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How bad is a one-day-only planted tank blackout?

Here's what happened.

I turned 'on' my Coralife automatic outlet timer for my house guests to see one of my planted tanks with lights on, since the lights were on for a set period of time already and the tank has received enough light for the day.. So I had it on for just for a few minutes to impress.. but sadly, I didn't put the timer to go back on 'auto' mode, instead I had it 'off' for quite a while until the next day, and it has already passed the time the lights should have been on today during the afternoon; it's at a time right now where it supposed to be off.. So eh, just how bad is it for the plants to do a day without lights? Will I experience any melts or die-offs? Hopefully I don't. Most of my plants are pretty hardy, low light, low tech, so I think I'll probably won't suffer any huge losses or whatnot, but I just want to know just how bad one day is.

Any input, info, would greatly be appreciated!

Thanks a lot guys.

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A one day black out should not be a problem at all.
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I see. No worries then. Thanks a lot for your input, Diana!

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Not a problem at all. I have done 3-4 day blackouts and plants have been fine

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I had an unfortunate electrical blackout due to an icestorm that lasted 5 nightss 6 days temp inside the house dropped to below -7Celcius. It was a gradual drop to -7 on the fourth night and below that on the 5th night Never below freezing

No Co2, No Lights, No filtration in 9 of my tanks some with heavily stocked fish / some died in tank with plants. I stopped feeding fish and fertilizing when filters went out and tried water changes and removed dead fish as much as I could without light but eventually hot water tank lost its hot water and I added little fresh water for aeration and cleaner water. It was actually quite interesting to see when the lights came back on that some of the plant roots like JAva Fern had wrapped themselves around / or the fish got caught in then died - It loooked like the plants were feeding on the fish carcass.

But once power came back on Plants flourished like never before. Mind you some were close to death ie Donoi and Syng Manaus Ludwigia Pantannal in my 30 Gallon Long Tanks seemed to be hardest hit. The Bigger Taller and larger tanks seemed to handle the stress better.

Sword TAil, Mollies, Celestial Pearl Danios and Burmese Loaches survived. Very strong Fish

Im almost tempted to try this again in the future on purpose this time JUst to get those results, but only in tanks that I know the fish can handle it.
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One day? Any plants that'd be bothered by that were selected out by nature a long time ago.

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A few months ago I saw some algae that i didn't like the looks of starting to grow so i left the lights off for 3 days. Granted my tank is not high tech, but everything was fine and that algae was gone.
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In a 1 day blackout my plants took a bad hit.
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In a 1 day blackout my plants took a bad hit.
Then they were on their way out anyway.(sorry for your loss)
Does anyone think that in nature the sun shines each and every day?
Unless one has added chemical's to their tank ahead of blackout,then one day would not hurt nor help anything in my opinion.
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When I go out of town I leave lights off for 3 days, no top off and no feeding, they survive. In fact I've seen growth and my moss turn really bright green.
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I blacked out tanks during a termite tenting. I did so for 5 days and everything was fine. Remember light drives growth - no light no growth

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