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Emergency advice needed!

I'm leaving at 5 today and coming back tues afternoon. Should I leave the lights off or on? It's kind of near a window, but just a bit of light. I'm scared of the plants dying from lack of light (microsword most importantly), but what if the fish get confused, or the lightbulb overheats? Pls reply, I'm leaving in 10 min!
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Get a $5.00 timer real quick. It will help.

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I have no idea where to get one In Chinatown, I just found out we were leaving yesterday so... Plus I have to pack still.
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Sadly it would all depend on the type of plants. Is someone going to feed the fish? maybe they could turn lights on and off?

I don't think it would hurt to leave the lights on then. But you may come back to a tank full of algae.

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leave light off.. plants ARE MUCH LESS active at night. will not require as much nutrients and will not grow. they will not die off. having lights on means the plants will need fertilization and care while ur gone

the little light from the window should suffice

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Anyone? Lights on or off? It's a bit late for timers now. :/ still packing and only have 10 min.
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Well I found a tiny lamp with the UV filter removed, it makes it much dimmer, but it has heated up a lot already. :/
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Careful with a hot light if no one will be there. I agree that the plants will be fine without it..
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leave light off.. plants ARE MUCH LESS active at night. will not require as much nutrients and will not grow. they will not die off. having lights on means the plants will need fertilization and care while ur gone

the little light from the window should suffice
Thanks! I don't fertilize anyway. But that was a major doh for me! Plants don't need light at night! sorry guys! I'm so dumb...
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Sadly it would all depend on the type of plants. Is someone going to feed the fish? maybe they could turn lights on and off?

I don't think it would hurt to leave the lights on then. But you may come back to a tank full of algae.
They will be fine with no food. Bettas can survive for a long time healthily with no food. My CPD's rarely get fed since they can barely find anything I drop in, but they remain healthy. I left a piece of blanched carrot for the oto and other fish to nibble on.
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Lights off, no question.


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