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Begginer needs assistance, please help
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August 09, 2001 - 05:45 pm
my tank which previously i kept goldfish in, (i gave
it a clean out and complete resetup) has always had
the light on for 24 hours a day, now i've realised that
it shouldn't be on 24 hours i'm not sure what to
do, could some one give be some advice on lighting. Will
the fish get confused if i suddenly start turning the light
off. Please help
August 09, 2001 - 06:52 pm
Well, although I'm a little new to all this, what I
usually do is turn the light on when I wake up, and then
its the last light to go off when I go to bed. As far as
the fish being confused, I'll let the other guys on
the board help you out. I don't think it should, but
let the others help too.
August 09, 2001 - 11:01 pm
the fish will get used to it. they do need their sleep time
anyway. all organisms do. even plants. they'll eventually
get used to the light turning off suddenly, especially if
you turn it off at the same time every night ;)
August 10, 2001 - 08:42 am
So as to not shock the fish, a good way of doing this is
to turn the lights in the tank off about 1/2 hour before
the lights in the room go off at bedtime. Same thing on
winter mornings when it is still dark when you wake up.
Turn some lights on in the room about 15 minutes before
turning the tank lights on. This gives them a chance to
gradually get used to the lights on/off, and will be less
As lboy said, they do need some "lights off" time
in order to allow them to rest.
August 11, 2001 - 12:35 am
I have a computer timer that turns the light on at 7 am
every day and turns them off at 8 pm every night. I figure
that most of the tropicals that we keep are "wired"
to light at the equator 12 hours +/- 1 hour of light
Just my $0.02 worth.
August 11, 2001 - 12:29 pm
Twelve hours is too much light unless you are growing a
lot of plants Matthew. You may have problems keeping up
with the algae! I suggest about 9-10 as sufficient. At the
equator there are lots of plants and algae is not a problem
August 12, 2001 - 09:08 am
I have a regular timer that turns on my tank light at 7
and turns it off at 10. The timer was really a must since
we travel sometimes. The timer I purchased will turn on
and off two different times during the day. (So far,
no problem with algae, but I'm borderline too little
light already in my planted aquarium (low-light plants).
If I need to have light for less hours, I would be able
to have the timer turn on for several hours in the morning,
and then turn on for several hours in the evening. That
way we could still observe and feed our fish when we're