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Old 07-19-2007, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone here use light timers for their tanks and if so, can any of you recommend one to me? I don't quite know what to look for. It would be nice having the tank lights turn on and off by themselves. That way I won't have to worry about forgetting to turn them on.
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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ABSOLUTELY!!!! Pretty much any timer would work, depending on your plug. Whether it's three prong or two prong. I had a cheapo for about 2 years, then splurged on a nice one. You can also find power strips that have timers for multiple plugs. Cheapo's work just as well.
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Yup, pretty much any timer will do. Check out your hardware stores usually near the lighting department.

Manual timers are cheap ($5). Digital timers are a little more expensive ($7-12). Both do the same thing. Make sure you get a timer that is grounded (3-prongs).

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These are what I use. Makes life so much simpler.

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I use whatever's on sale. I have lots of these things and they all seem to work unlike when I was a kid and they failed after a year or so. I use the cheap mechanical ones. I tried a digital one and it failed after a few months.
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Oh crap! I had posted this in the wrong forum!

Thank you for all of the suggestions! I'll start looking around some hardware stores for them. This will definitely make things a lot easier. I'll look for the two prong timers since all of the electrical outlets in my room only have two prongs.

I hope that made sense.
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I have always used the cheap plug in the wall manual timers, then I bought one of the Coralife digital power centers. These are great because they are silent (the mechanical timers make a motor running sound? especially as they get older), and even when the digital turns on and off you can barely hear the click. You can set them to precise times whereas the manual ones you just kind of get close. They have a battery back-up in case of power failure. And they have the extra plugs for filters, heaters, etc. They even have night time outlets if you are running moon lights. Drs. Foster and Smith have them on sale for $24.64 right now, or you can do what I did and take the Drs. Foster and Smith catalogue into Petsmart and have them match the price.
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I too have the unit that evercl92 has a pointer too. It's really cool in that the yellow and blue are the reverse of each other. So after the lights go out, the moon lights go on.

Nice to know that Petsmart will match prices...pity I didn't know that sooner. :-/
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I use the Marineland analog timers and the coralife timer strips.
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