Lighting and Algae Control
Subject: Re: How long are lights good for?
> >Perhaps the engineering charts don't take into account the fact
> >we turn our lights on and off each day (this shortens the life)
> The engineering charts would be for typical use. Offices, shops,
> would turn their lights on and off every day.
In "Philips Lighting, Guide to Fluorescent Lamps" There is a graph
that shows average life for a variety of different fluorescents
based on burn hours per start. You get almost double the life
expectancy (in thousands of hours) out of a bulb with a 12 hour
burn cycle as one with a 4 hour burn cycle. (This would argue
against the practice of an afternoon "rest" period in terms of
The following is a quote from the same text:
"Longest lamp life and BEST LUMEN MAINTENANCE (emphasis mine) will
be obtained with 1) good voltage, 2) proper auxiliaries, and 30
favorable operating conditions such as are ordinarily encountered
in a well-designed lighting system. If in any installation the
number of lamp failures wxceeds the theoretical number which
should fail according to the formula:
# of failures [hours burned/yr] [# of lamps]
per year Rated lamp life in hours
and this excess persists for an appreciable length of time, it
would be well to look for some unfavorable condition in the
installation or the method of operation which is adversely
affecting lamp life."
I don't know whether the way we operate our lights would be
considered "adverse conditions" or not. Anybody know?
> Subject: Re: algae control
> >From: "Christopher L. Weeks" <c576653 at cclabs_missouri.edu>
> >Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 10:16:33 -0600 (CST)
> >Subject: Re: bacopa v's algae
> >Karen suggested that
> >"the 55g is underplanted and allowing the algae to bloom.
> >"Fill the puppy with plants and vary the lighting only if you
> >to for the particular plants you select.
> >Anyone agree or disagree?"
No I didn't.<g> That _could_ be the problem, but 1. I didn't
respond to this post, and 2. I don't remember that Christopher
told us how densely (or with what types of plants) his tank was
> While I do not necessarily disagree, I do not think this approac
> usually reduce the stubborn kinds of algae that Christopher has.
> eliminating some needed nutrients from the water column by addin
> plants or accelerating their growth with more light and CO2 can
> reduce algae. The varieties mentioned, however, tend to be more
The reason I _didn't respond to the post is that I've seen people
really struggle with this type of algae for long periods of time.
I haven't heard a sure-fire fix for the problem, but it _does_
seem to go away if people are persistent enough and diligent
enough. (Or maybe it would go away eventually anyway!<VBG>)
> BTW, does anyone know what aquarium book, if any, uses the term
> algae. I assume this is the branching Pithophora.
George's book does.<g> I don't off hand remember seeing it
elsewhere, but I haven't looked for it either.
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