02-01-2010, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Fish
Yea, I have to agree, I am not big on chemicals. I was thinking of going 3 hours ON, 1 Hour off, 3 Hours ON, 1 Hour off, 4 Hours on... with the lights.
Currently running 5 on, 1 off, 5 on.
Will this schedule hurt the plants?
A question was recently asked in another thread about the "siesta" schedule, and I did some research and couldn't find much that was definite, but there is agreement from most that the better schedule is 5-6 hours on, 2 hours off, then 5-6 hours on. The 2 off hours hamper algae but not apparently plants. But the on periods should be 5 hours minimum. Again, I have no absolute evidence for this, just comments from plant experts and I'd rather not take risks as you could end up losing the plants.
When time permits I will look further into this issue, I will have to directly contact some of my authorities.