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Some advice on improving my aquarium please.
Old 10-12-2011, 07:26 AM   #11
 
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What would be a good length of time to run the lights ?
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:29 AM   #12
 
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What would be a good length of time to run the lights ?
I have heard 6hrs should be the minimum you should have the lights on for the plants.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:31 PM   #13
 
You may have to play with the lighting but somewhere between 6-10hrs, you can pick up a timer at walmart for $6.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:49 PM   #14
 
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One must go cautiously here with increasing light. The plants in the photo appear to be Anubias species [not sure about the one in the centre planted in the gravel]. Anubias are low light plants, and very prone to developing brush algae in direct light. They do best in shade, such as provided by floating plants. So when the light is increased (duration) I would suggest adding some floating plants like those I and others mentioned earlier.

Six hours is minimum for most planted aquaria. Depending upon plant species you add, increasing the light to 6-8 hours will probably be sufficient, at least initially. The other thing is nutrients, without sufficient nutrients to balance the light you will have issues with algae. Do you have any fertilizers? I can expand on this later, or you can check out some info here:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...um-part-34861/

The substrate change would make a big difference to the fish and to you viewing the aquarium. I realize the discus probably swim about now and then, but it is not simply co-incidence that in the photo they are in the darkest areas of the tank. You can read some background on light and its effect on fish here:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...er-fish-81982/
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:31 PM   #15
 
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Thanks again for all the info . The Anubias does have brush algae and i'll be off down to the local shop to get some floating plants for more shade . I bought the bigger plants for shade as you have mentioned Byron . I just didn't realise how much shade they needed .
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:39 PM   #16
 
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I changed the gravel yesterday . I think the tank looks a lot better already . So far so good . Hope to get some more plants very soon .

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Old 10-13-2011, 05:46 PM   #17
 
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That's much more natural. And the discus seem brighter coloured...
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:01 PM   #18
 
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if discus didnt get so big i would simply have to have them :( but alas my two 55s are enough big tanks :( plus my roommate already wants to charge people entrance fees for coming to "the aquarium" lol
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:52 PM   #19
 
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Hoping i don't get to much of a spike in the ammonia with the gravel change .
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