Finally Using Timers
Recent lighting changes to 3 of my tanks have made it possible for me to start using timers. The old lights had starters / ballasts that weren't compatible with timers. Due to my schedule, it was pretty much impossible to maintain a standard schedule and my plants and tanks were suffering. The change since adding the timers has been dramatic. The plants are much healthier and algae is minimal. I use simple GE models that cost only $6.95 at The Home Depot. For those of you finding it difficult to maintain a consistent lighting schedule, I strongly recommend the use of timers. I have found them to be every bit as important as the lights themselves.
Welcome to the light, pun intended ;)
It does make things nice and easy doesn't it
Hey, that's great Fish Monger!. A very small investment for the results you got. Timers make changing the photoperiod so easy too, if you need to do that, and you can set the lights to come on when you're not there. I set mine to go on at 10am and go off at 6pm for the algae, but I'm still trying to balance the tank so the photoperiod is short. So far at that photoperiod the algae is gone.
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