How Many Hours Should I Put On All My Lights And Just My Blue Lights?

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So recently, my full spectrum 24" no-name light came into the mail today, and I've wondering if I should put on all my lights all the time, or put all the lights on for half the day, and then just the blue lights for the other half, because the lights seem to make the temperature rise quite a bit.
 

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Are you trying to grow plants with these lights? With my low light I only use it for around six hours a day to grow my low light plants. You don't really want to go over eight hours, because that can lead to algae issues.
 

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Since you don't have plants I wouldn't put the lights on for very long at all due to algae growth which may happen if the lights are on too long.
 
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Should I put only my blue lights on at all, or should I always leave all the lights on?
 

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8 hours max . or you'll have a heck of a time cleaning the algae up
 

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You could put the blue lights on at night if you want to. Those are mostly for looks.
 

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I usually have my lights on in the morning around 6:30 when feeding them. I would turn it after half an hour when the sun rises and I have it on the evenings from sunset until 10:00 PM so not more than 4 hours for me and my tank has regular plastic plants.
 

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If your as active as me it may help to get a timer. Mine go on at 8 am and off at 6 pm. Whether I home or not.
 
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Do you know any cheap, hardy floating plants that you recommend? Since it's summer and stuff my temperature's rising, and there's not too many places for my fish to rest under.

Water lettuce looks pretty cool
 

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I really like water whisteria myself for a floating plant. I know some like frogbit, which multiples pretty quickly.
 
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I think I might choose water lettuce since it's only a floating plant, but I'll have to find a store In tampa.
 

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