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gypsy_ii 11-08-2007 12:14 PM

Daily Care Questions
Hi there, I just started my first tank and had a couple questions regarding how long I should have a couple things running:

How long should I leave my air pump on per day? Just to make sure, my filter should stay all the time, correct? and lastly, how long should my lighting be kept on? I've been keeping in on for about 12hrs a day (I have 6 live plants atm).

Glad to find this forum. Can't wait to spend more poking around the other topics.

Thanks for all your help

willow 11-08-2007 12:20 PM

hi and welcome aboard.:)
lights i say no more than eight hours a day.
air pump just the evening for you to see.
your filter stays on all the time.
poke around and post plenty.

ShawnMcc 11-08-2007 12:31 PM

I leave my air pump running 24/7 it hasnt harmed anything plus I have CO2 running just in the day.

gypsy_ii 11-08-2007 01:00 PM

Thanks for the welcome Willow :)

Hey Shawn, is the Co2 a requirement? I have a heater, filter and air pump as it is for my tropical fish.

Lupin 11-08-2007 05:24 PM


Originally Posted by gypsy_ii
is the Co2 a requirement?

Optional. If you want fast and lush growth of plants, you'll need high lighting and balanced nutrient levels or risk growing species of algae that are quite annoying really.:shake:

Daz 11-09-2007 04:04 AM


Originally Posted by willow
air pump just the evening for you to see.


If you do this please ensure you have a one way valve. Axminster is not cheap these days.

Wot, wot. :wink:

willow 11-09-2007 09:17 AM

yes indeed,do remember your non-return valve.
i have got two,because it is a double air pump. :)

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