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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-14-2008, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
 
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24/7 Co2 and Light?

I've got a 10 gallon in my basement, It contains no substrate, but a bunch of aquatic plants, that I just need a place for until they go into my paludarium. My question is can I leave my Co2, and my Light running 24/7?

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10 Gallon tank.
10,000k Oceanic 18" Bulb.
Red Sea - CO2 Bio System.

There are 4 Blind cave fish in there. I dont really care for the fish, But They didnt have anywhere else to go!

Any feedback is more then welcome!

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I've got a 10 gallon in my basement, It contains no substrate, but a bunch of aquatic plants, that I just need a place for until they go into my paludarium. My question is can I leave my Co2, and my Light running 24/7?

Set up :

10 Gallon tank.
10,000k Oceanic 18" Bulb.
Red Sea - CO2 Bio System.

There are 4 Blind cave fish in there. I dont really care for the fish, But They didnt have anywhere else to go!

Any feedback is more then welcome!

Thanks guys, Love the forum by the way!

It is not nice to say that you don't care about those fish. Those fish are your responsibility and you SHOULD care for them. If they are cave blind fish, they shouldn't have any lighting in the aquarium.
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I do care about the fish, I'm sorry if i came off as I didnt, But to rephrase things a bit, I'm more interested in the plants.

I'm sorry, I cant understand the last sentence of your post, so I will not make a comment about it.

Thanks for your infomation, and help!
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My lights were left on 24/7 by accident at my home tank while I was at UCLA. When I came back, the plants looked sickly. Just like we're not designed to be active forever, I don't think plants are designed to photosynthesize forever.

The plants probably won't react too well to not being rooted, but they'll most likely survive. You can leave the CO2 on 24/7, but maybe shoot for around 15 ppm? I see great plant growth with as low as 20 bubbles per minute in my 10 gallon, and I never have to worry about my fish suffocating.

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I do care about the fish, I'm sorry if i came off as I didnt, But to rephrase things a bit, I'm more interested in the plants.

I'm sorry, I cant understand the last sentence of your post, so I will not make a comment about it.

Thanks for your infomation, and help!
I mean to say that cave blind fish dwell in an environment that has no sunlight, so they shouldn't have any aquarium lights on.
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Plants need to have a rest period just like most living creatures.
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Alright, thank you. I'll put my light on a 12 hour timer. Aswell as bring the fish back to my paludarium, Since the PH is more balanced now.


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