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Old 08-06-2003, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have both a 60 gallon and 10 gallon tank and have just bought timers for the lights. I have three sepearate lights, a 110 and two 20 watt lights and have it set up where each come on in separate times so that it imitates the sun rising and falling.

I have to suggest that if you own a tank even if it doesn't have plants in it to get a light timer for it. They are relatively inexpensive, at walmart by the light switches for a two prong outlet are as cheap as 4.50. The three prong are about 7.50. I used to have to worry about getting home to make sure I don't over extend the lighting period for my plants. Not anymore. No questions here, just wanted to help suggest this to anybody in my situation.
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I have both a 60 gallon and 10 gallon tank and have just bought timers for the lights. I have three sepearate lights, a 110 and two 20 watt lights and have it set up where each come on in separate times so that it imitates the sun rising and falling.

I have to suggest that if you own a tank even if it doesn't have plants in it to get a light timer for it. They are relatively inexpensive, at walmart by the light switches for a two prong outlet are as cheap as 4.50. The three prong are about 7.50. I used to have to worry about getting home to make sure I don't over extend the lighting period for my plants. Not anymore. No questions here, just wanted to help suggest this to anybody in my situation.
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Thanks Hit....

I am doing the same!

Mike

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Home Depot carries a digital timer that I really like (around $20). You can set each day to be different, or in my case Mon-Fri lights come on at 7:30 and off at 6:00. Sat adn Sun lights come on at 8:00 and off at 7. The timer also has a back up battery if the power goes out. I have also seen this timer on teh web, but for several dollars more.

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Yes, i've heard about the digital but I needed to get a different timer for each light. With three different lights on the 60 and 1 on the 10, that would've ran me 80 bucks, so i stuck with the normal-joe timers. I've also seen a timer multi outlet that uses 4 timed outlets and 4 regular outlets for like 22 bucks at Petsmart and I think a little cheaper at walmart. Anyways, these suckers help take a load off my back.
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My setup is a little like yours. I have 3 digital timers total. Each one operates the main halide for my 120s. One also operates the 2-20L next to the 120. I also use the less expensive timers to operate the secondary halides on my 120s. These lights come on at a staggered time comared to the primary light. So far this has worked for me adn it also has cut down a lot of algae.

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