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light timers and your thoughts ;) thank yew kindly

Hey all I posted a few pictures of my new rearrange .. some plants are a little rough right now because I moved them around a bunch and kinda killed some spots on them. They will be fine. Just wondering what brand light timer I should get. I have a t5ho 48" and a 48" current led plus. What would be the best timer to run both lights and if possible do they make doubles? Like for two lights.. one timer...I dono. Let me know what you use or what you think is the best route I should take Miah is the dog. She loves the camera B)
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Since I don't have one, I'm not familiar/w the aquarium timers but I remember seeing one(a Zoo Med I think) which had more
than one plug in. The more heavy duty one is the more juice it will use in addition to the lights etc which are in it's plug-ins.
If you check the total watts/amps of your lights against what is written on the unit and it's not more than it's rated at, then
Loew's has a three plug adapter for regular light plug-ins so you can run three things on each hole/socket.
I use one of these but my tank is only a ten/w the needs of a ten g tank in Watts so check both the timer and the adapter
for use limits first.
But no doubt someone will come right behind me(I hope) and show you a link to one they use which you can put
8 plugs into.

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Marine Depot sells a dual light timer as do some LFS's. It's made by Current. It's hard to read the website on it, but it looks like it says "current-usa.com"



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They have a timer with two plugs at walmart for like $8. A lot better than the $20 LFSs want for something so simple.
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Timers got a bit smaller the last few years. Home Depot sells them cheap. If you're lights have a 3-prong plug, they may be a little bigger but not much. Those aquarium outlet strips had some issues a while back, so you may want to dig into some current reviews.
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I found a a power strip that has a timer on half the strip so 4 on a timer 4 without. Got it at the local hardware store for $10-$20 can't remember exactly.
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Tork has a pretty nice mechanical timer on amazon that has a splash guard over the face and two outlets. I've used two of them on our tanks.
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I like these.
Defiant Outdoor Mechanical 6-Outlet Yard Stake Timer
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Lots of options with all kinds of bells and whistles.

I bought two from Home depot. One to control my light and another to control my CO2 solenoid.

I think they were 8 dollars each.

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My GE-branded digital one from Home Depot ran my reef refugium light for years, and now runs the light on my freshwater light.

Mechanical ones work too, but they lose track of the time in a power outage.


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I use the 8.00 ones from walmart. While they worked great at first, now after 3 months (I adjusted my light cycle) the timers are off by 30 mins. I have to constantly adjust them. They work, but there are probably better ones out there. I currently have 6 of them running and all 6 have to be retimed at least 1 if not twice a month.
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