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So, I woke up in the middle of the night... (Tank & BBA related)

Crazy thing happened last night. So, a little back story... I recently got my tank upgraded to pressurized CO2 and all has been going well. But I got some new timers last week and I had noticed over the last few days I was getting a little outbreak (nothing major but had to clip some leaves) of BBA.

So, fast forward to last night... I wake up at about 3am for no apparent reason, and had my eyes open for a minute tops. I suddenly notice a bit more light than usual coming from my living room, I thought for a second it was just my screensaver on my office computer, but the light stayed constant.

Low and behold, I get up and find my aquarium light on full-blast. I look under the cabinet, and it turns out that when setting some new stuff up, I apparently had pressed several notches on my light timer that was causing them to come on in the middle of the night without my knowledge!

Whew, glad I saw it... I am leaving for vacation tomorrow for 11 days! Fixing that should help my BBA problem a little bit
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That would of been a disaster if you didn't catch it... haha you got lucky there mate...

I've had that happen to me when I was playing with my new timers, It was tricky and after a few misfires I got it working the way I wanted it to be


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11 days with a screwed up light cycle... Ugh algae farm galore


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You just gave me nightmares. I have enough problems keeping the stuff in check anyway. Ugggg.

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how important is to have a controlled light cycle?
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I am not 100% sure with aquatic plants but I know that proper life cycle controls balance and in the plants they need to have "sleep" just like we do, no co2 is absorbed, the level of everything goes down, then repeats. No cycle, no equilibrium. Also if you have too long of a light cycle you can get algae growth.

As for controlled you dont HAVE to have a timer, but in this hobby, that's a cheap addition that does a lot and guarantees the lights go out when they need to. I could prolly round one up for $20 or so here.


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I'd think it's fairly important to most plants to get a good rest too, I love the way they look at night all closed up and pointed straight up.


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