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My planted nano is just starting to take off and I'm noticing some algae build up. It's nothing bit right now, just a bit on the glass and a flat stone, but I don't want it to get away from me. I need to get a timer for my light to cut back the 'day' since I'm goine 15hrs out of the day all too often. Is there anything else I can do? Here are the tank's details:

lighting = 10w Eclipse flourescent
filter = small, in-tank filter
stocking (flora/fauna) = in sig + one banded loach for my snail problem
Ferts = .25mL Excel daily
substrate = florite mixed with sand

right now my light cycle is probably 17-18hrs because I do it manually. I'm thinking that 8 or so wouldbe better, right?
 

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I just changed my tanks photo period cause the algae was growing better then the plants.
 

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I think 8 to 12hrs would be a better light cycle. 17 to 18 seems like a invite for a algae party.
 

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I know 18 is too much. It's more of a consequence of my away from home time. I'm buying a timer soon and just need to know how to set it. it's staying under control, I just don't want it to get bad in this little tank.

I'll give 8 or 10 a try and see what i get. Thanks!
 
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