06-04-2013, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by mgkdad
with the lights I have right now how many hours should I run them with the plants I have now.
You want to find the balance between light (intensity then duration) and nutrients, and this varies with each aquarium due to the fish load, feeding, plants, etc.
For m,y 10g with identical lights, I run them 8 hours. Flourish Comp dosed once a week. I have never had algae in this tank, interestingly, except when it was in the window as an experiment before I put the light over it.
Use a timer, and you can have the "day" period anytime when you are normally home to view the tank. As long as the tank gets a good period of complete darkness, you're OK.