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post #1 of 10 Old 08-16-2019, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Algae vs lighting

Earlier this year, my 30+ year old aquarium sprung a leak, so I replaced it with Fluval Vista 23 gallon setup. The new aquarium has LED lighting, whereas the old aquarium had fluorescent. Iíve noticed that the new aquarium has a much greater tendency to develop algae on the glass. I have to scrape the glass pretty much every night. I assume this must be due to the LED lighting. Very frustrating. What are my options here?
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-17-2019, 05:03 PM
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You could try shortening the time the lights are on to 6-8hrs a day
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-17-2019, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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You could try shortening the time the lights are on to 6-8hrs a day
That was sort of my plan. I would like to put the lights on a timer. My problem is I’m not sure what kind of timer would work with the LED lights.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-18-2019, 05:29 PM
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Just use a normal one that plugs into the outlet?
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-18-2019, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Since the LED light uses a touch-sensitive electronic switch, rather than a mechanical switch, I have reservations about whether that would work.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-19-2019, 08:18 AM
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Since the LED light uses a touch-sensitive electronic switch, rather than a mechanical switch, I have reservations about whether that would work.
Yeah I can't use a timer on my LED light for the same reasons...it won't turn on.

I've got snails, shrimp & lots of plants to try & combat the algae growth...this way I'm not stressed or concerned about the amount of hours per day the LED is left on.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-21-2019, 12:06 PM
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how do you limit the duration of the lighting now?

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-21-2019, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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I turn it on in the morning and turn it off before I go to bed. That’s 15-16 hours. Too much. I want it on for a few hours in the morning and then again when I’m home from work.

By the way, I’ve determined that my light will work with a timer, so all is good.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-22-2019, 11:10 AM
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I turn it on in the morning and turn it off before I go to bed. Thatís 15-16 hours. Too much. I want it on for a few hours in the morning and then again when Iím home from work.

By the way, Iíve determined that my light will work with a timer, so all is good.

I was wondering why it wouldn't. Thanks for feedback. Hope the algae is lessoned.

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-22-2019, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Well, with an electronic switch, it could have easily gone the other way. I guess they designed the lighting with that in mind.
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