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Question Time switch for feeding

I'm searching for something that wil shut me pumps off for only 10 minutes.
Until feeding is over and then kicks back in automatically.
I've heard about it and seen it once somewhere but no idea what it was called.
Now I need one myself, helps a lot with the hassle of unplugging and plugging back in after every life feeding.
I feed baby brine shrimps to me fry mainly and once in a while to me grown ups.
But I don't want them to get stuck in me filter so...

Anyone has a idea of how a device like this is called? or how it can be made?

(Just like, click the button and power shuts off for 10 / 20 mins then kicks back in)

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I'm sure there are plenty more out there, but this is what I'm using on a lot of my household stuff now.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ie=UTF8&psc=1#


It does automatic scheduling as well as having an adjustable countdown timer you can program to either turn on or off an appliance. I have one on each aquarium for the lights set on a schedule and one on the canister filter on the 75 gallon so that I can turn it off for feeding/maintenance and it will turn itself back on when it hits my set interval. I've not explored the power tracking feature, but if that interests you it's built in as well.
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I'm searching for something that wil shut me pumps off for only 10 minutes.
Until feeding is over and then kicks back in automatically.
I've heard about it and seen it once somewhere but no idea what it was called.
Now I need one myself, helps a lot with the hassle of unplugging and plugging back in after every life feeding.
I feed baby brine shrimps to me fry mainly and once in a while to me grown ups.
But I don't want them to get stuck in me filter so...

Anyone has a idea of how a device like this is called? or how it can be made?

(Just like, click the button and power shuts off for 10 / 20 mins then kicks back in)

This will do what you want down to the minute. Dual outlets too.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I'm sure there are plenty more out there, but this is what I'm using on a lot of my household stuff now.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ie=UTF8&psc=1#


It does automatic scheduling as well as having an adjustable countdown timer you can program to either turn on or off an appliance. I have one on each aquarium for the lights set on a schedule and one on the canister filter on the 75 gallon so that I can turn it off for feeding/maintenance and it will turn itself back on when it hits my set interval. I've not explored the power tracking feature, but if that interests you it's built in as well.
Shame it is a smart plug, got even me wifi off on me router so that is a no go.

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I'm searching for something that wil shut me pumps off for only 10 minutes.
Until feeding is over and then kicks back in automatically.
I've heard about it and seen it once somewhere but no idea what it was called.
Now I need one myself, helps a lot with the hassle of unplugging and plugging back in after every life feeding.
I feed baby brine shrimps to me fry mainly and once in a while to me grown ups.
But I don't want them to get stuck in me filter so...

Anyone has a idea of how a device like this is called? or how it can be made?

(Just like, click the button and power shuts off for 10 / 20 mins then kicks back in)
It's not automatic or fancy, but if you have an old manual appliance timer laying around then you can put an ON/OFF switch on your pump. Most(if not all) timers have a switch on the side to toggle between "ON" and "TIMER" modes. Just set the timer to be always off and run your pump with the "ON" setting. Now you can hit a switch to turn off/on instead of unplugging and replugging
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I've often wondering about using the wall mounted bathroom fan timer switches for this.
Like either of these below, but with the wires attached in reverse. So the normal state is "on" and when you activate the timer it turns off (instead of on), then resumes it's normal "on" state after the countdown.
Any electricians know if this would work? If the button style panel uses a digital countdown that is powered by the current passing through the switch, maybe it won't work, but if the dial timer operates on a spring, it should. No?
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Totally, I just wouldn't know how to wire it, but that concept is doable. I can't find it now, but remember somebody on another forum using a similar dial type timer mounted on their reef tank cabinet. The guy would turn it to kill the pumps while he spot fed his SPS corals

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The Jebao DC pumps have this feature.

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