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Best time for lights?

So currently my mom turns the lights on around 7ish on her way out to work since I leave before 4 most days and I turn them off whenever I get home because shes not home till late most days, the problem is I never know exactly when I'm gonna get home so sometimes I'm back at 4pm other times I wont be back until 9pm, just depends on work. So I'm gonna get a timer and my question is, would it be better to have the light go on in the morning and off around 12-1 or have them go on around 12-1 and off at 10-11? I would like them to be on the second part of the day so I can at least enjoy them after a long crapy day of work (everyday) but if it would be better for the fish to have them on the first part of the day I'll make the sacrifice. Thoughts?

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Mine go on at night. That's when I'm home to enjoy my tank.

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Why don't you just set the timer to be on when you are actually home? I have mines set to turn on at 7pm I get home by 5:30-6pm and like to relax first before I look at the fish tank or do any maintenance (remove floating leaves etc...) and it turns off in the morning around 2-3am so I have a night light when I take a piss.

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I work in construction so I literally never know when I'm gonna be home, I'm on call 24-7 so it comes down to the lights being on when it benefits the fish most. I do have a few live plants in the tank as well

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