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Fluval Plant 3.0 Lighting Schedules and Programming

This is a thread to share programming tips, schedules, and app screenshots for the Fluval Plant 3.0 and the Plant 3.0 Nano. Please use other threads for light shopping and comparisons.
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Following, this should be interesting, thereís a guy on YouTube thats talks about it a lil bit, right now I have the nano led, just did the update so now I have pro mode but just use it in auto for now.
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Here is my medium-power dual siesta for my organic soil nano tanks. I will also share a lower-power version.

Please note that the Warm White percentages don't show in this screenshot.


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Here is my medium-power dual siesta for my organic soil nano tanks. I will also share a lower-power version.

Please note that the Warm White percentages don't show in this screenshot.

What are the advantages of running the lights like this?
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There are two reasons for a siesta or two.

In an organic soil tank, you get a bit of CO2 from decomposition in the soil. I can see it in my Apex pH logs. Nighttime gives the biggest boost, but you get a smaller one with each siesta, but with diminishing returns (like naps). The broken-up schedule is fine for the plants, but not as conducive for algae, compared to the same light in one long photoperiod.

However, the primary reason is so the hobbyist can enjoy the tank in the morning, mid-day, and at night, without a ridiculously long photoperiod that would cause algae problems. So I get to wake up with my tanks before work, and also before bedtime.

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There are two reasons for a siesta or two.

In an organic soil tank, you get a bit of CO2 from decomposition in the soil. I can see it in my Apex pH logs. Nighttime gives the biggest boost, but you get a smaller one with each siesta, but with diminishing returns (like naps). The broken-up schedule is fine for the plants, but not as conducive for algae, compared to the same light in one long photoperiod.

However, the primary reason is so the hobbyist can enjoy the tank in the morning, mid-day, and at night, without a ridiculously long photoperiod that would cause algae problems. So I get to wake up with my tanks before work, and also before bedtime.
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Ill get another shot of the break down later at some point but this is what I have been running for a while now on my low tech 40B and its been working well with my setup. Dose ThriveC twice a week with some added phosphates and potassium.

FYI my light is raised about 2" above the tank to get better spread since its a 40B

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You can rename your light.

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You can rename your light.
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Thanks Streetwise, yeah just wasnt worried about it in the least to be honest. Had enough troubles updating to the pro version then figuring out how to setup all the points lol. I do save the programs to names I come up with but with only one fluval light not to worried about it.


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I'm really happy to have my dual siesta these days since I am stuck in my room most of the time. My only true routine is waking up with the tanks, and then watching them ramp down to blue at night.

This is the low power version of my schedule:

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This is excellent! Thanks again for this!


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This is awesome. I've been trying to find something that gave a general range for low, medium, and high light for the fluval 3.0. My percentages are working for one tank, but it has higher light plants in it. The other tanks, I'm not so sure about.
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I just got a 15" Fluval. My Nano programs would not copy so I had to start again.


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These schedules have been working really well for me for months now. Everything is pretty balanced with plant health and algae control.
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