How long should the lights be on?

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I think my plants might be doing poorly because they get too much light. How long should my lights be on? I have jungle val, melon swords and Java fern.

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How long do you usually leave the lights on? Melon swords and jungle Val are heavy root feeders, did you add any root tabs?


 

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What kind of light, and how long do you leave it on for now?
 
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Current USA Freshwater LED+. I leave it on for 12 hours. I just added root tabs for the first time on Sunday. I didn't realize previously that they might need them.
 

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That might be the case. They are heavy root feeders so the root tabs should help. How is the java Fern doing? They are water column feeders


 
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The javas are actually good. I have 3 tied down to some driftwood. I sure hope the others survive. They've been in there about 2 and a half weeks. Should I change the length of light time?

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Okay that's good. Yes the problem with the other plants was that they didn't have any root tabs. They should get better in a few days. The light period is fine. I leave the lights on my planted tanks for 12 hours also.


 
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Sounds good. Thanks.

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No problem


 
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