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Old 04-18-2014, 05:29 PM   #1
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Vacation question

I have a planted 20g tank with low light only plants. I will be gone for three days. I don't have a timer. Lights on or off?

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If you can't get a timer then leave them off
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:51 PM   #3
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Can I hijack this thread since OP question is answered? What if your going to be gone for two weeks? I have 5 tanks, and no one I know keeps fish. Three are planted and only two are on the same power supply, so timer will not work.
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Can I hijack this thread since OP question is answered? What if your going to be gone for two weeks? I have 5 tanks, and no one I know keeps fish. Three are planted and only two are on the same power supply, so timer will not work.

Surge protector + timer won't work?

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Old 04-18-2014, 07:50 PM   #7
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Surge protector + timer won't work?

OP: yup, leaving them off will be fine

THey are too far apart in the house, I wouldn't be able to get them all on one strip Or I would do that!
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THey are too far apart in the house, I wouldn't be able to get them all on one strip Or I would do that!

Ah, shucks. Multiple timers then? You can find them for 3-4 dollars often.
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Ah, shucks. Multiple timers then? You can find them for 3-4 dollars often.
If I found one for $3 I would buy it in a heartbeat! Where do you find such deals?! They sell them for $20 cheapest here
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If I found one for $3 I would buy it in a heartbeat! Where do you find such deals?! They sell them for $20 cheapest here
If your in the US, try Walmart or any home improvement type store in the electrical/lighting section. Non-digital timers run under $5 and are very simple to use. Set it, plug it into any outlet and plug your light into the timer. Digital ones run $15 (on up) but the simple ones work just fine. Just make sure the timer has the appropriate outlet for your light (2 or 3 prong).
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$5 at Home-Depot. Awesome! Hopefully the fish-fund will have enough for two before vacation time arrives. Still have the feeding problem and WC's
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Same here, 5 bucks for timer. Not to worry if your going away for a couple of days, shut the lights off, it might even be good to get rid of some algae.
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Well it will be around 14 days and I'm worried because many of my plants were "almost deads" that came in a 20 gallon I bought, so they have one or two baby leaves and that's all. And though I know fish can go a day or two without food I feel 14 might be too long. Am I correct? And what about water changes? I can do a big one on all before I leave, but I would be going twice as long without doing one during vacation.
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Most fish can easily go 1+ weeks without food (assuming they are not fry). I've gone on vacation for 2+ weeks and just had someone pop in once to feed them a normal amount. I skipped the PWC during this time too as my tanks are heavily planted and not overly stocked. The PWC would depend on the individual tank though.
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No fry, but baby RCS in one tank. none of my tanks are heavily planted, almost all are lightly planted though. They are all slightly understocked IMO
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