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  1. I know many people who have tanks also have a houseplant obsession. I somehow kill all indoor plants I've tried, until discovering anthuriums. Either there's too much sun/heat or not enough in my house. So I have been trying to find a good full spectrum clip light to expand my houseplant collection. But it has to be compatible with the kasa smart power strip I have. So far I haven't found one that reviewers say comes back on with an external timer as most of what I saw have built in timers. Ideas? Do you have the magic answer as to where to find one? Or know of one that will turn back on if you don't use the built in timer?
  2. I’m going on an 8 day vacation in a couple days. I have someone coming to feed my fish and I’ll do a water change before I go but I’m worried about my plants. I don’t have an automatic light switch thing and it isn’t really the best option for multiple reasons. Both my tanks are heavily planted and don’t want my plants to die. Could I leave the blue light on? Would that be better so that plants still get some light but my poor fish aren’t stuck in bright lights? Has anyone else had this problem and maybe a possible solution? I might be able to figure something out with the automatic thing but it would be difficult.
  3. A week or two ago I left my filter off all night after feeding my guppies and one was dead in the morning. I'm guessing low o2 played a role in its demise as it was happy looking the night before. Vowing to never forget isn't an option for me because i forget everything, so I got one of these wifi plugs from amazon (link below) and wrote a little service on my PC to check on the plug and turn it back on if its been off for more than two minutes. The wifi plug also has a button on the side so instead of unplugging the filter I just tap the button, feed, and whatever the guppies don't get in 2 min gets pushed down by the filter for the shrimp. Just thought it was a neat trick for those forgetful nerdy nerms out there. (EDIT: see post below for aquarium-co-op store link )
  4. I think I understand some of the benefits of using light siestas and have seen a lot of the programming complexity people get into. I have a Finnex Stingray for my 10 gallon as well as an outlet timer. What methodology do you use (and what variables play into) determining an appropriate on/off cycle?
  5. My two best buddies these days are Siri and Alexa. Alexa! Set a timer for 5 minutes! In my morning routine I pull the air from the baby brine shrimp and start draining water from the baby discus tank. Then I set an alarm using Alexa for 5 minutes. When the first 5 minute alarm goes off, I go back to my utility room where my brine shrimp rack is and do my first harvest. I keep setting alarms until all the water has been changed in my fishroom. If I get blackworms or white worms out of the fridge, I set an alarm. Until I got in the habit of using Alexa and Siri, I would suffocate my brine shrimp due to leaving them without air for an hour. Or even worse, I would overflow a tank during a water change. Knock on wood, but no disasters recently.
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