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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2020, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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New Planted Tank Light Period

Hi, looking for suggestions for optimum light period. I have started a new low tech 54 litre (15 gallon). It's 2 weeks old but started with filter media and water from a mature tank. I planted it with Crypts, Valisneria, Anubias, Red Diamond Sword, Ludwigia, Flame Moss with JBL pro flora root tabs.

Fish so far 1 Betta and 6 Rummy Noses.
Last water reading: 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrites, 5 Nitrates.

Light is on for 8 hours per day atm. I've noticed algae appearing on the viewing pane but expect this is normal. I want to avoid any large amount of algae but also want to have the lights on long enough for plants to develop and to hopefully out compete the algae.
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It varies for each person. Some leave the lights on for 12 hours and others prefer 8 hours.

My tank is currently set up for 8 hours a day with a siesta period so it's on for 4 hours, off for 3 hours, and then on for another 4 hours.
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Thanks, yeah I think I'll stick with 8.
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Both of my tanks get about 6 to 7 hours of light. that seems to be the sweet spot for me. They do get ambient light during the day though.
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Thanks, yeah I think I'll stick with 8.
If you're dealing with algae, you could try including a siesta period. Some people have said that it can help with algae.
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If you're dealing with algae, you could try including a siesta period. Some people have said that it can help with algae.
This right here! Even if you aren't dealing with algae, a good break in the lighting schedule allows for the CO2 levels in a low tech tank to reach atmospheric equilibrium again after being depleted by the plants. I run 4hrs on-4hrs off-4hrs on. I highly recommend!

75g...medium tech...?
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Siesta period gave me good results on a low tech tank. The algae was on a minimum and plants were able to generate and use co2 better.


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The light period when you start a tank is completely different than once the tank matures. Generally 4 hrs is a good start and as the tank grows in and the bio-filter matures you can gradually increase it. I've grown in full carpets with just 4 hrs of light. The siesta period is really more geared toward a walstad type tank as the co2 generated by the dirt is used up and the siesta allows it to regenerate.
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