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Old 01-10-2013, 09:41 PM   #1
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Office tank - lighting on the weekend?


So my new Fluval Spec V is at home cycling, and I've decided I want a planted shrimp tank at the office. I was setting up a bowl already, but now I've got a 6.6 gallon Fluval Chi, and that is what I'm going to keep shrimp in at the office.

The thing is, it will be locked in my office over the weekend with no one to turn on the light during the day. Since the light is on the same plug as the filter, I can't hook it up to a timer. I'm not interested in changing the lighting or the filter from stock.

Should I get a desk lamp and put that on a timer for the weekends? Or will the tank be fine if I leave the light off until Monday morning? I could also plug the whole thing into a timer just for the weekend (filter would be off 16 hours a day, whenever the light is off).
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I have a spec v the light and filter are on two separate plugs

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My Spec V is at home ... this is Chi 6.6 gallon!
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Get a desk lamp and put it on a timer. The only tank I have that's at the office and has the lights out all weekend just has anubias in it. They grow... ok. Any other plant won't put up with a 48 hour blackout every week.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:21 PM   #5
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Just buy a 10$ 120v timer for the light.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:51 PM   #6
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Why not put a power strip in the outlet then cheap individual mechanical timers
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:55 PM   #7
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The lamp and filter are on the same cord in the Chi I believe.

I second the suggestion of buying a desk lamp and a bulb and putting that on a timer.
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Yes, Conrad is right - the Chi only has one power cord. That's why I asked the question.

If I do set this one up at the office, I'll have to use a desk lamp on the weekends. Thanks!
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