pb300, I was considering using a cheap, dim lamp for the "off" times in which I still want to see the fish, but it sure would be cramped inside my canopy.
jcardona1, that thread is great! That's the kind of information I had hoped to find, thank you. It helps to give me a starting place on how to schedule the lights that not only work for the plants/algae issue, but also for my desire to actually see my tank!
I also found it interesting that others are using 2 siestas in the day instead of just 1. I through out my earlier example mainly to get the idea rolling, thinking I'd be told one siesta is the most I should try, but it seems 2 work for others!
I've honestly been afraid to use the other 2 lamps because I know things that go wrong, go wrong in a hurry with more lighting. But then why did I get all this gear if I'm too afraid to use it?
So I'm going to try to do what I comprehend in my head but find it more difficult to actually do
, which is to work very hard to take care of the plants instead of worrying about the algae (with the BBA being a different issue, of course). So I'm trying to give the plants more ferts and CO2 than they need so they can keep up with the light and out-compete the algae. I believe once I finally get passed this last step, I'll have the tank I wanted.