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Old 12-09-2011, 09:15 PM   #1
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low tech lighting question


I have recently planted my 55 gallon goldfish tank.
Its a dirt tank capped with pool filter sand. I have a two bulb 48" T5 HE light fixture, i have jungle vals red and green, amazon swords, dwarf sag, a few crypts and some home grown apogenton plants. I was wondering what a suggested length of time to run my ligts is, i think i have my timer running for eight hours right now.

Also, i know some people have a siesta in the middle of the day, i would like to do this too. So i can enjoy my tank before and after i go to work. I have heard that this helps prevent algae and what not....is this true? And also is there a maxium time frame for this siesta, like no more than three or four hours?

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Old 12-10-2011, 04:02 PM   #2
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Also, i know some people have a siesta in the middle of the day, i would like to do this too. So i can enjoy my tank before and after i go to work. Is there a maxium time frame for this siesta, like no more than three or four hours?
I do this. Since I have done this have not had problems with BBA(black brush algae).

I have the coralife T5 NO over 29g tank. Lights on 4hrs/ off 4hrs/ on 6hrs.
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:09 PM   #3
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I have had far fewer issues with algae since I started having a siesta for our tanks. The lights come on for a few hours in the morning so we can feed and observe the flora and fauna. Then the lights shut down for three hours or so and come back on in the afternoon and evening for our dining and dancing pleasure. I normally have a total of ten to twelve hours of light exposure a day. Good luck.

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Diana Walstad says that a siesta period is good for allowing more CO2 from the substrate to build-up in the water, helping the plants during the second half of the photoperiod. That makes lots of sense to me. But, it is applicable only for Walstad type tanks, with natural soil, not mineralized, as a substrate.
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:23 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone for your input!
I really appriciate it and its useful!
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Does the siesta only help for that style of tank? Would a flourite, eco complete, or sand tank benefit at all?
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I have my lights 4 hours on - 5 hours off - 7 hours on - 8 hours off. I have a total of 11 hours light, with almost 3 wpg (no reflector) and no co2. There isn't the slightest bit of algae in the tank, and i attribute that to the siesta included funky photoperiod. I also feed 2x a day, due to the tank having both adult fish fry.
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I have my lights 4 hours on - 5 hours off - 7 hours on - 8 hours off. I have a total of 11 hours light, with almost 3 wpg (no reflector) and no co2. There isn't the slightest bit of algae in the tank, and i attribute that to the siesta included funky photoperiod. I also feed 2x a day, due to the tank having both adult fish fry.
Got a link to the tank?
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I have my lights 4 hours on - 5 hours off - 7 hours on - 8 hours off. I have a total of 11 hours light, with almost 3 wpg (no reflector) and no co2. There isn't the slightest bit of algae in the tank, and i attribute that to the siesta included funky photoperiod. I also feed 2x a day, due to the tank having both adult fish fry.
Since 3 wpg doesn't say anything about how much light you have I suspect you have low light. That alone would greatly reduce any algae problems.

What are the dimensions of your tank, and what lights are you using?
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Hoppy is most likely correct, as I don't have a par-meter to check the true light level. But the floating plants, and inefficient bulbs probably put me in low/medium-low lighting. Tank is 10 gallon, standard dimensions. Using two spiral 6500k pc bulbs at 15 watts each. Don't have an updated picture at the moment, but tomorrow morning I'll try to get a couple snapshots and post them. It ain't pretty. I haven't quite gotten the hang of aquascaping with no hardscape so it's messy looking.
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