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Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 3:55 pm
by Nish
I was in the hardware store today and was going to grab a timer for my light.

Then it hit me. The timer tirns the light on or off. The light has off, day and night settings.

If you use a timer do you use the night time setting on your lights?

Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:16 pm
by Diana
By 'Night' do you mean your light fixture has 'moonlight' bulbs? Does it have a built in timer? (Probably not, if you are buying one!)

I have never used a light that has different settings like that.

I have used timers for all the lights. Often I will set the timers to come on in the AM, off mid day (in the summer when it is hot) then on in the later afternoon, into the evening. Then off at night.

Anyway, I would turn on the light to the way you want it most of the time, especially during the time you are not there.
Manually override the timer to turn on the moonlight (if that is what the setting is) when you are home to enjoy it. Then set it back to how you want it to run day-to-day.

Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:13 pm
by Nish
Yeah, the light has a BLue "moonlight setting" and the full Daylight.

It's a Marineland LED light thats supposed to be good for low to med light plants.

So use the timer to switch it on/off when not home and I need it to switch, then just manually change from day to night. Ok I'll look into doing that.

Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:12 am
by Crazygar
You want a timer. Algae will take advantage of the inconsistent timing and use it to its advantage, having a proper on/off schedule will create balance therefore helping (notice I said helping) to defeat algae.

At little bit of tweaking is involved until you find the proper day/night ratio. For instance, on Office Space, lights on at 3 off at 10. That's 8hrs of light, 16hrs of dark. It took some playing around to get this, as it will for you. Start with 12/12 and tweak accordingly.

Gary

Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:14 am
by Schmidtsie
10 - 3 = 7

No wonder the posts are all off by 7 hours.

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Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:15 am
by Crazygar
LOL, ok 17hrs of dark.

Gary

Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:27 am
by ScottFish
Schmidtsie wrote:10 - 3 = 7

No wonder the posts are all off by 7 hours.

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:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:28 pm
by Nish
LOL

Tbanks got the advice...

And the math lesson ;-)

Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:20 am
by Crazygar
Did you get the timer Nish?

Gary

Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:34 am
by Nish
I did pick up a timer and I've currently got it set for lights on from 8am to 8pm. Going to see what happens and go from there.

Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:25 pm
by C. Andrew Nelson
I love having a timer for my lights. I have mine set to run 10 hours. That seems to be the sweet spot. If I go longer that 10 hours the algae starts to rear its ugly head.

I still need to get timers for my children's tanks. I set up their tanks at the beginning of summer. Both my son and my daughter tend to let the lights stay on too long. My son forgets to turn off his when he goes to sleep at night and my daughter turns on hers on first thing in the morning and leaves them on all day. Then they wonder why they have so much algae. :slapforehead:

Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:23 am
by Nish
I had been running them about 6:30-6:30 (some nights later or earlier) before the timer and Algae hadn't been a problem. I don't want to cut it so much that I need to worry about the Otos not getting enough.

Side note. I did finally see one of my Otos munching on the lettuce leaf that I periodically put in there for them. I hadden't really seen them eating it, I just kind of wake up one morning, or get home from work, and notice it's got holes in it.

Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:22 am
by Nish
Could anyone tell me what this plant is? My wife grabbed it from the pet store without a clue what it was. It doesn't show up well in the bad cell phone pictures but the underside of the leaves have a red color to them.

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Seeing a little more of the tank (sorry I meant to get everything in but the sides didn't get in the picture)

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How the plants are doing:
Crypt doesn't seem to be dying or growing
Anubius seems to be doing well I even have a few new leaves on it, the one that looks like it's glowing in the pic is new
Ludwigia isn't doing well at all I've lost most of it
Amazon Sword is looking thin and seems to be struggling
Dwarf hair grass isn't doing much some growth some browning
Brazilian Pennywart is growing quickly. One plant has made it to the surface and likely will get cut and replanted this weekend.
Dwarf Sag is all but dead
Picked up a kinda crazy looking Java Fern that I'm attaching to some of the driftwood (Unfortunately didn't make the pic)

I'll try to get better pictures soon.

Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:17 am
by C. Andrew Nelson
Your mystery plant is Hemigraphis colorata, commonly known as Crimson Ivy. It's not actually an aquatic plant, but is one of the many terrestrial plants that still get sold these days as aquarium plants. Having said that, it is a strong plant that can withstand being submerged for a while. It might last up to a year before it deteriorates and dies. In order to give it a fighting chance it's best to provide it bright lighting. No matter what you do, though, it will eventually disintegrate submerged in your tank. It's better suited to an emersed environment.

I'm producing a video for my Aquatasy channel on YouTube that details the most common plants that are passed off as being aquatic. Some, like Hemigraphis colorata, are mostly harmless. Others can become a serious threat to the health of your fish as they break down and decompose under water.

I will say that Hemigraphis colorata is a beautiful plant. Short-lived under water, yet beautiful.

Re: Lighting and Timers

PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:01 pm
by Nish
Thanks. From the sounds of it then I will leave it in there for a while to give some cover in the back until other plants grow in or we find more suitable plants.