I have a ten gallon with white clouds, glolites and cories. The lights are on from 7AM to 5PM so I can ffed them in the morning after the lights are on for a while. By time I get home from work, the lights have been out for over an hour and the fish are pretty dormant. Turning on the room light doesn't get them moving much so they don't eat a second meal (except the cories). Should I just give them more time to eat in the morning or put the tank light back on to feed them at night (this seems distruptive)? This may not be as much of a problem come summer when out door light will keep the room bright until I'm home.
if your fish are happy and healthy then i wouldn't worry
about a second feeding.feed them in the morning and maybe
if your worried feed them once or twice a week with some
defrosted live food,just to make sure they have
plenty of varity.
why dont you set the lights to go on later so they are still on when you are home.....?
and that seems a little long for them to be on anyway unless you have live plants in there...........
Agree that is a long time to have lights on. Mine come on at 1pm till 8pm and ive been thinking about cutting that down.
The tank is heavily planted with 2 java fern, 2 anubis and a corkscrew val. The entire rear half of the tank is plants that the fish swim through and hide in. From the time I leave for work until I get back home is typically about 11 hours so changing the time the lights come on would just shift the feeding problem from night to morning.
Feeding once a day is plenty. I would just feed them in the morning, or at night and cut down on the amount of light as well. Maybe set it to come on about lunch time and go off an hour or 2 after you come home from work?
There is no need to change the feeding schedule you have if the fish are healthy and happy. If the fish are happy they will find the food the cories don't eat after you go to bed.
As for lighting, fish need spectrum lighting just like most other animals do. With a heavy planted tank, 10-11 hours is a good schedule. Normal lighting without plants should be on at least 7 hours a day if not the same 10-11 because any fish that came from the wild is used to sunlight for at least 10 hours a day if not longer. The tropics after all get at least 12 hours of sunlight a day.
The only reason I would worry about lighting lengths is if you get serious algae problems. I leave mine on for my plants 12 hours a day and when I was dosing right I never had any algae and the fish were healthy and happy.
Thanks all. I think I stay with the one feeding of flakes or granules in the morning for the white clouds and glolites and the sinking stick for the cories at night.
As far as the lights, I'm getting just a slight amount of algae on the glass between the semi weekly 25% water changes. Maybe I'll cut off just an hour of light a day and see the affect it has on the algae and the plants.
A small amount of algae is normal. I have seen algae on tanks that got no direct sunlight and didn't even have a light for the tank. Any light can cause algae, only worry about it if it gets out of hand.
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