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What to do with my aquarium over the weekend???

Ok so as you know i have a 10 gallon with a good amount of plants in it. I also have 3 fish in there. I am going home from college for the weekend. Im leaving friday afternoon, and coming back Sunday afternoon. I know that the fish can go the weekend without as they are overfed already.
What do i do with the plants over the weekend? do i leave the light on constantly or do i leave them off. i am a broke college student so i haven't bought a timer yet. Will my plants be okay with no light? or constant light? i guess i could probably have someone turn them on/off for me but everyone is leaving and the people who are staying, i wouldn't trust them with free access to my room

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I had the same problem one weekend. This is my first planted tank, so I am not going to suggest anything. But I left mine off. When I got back, I went to home depot and got a timer for $4. They are a lot cheaper than I thought they would be. I would highly suggest getting one.
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+1 on the timer. Wouldn't be able to have a tank at work without one.
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A timer is a must have in my opinion.

Here is one for $6.

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A timer is always a good idea and not that expensive, but honestly unless you have super sensitive plants, leaving the lights off for the weekend will not hurt them. I equate it to a few rainy/cloudy days in a row for non aquarium plants. People often black out there tank for several days just to get rid of algea, or are too busy once in a while to turn the aquarium lights on. It is of course important that your plants get the correct amount of light daily, but leaving the lights off for one weekend shouldn't hurt them IMHO.
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Two days is not a show stopper. You could leave them off as suggested. Likewise you could leave them on. Either way it will mess with the tanks' routine. Heavily planted with 3 fish; the fish can rest in the shade of the plants.
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I don't recommend leaving them on, I would open the shades in your room and just leave them off, the plants will be fine.. If you leave then on you may get algae issues that arnt worth it, if you leave them off you may get rid of some algae..

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In the real world it isn't bright & sunny every day, 3 days will
be fine with the lights off.

Ibacha has a good point about the shades.

Don't go cheap on the timer and burn down the dorm, you don't want to
be "That" guy in the year book.

There's plenty of things to save money on electrical IS NOT one.
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