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  1. #1

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    I upgraded my light fixture to 40W (29g tank) and picked up a bundle of java moss and a scraggly looking java fern. How many hours a day should I leave the light on now that I'm supporting plants?
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    10 hours should be plenty. A timer is a good investment.

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    You should be fine with 10, but if you start having problems with algae, cut it back to 8. Java Moss and Java Ferns are slow growers, so if you over feed, they won't abosrb excess nutrients at high rates.
    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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    9-10 is fine. Oh and java moss is not nearly a slow grower. It grows as fast as weeds.
    "Speak softly and carry a big stick"
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    I have lots of tanks, 9 I think.

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    I've heard disagreement on both of these plants being "slow growers" or "fast growers". As someone who's never grown aquarium plants before, I guess my question is, "compared to what?"

    Also, I have a timer, so that's good. Can I break the 10 hours up into two separate chunks (nobody is around to enjoy the view in the middle of the day), or would that screw with things?
    300 gallon mega tank: build in progress
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    70 gallon growout tank: clown loaches, sailfin pleco
    60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
    29 gallon frog tank: 1 bullfrog
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    I've heard that breaking up the time your lights is on can be bad for your plants

    I have mine on form noon until 8:00pm.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    I run from 2 to 12 that way they are on the whole time I am home and awake with time to watch the tanks.

    You can split the photo period if you wish.

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    Really it'll depend on many factors, the types of plants, how much algae you get, if you are adding other carbon sources for the plants. Personally I run most of my tanks around 7 hours at the moment. Since it's getting much warmer outside, I've switched the lighting hours from the day to the evening. I have the lighting turn on around 5 and turn off around midnight. Helps cut down on the heat in the aquariums.

    It'll take a while to dial in the right amount of hours you'll need to run lights. If it looks like the plants need more light, leave them on longer. If you end up getting too much algae cut back the hours.

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    Ive read on these forums that breaking up the light time is better to control algae as they can deal with the break in photo period like plants can. I can't provide any scientific evidence for this though.
    10g- 5 diamond tetra, 1 oto, 1 albino BN pleco, 1 assassin snail and 2 blue shrimp. Heavily planted tank.

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