Discussion in 'General Aquatic Talk' started by Dylan S, Sep 16, 2014.
jeessh...talk about a power nap...
where did you read/see this? every thread which asks about this, the std answer is 8hrs? i find that anything more than 10 hrs you will be growing algae..
all my tanks are from 3pm-11pm except one tank by the window which is on from 11am-7pm
Mine is on from 05h30 - 06h30 (morning feeding), then from 10h00 - 14h00 and then from 16h00 - 20h00
I know it should be roughly 8 hours...although I have no algae at all save for some green spot on the glass
Think it's save to say everyone has at least some GSA
Mine's currently on from 10am - 9pm but this will change as soon as the LED setup is ready.
They grow just fine..
I got a low tech tank, crypts and mosses, it gets some ambient light, there is no need for more than 4 hours.. and even that may be too much, I need to assess.
The tank has ferts daily, and excell also, but light is minimal.
You give more light you need to add more CO2, and this tank is not a high CO2 sort of tank. Even with pumped CO2, rarely I give more than 8 hours.
Excuse my ignorance. I didn't bother to work out the hours properly. I don't dose ferts (not yet anyhoo) and don't plan on getting a C02 System at all (too expensive for me) so should I lower the photo period to +- 8 hours? So is 12 hours way too much? Could my plants be getting too much sun for the amount of nutrients they're getting?
@F1refly ... why no fert dosing?
All my tanks are low tech...and I dont think I'll ever change (I have my reasons)...with that being said, dosing makes the world's difference!! I personally went the PPS-Pro route, so no big water changes as with EI dosing...and my plants are growing quite nicely for a low tech I believe. They healthy, nice colouring...
what are your reasons?
I have 12 tanks running at the moment...granted most are breeding, but maintenance is killing me already on my display tanks alone. Can only imagine how much time I'm gonna spend trimming and maintaining high tech tanks. My better half is supporting me greatly as it is, I mean she bought me my 5ft for my birthday yesterday...but she's already not too happy "sharing my time" with tanks...so I better not push it...LOL
And call me naive or stupid...I like to believe (in my own screwed up mind...LOL) that low tech are more natural, in the sense that there's no presurized CO2 in nature. I know most people on here will slaughter me for saying that...it's just my own personal belief...
So please...be gentle...hahahaha
I don't dose as Seachem stuff is to expensive for me. I'm waiting for Slagters Ferts and then I'll buy some bottles of his complete and maybe the other stuff
Actually I found that high tech is easier to maintain.. max of one hour week is needed, trimming and water changes..
Low tech is nice in a smaller tank, as I have a 60cm tank only at the moment, so low lighting period keeps it going very nicely.
you really cant grow some plants to their full potential without CO2, that's about the only reason i use it, and it makes things a little easier on the plant growing side.. you can't compare whats going on in nature with what's happening in our tanks..
There is actually a lot of CO2 in the waterways..
Also, many of these plants will go dormant in the wet season, and pick up when there is a dryer season.
Leaves, decomposing animals, rott, all of that releases carbon in the water..
You cannot compare nature to what you do in a 200L enclosure.. not the same..
Wow.. Awesome reading all the responses. Seems like the majority have there tanks go on mid afternoon and run till evening.
Yesterday was my first day doing that and of course the first issue has cropped up. Plants such as rotala and top of S repens are all bending to the left now towards the windows during the day! rotala stem is making a right angle!
Lights on 06h00 to 06h30 for feeding and 17h00 to 23h00
a. How far from the window is your tank...
b. Can't you filter the light coming through...i.e. blinds or curtains?
You may also notice your Rotalas closing up come night time.
They care not if your lights are still on or you still pumping CO2, they just go to sleep.
Tank is about 2.5 meters from window and has a blind. Doesnt completely block out sun though. More of a diffusing effect
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