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Hair algae in new Fluval Edge

It's been running just over a week now and there is starting to become a hair algae problem. I don't know what to do that won't mess up the cycle.
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How long are your lights on each day?
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Now that you mention it, it's on from the point I wake up, to when I go to sleep. Sometimes 16 hours. Probably it huh? How long should I keep it on?
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well if you have no plants then they should be on at all. if its sparely planted maybe 4 hours a day..




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well if you have no plants then they should be on at all. if its sparely planted maybe 4 hours a day..
I do have plants. Java moss, anubias and swords. However, who would have a fish tank with no lighting? That would look awful.
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My Edge lights are on for 11 hours a day. Since I work during the day I have it set up so they turn on later in the afternoon 30 minutes before I arrive home until about 2AM. I would suggest you try putting it on a timer for consistent photo period. Maybe start with 9 hours for a few weeks and see if the algae dies back.


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You can also break up the photo period, that is supposed to help with algae. So like, on for 4 hours, off for 1 hour, on for 4 hours, off for 2 hour, on for 2 hours or something like that. but yeah a timer definitely helps either way! and you're right, its not much good to look at the tank with no lights on so try to set up your photo period for when you are home, and have the lights off when you're not For example, mine comes on for an hour in the morning so I can feed the fish before work, then it goes off for the day and comes back on from like 3pm-10pm. but then you also have to take into account whether or not the tank is going to get any daylight through a nearby window... (mine don't, so they do ok with the light off during the day and on most of the evening.)


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