Would plants benefit from...

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by ilikefish, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. ilikefishValued MemberMember

    Would plants benefit from gradual lighting... As in 5*10 watt bulbs and somthing like this happening

    hour ........ # of bulbs on
    1rst hour - 1
    2nd hour -2
    3rd hour - 2
    4rth hour -3
    5th hour -3
    6th hour -4
    7th hour - 5
    8th hour - 5
    9th hour -4
    10th hour -3
    11th hour -3
    12th hour -2
    13th hour -2
    14th hour -1

    This would simulate the sun more I believe... Any thoughts?
  2. Nate McFinWell Known MemberMember

    Some people use a "noon time burst" to simulate peak hours of light but I am not really sure that there is much added benefit in doing so. Thats alot of bulbs you are running there! What kind of lighting is it? T-5?

  3. ilikefishValued MemberMember

    I'm not running it yet but planning on it. Their 10 watt aquarium compact florescent full spectrum bulbs. I know peak times is quite a bit of light but I plan on growing Glosso and HC (dwarf baby tears) so I believe they will be happy that way.

    I think I will have a small patio that provides "shade" for the low light plants in the tank and possibly the fish that want a break from the light.
  4. NutterFishlore VIPMember

    There's not really any benefit to the plants. All you need to make sure of is that they recieve at least 8hrs of intense enough light each day. Other than that, the plants couldn't care less. The cycle of the light is more for the fishes benefit. So that they arn't in the dark one second & then getting hammered by light from 4 tubes or whatever the next second. You could speed that graduation up to tubes going on & off every 30min to give a longer high intensity middle period.

    What size tank are you thinking?
  5. ilikefishValued MemberMember

    10 gallons :rolleyes: ...
  6. NutterFishlore VIPMember

    Make sure you use co2 & ferts with that amount of light over a 10gal.
  7. ilikefishValued MemberMember

    Oh I plan on it : )!... if i may ask... what would happen if i didnt
  8. bassbonedivaFishlore VIPMember

    The algae infestation from Hades!
  9. Nate McFinWell Known MemberMember

    lol +3

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