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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-27-2008, 03:41 AM Thread Starter
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Lower light for longer photo period

At this point in time I just want to learn one way at a time. No CO2 use excel and dry ferts with WC.
I like everyone else would like to see my tank lit. I don't mind the mornings off it just seems natural but by 10am I like them on and would like to leave them on till a decent bedtime. Could a lower light be used for the whole day? I wonder how that would effect the plants and algae? I don't mind the slow growth. I just want healthy looking.
Or is there a way to use a non growth bulb for part of the day and the grow light the rest of the time. I would need to fixtures but I have thin ones I could use.

75g, pair of gold rams , ABN, 1 adult 2 young discus, 2oto's, 6ADF's, 3 anglefish. 96w 6700k-light 6hrs raised, No C02, Excel, EI dry macro's and micro's, Eheim 2126, 18w UV, 2 Nano 270 powerhead. wall of bubbles for more O2 for such a deep tank.
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I'd personally try running a low wattage bulb most of the day, then a 4 hour "burst" with a good plant light at some point.

What size is your tank and what are your lighting options?





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45g 24"tall I own a 10000k 42w (0.933wpg) and a 6700k 96w (2.13wpg) but If needed I would change the bulbs to fit the time peorid

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I think that would work well- run the 42watt most of the day for viewing, then blast the 96watts for just 4 hours, then back down to 42.





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Thanks! That also might help with GSA and Diatoms I seem to have with this new light.

75g, pair of gold rams , ABN, 1 adult 2 young discus, 2oto's, 6ADF's, 3 anglefish. 96w 6700k-light 6hrs raised, No C02, Excel, EI dry macro's and micro's, Eheim 2126, 18w UV, 2 Nano 270 powerhead. wall of bubbles for more O2 for such a deep tank.
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