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post #1 of 13 Old 07-12-2013, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
Going out of town for 48 hours. Leave light ON or OFF?

I am leaving out of town from Friday night until Sunday night. I have a bunch of live plants and a fully stocked 29 gallon tank. Should I leave the light on or off for the 48 hours?
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-12-2013, 01:15 PM
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I would purchase an inexpensive timer and maintain your current light schedule.

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post #3 of 13 Old 07-12-2013, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
i will look into them if they are cheap.
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-12-2013, 01:20 PM
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If you don't go with a timer, I would say off. No dark period apparently can stress the fish... they can't close their eyes to block it out.

Timer is the best option though.

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post #5 of 13 Old 07-12-2013, 01:26 PM
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Agree with the above, a timer is s great investment. You can pick up a digital timer at home depot for abouf $15. If you do not pick up the timer before going than leave the lights off for the couple of days that you are out of town. Leaving the lights on for that amount of time could set you up for having problems with an algae outbreak.
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post #6 of 13 Old 07-12-2013, 02:08 PM
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You can get cheap timers for around $5
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-12-2013, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
i just bought the only one that Petco had. It was $20, not digital. We'll see how it goes.
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post #8 of 13 Old 07-12-2013, 02:44 PM
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Glad you found one - though I will say that I try to avoid shopping at pet stores for anything other than food and livestock, because you can generally find everything else you need at other stores and without the "pet" label on them the price is generally way lower (as in 50-75% less) - things like electrical, bulbs, timers, substrate, rock/wood decor pieces, materiel for building stands, etc.
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-12-2013, 07:30 PM
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The timer is a good idea! Or leave them off. I think algae that will grow covering all the plants would be worse than giving them 48 hours of light!

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post #10 of 13 Old 07-13-2013, 01:08 AM
Timers are the way to go. Makes one less thing you hafta worry about daily. Hate you paid so much for it though. I got one off amazon for $6.

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