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    On Memorial day my wife and I bought a Dual T5 lighting system for her 20 Gallon that's going to end up heavily planted. Yesterday I bought a timer. If I set the timer for 8 hours will that be to little, to much or just fine for the plants?
    Wife's Tank
    20 Gallon tall
    In the process of heavily planting with dual T5's
    After planted and cycled- 6-Pygmy Cories, 4-Red Wag Platys, 6-X-ray Tetras and 2 Mystery Snails.

    My tank
    120 Gallon with 2 Florida Atlantic Stingrays and 6-12 Mystery Snails - when I finish cycling my wife's tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freshwaterfishlover View Post
    On Memorial day my wife and I bought a Dual T5 lighting system for her 20 Gallon that's going to end up heavily planted. Yesterday I bought a timer. If I set the timer for 8 hours will that be to little, to much or just fine for the plants?
    I'd say just about fine. If you start seeing algae you might drop it to 6 hours. Also, some here get fancy and will run the lights for 4 hours then shut them off for 2 then on again for another 4. This helps keep algae at bay. It can't handle the light changes like that.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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    depends on types of plants, nutrients and CO2. I'd start at 8, typically I see people do 6-12 hours depending on the other conditions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triton View Post
    depends on types of plants, nutrients and CO2. I'd start at 8, typically I see people do 6-12 hours depending on the other conditions
    Precisely...every tank is different...experiment with a straight 8, and see how it goes
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    I add Co2 every other day and iron once a week.
    Wife's Tank
    20 Gallon tall
    In the process of heavily planting with dual T5's
    After planted and cycled- 6-Pygmy Cories, 4-Red Wag Platys, 6-X-ray Tetras and 2 Mystery Snails.

    My tank
    120 Gallon with 2 Florida Atlantic Stingrays and 6-12 Mystery Snails - when I finish cycling my wife's tank.

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    I'd still say start at 8 and adjust accordingly.

    Really depends on what types of plants you have

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