that would be 14 hrs, which is a little long for a photoperiod unless the lights cycle off for 2 to 4 hours during the day while you're at school. Many people find that the "siesta" period in the middle of the photoperiod helps control some kinds of algae, and it certainly allows you to get the advantage of seeing your tank lit while you're home, even if that's a total of 14-16 hours from first thing in the morning until bed. I use a break in both of my tanks from about 2pm until 5pm, so as i walk through the door from work (i get off at 5 most days), the lights have been on 20 minutes or so, just long enough that the fish are waking up and getting active. That way I can leave my lights on until 10:30 pm without overdoing it. As for your lighthing, the ballasts is a great recommendation, but be careful and make sure you know what you're doing before you start trying to wire up the ballasts. It's been a long time since I was 12, so I'm not trying to condescend, I just don't remember how skilled I was with DIY electronics at that age, and I'd hate to see anyone get hurt. Try to see if you can come up with somebody you know (often a parent, sometimes a neighbor, friend or friend's parents, etc) that is familiar with simple circuits and electronics, and see if they'll give you a hand the first time if you need it. After that, I'm sure you'll have it down. Best of luck, and it sounds like you're off to a great start.
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