Not really a laughing matter here, but I've got to snicker at myself.
I purchased a Coralife Aqualight 96w 50/50 on Saturday for my 25gal below. I noticed it was generating some excess heat (warmed the water 2 degrees) Saturday afternoon so on Sunday I went back to my LFS for some mounting legs to get it off the glass and bought a timer (set it up for 12 hour light & darkness).
Well, last night I got home from work after a wonderfully stressful day and checked on my tank. The ATI stick on thermometer was pegged at 84F, as high as it goes. :cry: I know drastic temp changes are a bad thing but my Botia Dario's looked really bad so I put a few ice cubes in there after I turned the light off.
I got the temp down to about 81F and my Dario's became active again. The rest of the fish didn't seem to mind the heat so much, but it was surely too high.
So, I went and actually did the calculations for my tank. Turns out I'm pushing 3.86 watts per gallon. :shock:
I've set my timer to run a shorter day for the moment.