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Old 12-07-2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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Enjoying Your Tank - And Keeping A Light Cycle


So I have two tanks in my home office. I have learned the hard way about unwanted algae and leaving the lights on too long.

My question is, how can I maintain a light cycle, but still have enough light to enjoy my tanks when I work? I typically spend 12 to 16 hours a day in my home office(i am a freelance web developer) and the moonlighting systems arent really bright enough for me to take a break and enjoy my tanks.

Currently I do not turn the lights on in the tanks until noon and then they are off again by 6pm. I keep cherry shrimp, otocinclus, subwassertang and anubias b. -- nothing special, no co2, plenty of t5 wattage when the cycle is on, no complaints about the tanks themselves -- just trying to figure out if there is a way to keep them lit enough to enjoy them throughout my sometimes very long work days?
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:57 PM   #2
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Since you have 2 tanks, make one a morning tank and one an evening tank. Or as an alternative, stop working such long hours.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:40 AM   #3
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I use a combo of cfl bulbs and led. cfl is for plant growth and LEDs are more for viewing. When i'm up and about I just use the LEDs and have them turned down. CFL range from 6-8 hours a day while I am away.

Alternately, I sometimes leave one cfl bulb on and turn off all the other lights. This creates a very dramatic look. after a decent photoperiod I can turn that one off and another one on
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:58 AM   #4
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You can split the day and give the tanks a break of a couple of hours.
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I recently changed to a twice a day photoperiod - 2 hours in the morning when I'm getting ready for the day, and 6 hours in the late afternoon/evening when everyone can enjoy it as well.
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I run my lights for 14 hours per day on my 125G. Of course I've only got 230W of CFL about 2" above the surface.

I spend several days per week working at my dining room table watching the fish swim as a break.
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:23 PM   #7
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You can split the day and give the tanks a break of a couple of hours.
Ok this sounds cool but I am confused.

My experience with plant life is this (lets say im growing "tomatoes")

Veg cycle (the process where the plant grows, produces no fruit or flower)
Flower Cycle(the process when the plant produces fruit or flower)

Do aquatic plants follow the same routine as terrestrial plants? How would breaking my light cycle affect the plants?

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Since you have 2 tanks, make one a morning tank and one an evening tank. Or as an alternative, stop working such long hours.
I love my work :-) that will never happen unless I am told I cant have my tanks in my home office anymore :-)

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Old 12-08-2013, 03:26 PM   #8
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I use a combo of cfl bulbs and led. cfl is for plant growth and LEDs are more for viewing. When i'm up and about I just use the LEDs and have them turned down. CFL range from 6-8 hours a day while I am away.

Alternately, I sometimes leave one cfl bulb on and turn off all the other lights. This creates a very dramatic look. after a decent photoperiod I can turn that one off and another one on

The LEDs I have used before seemed to be great for growing beard/hair algae...which totally ruined some of my mosses. what type of LED set up are you using?
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The LEDs I have used before seemed to be great for growing beard/hair algae...which totally ruined some of my mosses. what type of LED set up are you using?

I have the satellite+, for the 'growing time' I use the yellow setting giving me the maximum par for this fixture. Then for simple viewing mode I switch to the dark blue setting and reduce the white light by a couple clicks. The plant and fish colors are better, the shadows are better---think evening colors and intensity vs midday.
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:12 PM   #10
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These satellite set ups are shockingly affordable. Total T5 replacement?

Is this the product you're using?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=26107
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