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Old 12-04-2007, 12:41 AM   #1
 
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How long do you recomend keeping the light on per day?

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Robb
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:55 AM   #2
 
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10-12 hours maximum although 10 hours for me.
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:05 AM   #3
 
cool, im using 9 1/2 hours right now..........

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Old 12-04-2007, 02:21 AM   #4
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Depends if you have plants ? do you ? If not the lights are only there for your benefit so you can see the fish. :D
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:42 PM   #5
 
no live plants presently......
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:02 PM   #6
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Set your lights for a convient time for yourself then. Fish will not benefit from 12hrs per day for no reason.
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:48 PM   #7
 
whats the longest I should have them on?
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:55 AM   #8
 
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well if you have them on that long and no algae problems then its fine. i would get a timer and have it set to go on and off when your around.
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:26 AM   #9
 
I added a time and its on a total of about 5 hours now..........
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:23 PM   #10
 
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My scenario:
I have two separate light fixtures on timers. One is a more subdued light which goes on around 7am. My main, much brighter, lights turn on around 1pm, at the same time the other lights are turned off. Then at around 6pm my main lights turn off, and just the subdued lights remain on until around 10pm.

So I'd agree with everyone else. Leave them on for however long you want, and whatever is most convenient to you. So long as you aren't leaving them on for too long, leading to potential algae problems.
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