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post #1 of 11 Old 04-21-2007, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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light and airstone

Hello All,

I always runing airstone and light on 24/7. But everytime I went to a LFS their display tanks never have a airstone running. And also some shopping mail tank display have no airstone running too. And look much much better.

How long can I have my tank run without Airstone. Or can I setup a timmer and let the airstone running like 11 pm to next day 3 pm (14 hrs) or like 8 am (9 hrs).

Tank size 100 gal with maybe 30 fishes (guppies, neon) and a 25 gal fish with 16 Cichlid size average less than 1"

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-21-2007, 10:12 PM
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One possibility is that they also have many plants in their tanks (which provide all the oxygen they need). Or, they could be injecting air outside of the tank if they use a canister filter. As for me, I never run air into my planted tank, both because I've noticed the fish get along just fine without it (in fact they seem less nervous), and to decrease the surface agitation to maintain a higher CO2 level for my plants. Also, oxygen does naturally diffuse into the water. My recommendation is that you don't need it if you have plants, but either way you could experiment. Just remember that fish gulping air means they need oxygen. Hope this helps.
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-21-2007, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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I don't have any plants in both of my tank. Might start some later. But have a lot of rocks for the fish to play and hide.
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-21-2007, 11:56 PM
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what sort of filter do you have, because if you have a filter that will disturb the surface of the water that is generally enough and u dont really need an airstone, i personally like the look of an airstone and the bubbles they create.
may i ask why u have your light on 24/7? i would put your light on a timer so its only on for about 12 hrs.

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-22-2007, 02:57 AM
Yeah I've always kept air pumps in my tanks with curtains and such just because...i'm not sure I just like it lol, and yeah with the 24/7 light, don't you have major algae growth? And your fish never get stressed?
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-22-2007, 04:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hello,
Reason I want to shutoff the airstone is because the tank is in my study room. Which the airpump and airstone make noise and with it shutoff look more quite and more peaceful. With the light on 24/7 is because everytime I turn off the light, the fish look like they are scare and start running around and around. Same when I turn the light on.

Algae not much. don't know why maybe I don't have any direct sun light in that room.


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post #7 of 11 Old 04-22-2007, 04:43 AM
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wat sort of filter do you have??
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-22-2007, 04:59 AM
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Reason I want to shutoff the airstone is because the tank is in my study room. Which the airpump and airstone make noise and with it shutoff look more quite and more peaceful.
There's no problem with that provided your tank is not overcrowded where gasping for air would be quite prominent.
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With the light on 24/7 is because everytime I turn off the light, the fish look like they are scare and start running around and around. Same when I turn the light on.
You need to turn on the room light first before turning off the aquarium light. A gradual process like that won't scare the fish easily.

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-22-2007, 12:13 PM
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The airstone if fine running 24/7, the light however, is not. The fish need the darkness to rest, so they aren't over stimulated and stressed.

That is normal for the fish, especially the neons, to swim around somewhat frantically when the light is turned off.

Also, turn a room light on before turning the light on, and when turning it off, leave the room light on. I would recommend getting a timer for the light.
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-22-2007, 08:42 PM
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Same answer here- Turn on room light then tank light. Turn off tank light then room light. Air stone off overnight? Shouldn't be a problem. Try it during the day when you're home and see how your fish react before attempting overnight.

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