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afoshee 02-09-2009 10:15 AM

Light question
Was looking for input on my tank light. I usally keep it on 8-10 hrs a day. I am going away for 8 days this week. Should I put the light on a timer, or leave it off.

WisFish 02-09-2009 11:12 AM


JohnnyD44 02-10-2009 08:59 AM

definetly put it on a timer!

syrinx 02-10-2009 09:27 PM

Maybe I'm just lazy, but I think timers are the best thing to happen to aquarium lighting since electricity. I wouldn't have a tank without one. And the fish seem to appreciate the consistant day/night cycle.

Tyyrlym 02-11-2009 07:27 AM

Agreed, I bought two $5 mechanical timers from Target. Some of the best money I've ever spent on my aquariums. No more forgetting to turn the light on or turn it off at the right time, it automatically comes on and turns off just when I want it to. Even works when I'm not home. I'd say everyone should get a timer for their lights.

aspects 02-11-2009 10:06 AM

inless your tank had access to direct sunlight (which would cause you all other sorts of problems), you will want to have the light on at some point. not all fish like to live in alaska. a timer is a cheap and simple solution to your lighting quandry

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