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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:38 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

                                                   
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A  non-planted  tank  does  not  require  lighting  unless  you  want  to  see  the  fish.  Since  you  are  using  lights  in  a  non-planted  tank,  you  have  algae  which  is  taking  place  of  your  plants.  Use  the  lights  only  when  you  want  to  see  the  fish,  make  a  couple  of  water  changes  and  the  algae  will  disappear.                

 
 I  thought  fish  also  needed  some  amount  of  light  to  mimic  the  natural  day  night  rhythm  as  best  possible,  just  not  as  much  as  those  needed  for  planted  tanks.  I  definitely  recall  reading  it  in  one  of  the  fish  mags  online.  I'll  check  and  post  the  link.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:11 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 Ambient  light  in  the  room  is  more  than  enough  for  them  to  exhibit  natural  behaviour,  Johnny.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:04 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 Are  you  concerned  about  people  admiring  your  tank?   If  not,  and  if  you  want  your  fish  to  be  happy,  you  should  be  happy  with  the  algae  on  your  gravel.   Unless  its  a  planted  tank,  algae  balances  a  lot  of  things  in  the  tank  and  i  wouldn't  want  to  get  rid  of  them  except  for  my  front  glass  or  its  turns  out  to  become  green  water.
 And  for  lighting,  fishes  feel  more  secure  and  settled  in  a  world  of  subdued  lighting.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:10 am Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

                                                   
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Ambient  light  in  the  room  is  more  than  enough  for  them  to  exhibit  natural  behaviour,  Johnny.                

 
 I  agree.  But  what  I  am  mentioning  was  in  this  book  on  tropical  fish  keeping  I  had  bought  last  year.  Their  argument  is  that  the  fish  orient  themselves  to  the  light.  So  when  the  light  comes  from  the  top,  they  remain  straight.  If  the  light  comes  from  the  side,  they  tend  to  slowly  tilt  towards  the  side  trying  to  align  themselves  with  the  light.  I  reckon  a  phenomenon  similar  to  the  drop  eye  of  arowanas,  though  I  have  not  observed  such  behaviour  myself.  I  suppose  the  intensity  of  light  might  also  play  a  big  part  in  it.
 
 No  soft  copy  right  now.  I  will  scan/  photo  the  page  and  post  it  later  in  the  evening.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:32 am Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

                                                   
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 I  agree.  But  what  I  am  mentioning  was  in  this  book  on  tropical  fish  keeping  I  had  bought  last  year.  Their  argument  is  that  the  fish  orient  themselves  to  the  light.  So  when  the  light  comes  from  the  top,  they  remain  straight.  If  the  light  comes  from  the  side,  they  tend  to  slowly  tilt  towards  the  side  trying  to  align  themselves  with  the  light.  I  reckon  a  phenomenon  similar  to  the  drop  eye  of  arowanas,  though  I  have  not  observed  such  behaviour  myself.  I  suppose  the  intensity  of  light  might  also  play  a  big  part  in  it.
 
 No  soft  copy  right  now.  I  will  scan/  photo  the  page  and  post  it  later  in  the  evening.                

 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:37 am Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 Jhonny  read  that  article  properly.  The  author  advises  against  side  lighting  of  tanks  using  electric  bulbs,  which  was  a  fad  when  that  article  was  written.
 
 Not  ambient  light  from  the  room.
 
 I  do  not  believe  there  will  be  a   change  in  fish  behavior  though,  with  ambient  light  through  the  side  glass.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:39 am Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 I  agree  with  Madan.  My  fronts  bred  in  my  tank  which  has  only  ambient  light.  I  think  they  are  oriented  okay.   Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:13 am Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 hey  experts..  
 As  asked  in  the  first  post,  do  temprature  affect  growth  of  algae?  is  there  any  relation..?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:50 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 I  went  about  seraching  for  the  aquarium  fan  in  nearly  all  the  LFS  in  tirupur  and  coimbatore,  with  no  luck  :-(,  Instead  some  of  the  LFS  guy  told  me  what  i  was  asking  for  never  existed.
 
 Any  help  from  where  i  can  get  these  fans  to  cool  the  water  down.
 
 I  have  opened  the  top  front  cover  of  the  tank  which  has  brought  the  temp  down  to  31.5  but  this  still  seems  high.
 
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