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post #1 of 11 Old 01-04-2008, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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is my work schedule hurting my fish (in terms of lighting)

I have a 10g freshwater established for a year and now just got a 46g bow front for salt water that isn't set up yet. I work a strange work schedule as a tennis instructor where I normally work from 2-10pm. Usually I would come home and turn on my tank lights for a couple hours before bed so I could watch them and I figured they would like the more intense light than they get in the day which is only partial. Is this bad for my freshwater fish and future saltwater fish? Am I disrupting their sleeping habits?
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-04-2008, 02:24 AM
Use timers. They are relatively inexpensive.
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-04-2008, 06:25 PM
Um yeah a $6 timer works wonders.

The fish themselves, unless they are for breeding, probably don't care either way. If there was a stronger predator fish in the tank that could intimidate smaller fish, then it could be a problem for their safety.
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-04-2008, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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this a fish specific timer or one you can buy anywhere there are lights?
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-05-2008, 12:29 PM
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Any store that sells light/electrical equipment will have them. They do make timer power strips for tanks with multiple types of lights to go on and off and different times of the day but all but one of my tanks has a cheep 5-6 dollar timer from home depot and they work great. Just think never have to mess with turning lights on and off again.
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-05-2008, 06:52 PM
HDepot, Lowes, Walmart, Ace.... all of them sell a simple timer for about $6. Fish shops tend to sell similar timers for $40.

This one would be nice as digital timers tend to have a battery back up. If you lose power the timer restarts in the right position.
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...cStoreNum=8125

Here is the heavy duty version of the $6 timer from HDepot. This one includes a ground plug (3 holes) for $10
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...cStoreNum=8125
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-05-2008, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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I got the $6 version at home depot, before seeing this post. Having no patience is a killer...
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-06-2008, 12:02 AM
It's great that you have one now, no matter what type. Let us know in a week as to it has changed your life forever, lol. You'll wonder how you lived without one.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-06-2008, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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what time schedule do you recommend? My tank doesn't get a great deal of light during the day. It's definitely not a direct sunlight or anything close to the brightness of the aquarium lights on top. Right now it is getting dark close 5 pm. Should I set it to go on from 5pm to 7 or something like that? The problem is that I don't get home most nights till after 10 to enjoy any of it and I also don't want to waste too much electricity either.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-06-2008, 09:34 AM
Most will typically run their supplemental lighting, pc, vho, or T5, for 10-12 hours and their halides for 4-8 hours. My set up is 12 hours PC lighting and 4 hours halide. PC comes on around 10:00am, halide comes on around 4:00pm, halide goes off at 8:00pm, PC shuts off at 10:00pm. But that is for a reef tank with a lot of corals. A fish only can have just about any schedule you want.
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