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First off, hello everyone! My first post here on APC!

I recently set up a low tech, no CO2 46g bowfront tank.

About a week into my fishless cycle, I decided to add a couple plants.

I now have:
1-huge Amazon sword
1-mini amazon sword
1-Scarlet Temple
1-Wisteria
2-Red Ludwigia
1-Java Fern
5-Dwarf Sagittaria

I have 2x39w T5

My question is, should I leave the lights on during the cycle, for the plants? If so, how long should I leave them on each day? A full 12 hours or less during the cycle?
 

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Thanks for all the help so far!

The only reason I don't do a small lights off period in the afternoon, is because taking the lights on and off twice in one day has been proven to cut the life a bulb almost in half. Just want to save a little money. ;)

I have some excel on me now. But should I start using it right away, or should I wait for it to cycle?

Oh, and I'm probably going to start a journal/diary of my tank, if any of you want to pop in and give advice/aquascaping tips now and then.
 

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Ok, thanks!

One more question, I've been cycling for 10 days now at 1ppm ammonia.....still no nitrite.

How long does it usually take to get the initial nitrite spike? I know there are a million variables but....how long did it take for you?
 
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