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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?
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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?
    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.
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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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    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.
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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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