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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-16-2014, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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Split light cycle on your shrimp tank?

Is anyone running a split light cycle on their shrimp tank? I have an algae outbreak going on in one of my tanks and I want to cut back on the lighting. The issue is that I like to see my tank with the lights on in the morning before work and then in the evening when I get home - just to keep tabs on everything and have a little enjoyment. Would splitting the light cycle up into two light periods with a break over the middle of the day bother the shrimps in any way? I'm thinking on for 3-4 hours, off for 4 hours, and then on for 3 hours again before going dark for the night. The tank houses CRS/CBS shrimp.

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No, this should be fine.

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I have done it on a few tanks for long periods of time and can be successful. The key is to not provide too much light to the tank in number of hours. Too much forces algal blooms etc. The ambient light in the room during the day is what usually does people in. Not sure what your situation is exactly. Good luck
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Good point about the ambient light in the room. I do actually have a light blocking shade on that window, and in the winter it stays pretty dark. However, in the summer, even with that shade there is a little spill in - I would have forgotten to take that into account.

Based on the responses here, I set it up to run in the on On-4 hours, Off-4 hours, On-3 hours then off for the night to see how that plays out.
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