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On then off then on then off....lol
the best is to have come on when your home for the day and let them run 6 - 8 hours
for fake plants and 8 -12 if you have real plants.
Some people say you can turn them on for a hours or so in the morning so you can feed then off then back on when you return home with no ill effect on the fish. I have been told on a planted tank you can (should) turn the lights off in the middle of the light cycle for about 2 hours to rest the plants .....JMHO
 
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A broken light cycle is the way to go. It's not to rest the plants though, it's to help stop algae forming & fight overheating issues during summer. I run my lights on all my tanks 8am on, noon off, 5pm on, 9pm off for the night. That can be modified to suit your own individual needs but keep a 3-6hr break during the hottest part of the day. The bonus is that your lights are on for longer during the hours your more likely to be home.
 

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Wow , I hadn't thought about that. I got a timer with my light set up but haven't installed it yet.

So far I have been turning the light on in the morning , about 6 am and out at night about 10pm. I am currently cycling my tank but do have live plants. Guess I should read up on the on off thing...lol.

Good question, cuz I had no clue there was an on, off cycle ppl used.
 

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Not everyone uses the sort of light cycle I do but it is catching on. You can use a continuous light cycle if you want but you should limit it to a maximum of 12hrs light on with live plants. I can't run my lights right through the day because it gets really hot here in summer but I would still do a broken cycle to help slow or stop algae growth even if I lived somewhere cooler.
 

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I use a timer on at 2 p.m. and off at 11 p.m. (I'm up late ) for my planted tank and I also use a power-glo light and I have absolutely no algae problems. I rarely have to clean the glass, my 2 bristlenoses do a good job in combination with the lighting
 

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Good morning,

I have my lights on timers too and I do the same as Nutter. (with a little time difference though). I have my lights on from 7am until 11am. They are off from 11am until 3pm. Back on from 3pm until 10pm. This is for my 265g, fake plants. I like the lights off during the hottest parts of the day. Generic lighting, 70 watts.

Ken
 

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thanks for this thread - I too had no idea that a disrupted cycle was a good idea!
I've been having some hair algae issues in my 23G, so hopefully this new lighting method should help.

Great question chunkdaddy!
 

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Yes I use 8hrs light on planted tanks. There's rarely a need for more though you can have longer hours if there isn't lots of algae growth. My main planted tank has near enough 200w of T8 lighting & DIY co2. 8hrs is enough even for my high demand plants.
 

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I don't think it has mentioned yet in this thread but having a set routine is great for the fish also, they are very routine oriented, and having the lights on/off at the same time every single day is something they will expect (lowered stress from flicking the lights off at night specifically).
 

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I don't think it has mentioned yet in this thread but having a set routine is great for the fish also, they are very routine oriented, and having the lights on/off at the same time every single day is something they will expect (lowered stress from flicking the lights off at night specifically).
Good point. That's the exact reason why I use light timers on every single tank I have wether it's planted or not. I also stage my lights so that they come on sequentially (dim light to bright & then bright to dim before off) to lessen the shock even more.
 
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