a negative impact on the fish? i cant say that it does. they seem happy enough to be breeding like mad. so far i havent seen any negative impacts.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:52 AM   #29
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^^ I find myself leaving the lights on longer and longer in an attempt to get some algea to grow for my otos. I dont mind algea, i think it adds to a tank..I have a fake log that is covered in algea and it turned a rather obvious peice into something that looks natural. But i do have dark periods, cause when i do, i see all the fish go to the bottom, and 'rest'. Some dont, Some rest when the lights on, but when the light is off, and you look, there are snoozing guppies on the sand. And my cories too. they always take much longer to wake up, even after the light has been on for a few minutes..they are deep sleepers!
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:10 AM   #30
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just felt like showing off. another plant from the 65g, aponogeton crispus. i moved it to a different part of the tank, where it wont get in the way as much when i catch bluefin killifish fry.

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