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SporadicStaticAddict 03-04-2007 06:10 AM

Dumb Question: Turn off the lights?
My parents used to/still turn off the lights on the fish tank hoods every night so the little guys can sleep. Is that standard practice? Because I don't have a heater in the tank yet (the water temp is fine), and I'm afraid to turn off the lights as they're the only heat source right now.

jones57742 03-04-2007 07:54 AM

1) Yes: you do need to turn off the lights.
Typical lighting periods are 8 hours to 12 hours per day.

2) Please purchase a heater.
The temperature fluctuations in your tank are probably causing you fish to not be "happy campers".


SporadicStaticAddict 03-04-2007 07:56 AM

Alrighty, thanks. I'll do that later today.

basicloser 03-04-2007 12:20 PM

Well fish don't actually 'sleep' in the sence that humans do, so could you just imagine if you couldn't close your eyes and lights were on all around you all the time? AHH.

Just posting this so there is something that you might compare feelings too perhaps?

SporadicStaticAddict 03-04-2007 02:55 PM

Heh, yes I understand. No need to worry about that anymore. They've got their heater, their filter, their airstones, and an owner that knows the lights go out sometimes.

musho3210 03-04-2007 02:58 PM

what light are you using, incandecent or flourecent

SporadicStaticAddict 03-04-2007 03:05 PM

I'm actually not sure. The light bulbs came with the hood and tank that were given to me and still work. I'm going to replace them with my next paycheck (a week an a half away) regardless because I have no idea how old they are. What do you recommend for guppies and mollies? I haven't even looked into the differences between the two types yet.

musho3210 03-04-2007 03:08 PM

well with any fish flourecent is always better, it runs cooler and it will save electricity, with incandecent it is a hot light bulb (try lighting it for 2 hours and place your palm on it for 30 seconds) which can cause temperature fluctuations, also plants wont grow under incandecent lighting, it has to be flourecent

SporadicStaticAddict 03-04-2007 03:12 PM

Then I'll rule out incandecent. Thank you for the information!

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