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Converting Tank into Habitat community tank for Angels in a 55g.
Old 05-06-2010, 01:06 PM   #11
 
I got a T8 6500k Daylight 48' tube from walmart. What should my timer be on for best plant growth..

Considering that the biotope of angels is most likely near the equator, 12/12? I only ask because of the note of the angels liking dim waters..

I figure, if I run a 12/12 cycle until my plants are big enough that they provide enough shade for the fishes I should be all set..
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:31 PM   #12
 
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Daylight and total darkness are equal in the tropical rainforests of SA. This equates to ten hours of "sun" and 10 hours of complete darkness; the remaining 4 hours are obviously dusk and dawn. "Sun" is a relative term, since most of the waters do not see that much direct sun but more diffused daylight.

Duration is something that has to be worked out to balance your fish and plant load and nutrient fertilization. If the light and nutrients do not balance, i.e., the light is on for longer than there are nutrients available to the plants, algae quickly takes over. In my setups I find that 10-11 hours of lights on works best; algae is naturally present but kept within bounds and the plants grow very well.

Light should always be the limiting factor in plant growth. Plants will continue to grow up to the factor (light, some nutrient) that is no longer available. If this factor is light, you will not have algae problems.

The timer can be set for any period, since you obviously want the lights on when you are normally home to view the aquarium. And you want light in the room, be it natural daylight or a lamp, when the tank lights come on and go off; this avoids a light/darkness "surprise" which is stressful to fish.

I tracked down the video of angels in their habitat that I posted a while back, here it is; the first part shows angels in a natural habitat, and you will observe they are under cover until the diver causes them to swim out.
Video of angels, cardinals in Amazonia

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Old 05-07-2010, 08:51 AM   #13
 
I have the chance to get my hands on some Hydrilla....
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:40 AM   #14
 
Correction, Egeria densa
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:12 AM   #15
 
I am not enjoying the fact that you can't edit your prevoius posts....
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:56 AM   #16
 
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You can edit posts, but there is a fairly short time limit window for editing (about 15 minutes I believe). The main reason for this is that editing posts causes a lot of confusion and can make discussions very disjointed.
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:17 PM   #17
 
I have the chance to get 2 more angel's however they are alot smaller than the current 3 that are in the tank. However they are exactly what I want in terms of coloring.

Good or Bad idea?

Currently my plants are doing great and are providing ALOT of hiding places. Since I changed the light and started with fertilizer - and continuning the CO2. The java ferns and corkscrew val are like wild fire.
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:50 PM   #18
 
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I have the chance to get 2 more angel's however they are alot smaller than the current 3 that are in the tank. However they are exactly what I want in terms of coloring.

Good or Bad idea?

Currently my plants are doing great and are providing ALOT of hiding places. Since I changed the light and started with fertilizer - and continuning the CO2. The java ferns and corkscrew val are like wild fire.
You are wise to question the addition of angels. What can often occur is that the existing trio of angels have their established pecking order, and adding new fish that are smaller will cause the current "dominant" fish to attack the smaller relentlessly. There was a thread not long ago by another member with this very problem, and she had to separate the offender into his own space to restore calm and prevent losing the other fish.

In a suitable large space with thick planting, wood, etc to create hiding spaces, the smaller fish might manage to avoid the larger and not be too stressed. Sometimes this works, sometimes not. And then also, some angels react differently in this situation; but the potential is there because it is in the fish's nature. Before adding new smaller angels, be aware that the problem may occur, and remedial action (another tank, returning the new fish) may be necessary.
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