01-09-2012, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Andarial
9 hours I think, is that too long? I also have two 6500k, 10 watt ultra sun mini compact lights. I dunno if that is too much light or not? My melon sword isn't having a problem growing I just don't think the hairgrass algae is a good thing.
You should reduce the duration from 9 down to 8 hours. The brush algae you mentioned in another post is due to light. Don't expect the algae to disappear, it won't, but when the light is reduced it should hopefully stop increasing and that is the aim. Plants need nutrients to grow, so stopping the nutrients will not help the algae issue as then the plants can't compete for the light.
I would get some floating plant; this will not only help with the light but calm the Betta. This fish occurs in heavily-vegetated swamps and appreciates floating plants. Water Sprite is ideal.