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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-04-2012, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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How long for lights?

Hi all! I just finished cycling last week and now have some Cory cats. I'm just wondering what everyone's light schedule is. I have the standard stock light for now w/1 anubias Nana and 1 Java fern. I just have no idea how long the lights should be on for my fish... 8,10 or 12 hours and is this done consecutively or broken up through out the day? Thanks for the input!
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i keep mine on around 10 hours depends on the light and the tank and plants etc

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Really no more then 10 or your setting yourself up for some potential algea issues

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Ya, start at 10 hours a day. Buy a timer for the lights so you dont have to worry about making sure your home to turn them off or on etc. If you begin to notice anything or start to get any kind of outbreak of algea. You can turn it down. I run my lights for 7 hours 6pm till 1am, best times for my viewing.

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Thanks for the tips everyone! 10 hrs it is
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