Room lights on a timer? LoL What spoiled fish we have.
I'm surprised your CFL (compact florescent) light can raise your water temperature. Do you have enough ventilation in your hood?
And, yes, there are grades of acrylic from cheap lower density to expensive scratch-resistant stuff. Guess which Petco uses.
FYI, my 2.5g mini BT that I used to have has a slight crack at the bottom circular seam where I think the acrylic mold injection point was. You may want to check for any seams, etc for stress fractures.
I got a timer for $5 at Home Depot, did not get a chance to figure our how to use it.
Ok so, digging up an old thread here... Typed it all put and isn't realize I had to check a box because it's old so I lost it. Anyway long story short my hood light goes off and on by itself, makes me feel not safe after reading stories of it melting and such. I've got plants in there, so I've been trying to run it as much as I can and unplug when I leave. Did those of you who had this issue find a remedy? Is it the bulb or is it that little starter box/tube thingy that's the issue or the actual hood itself? My filter also came leaking through where it connects to the power cord, but I didn't notice until I had already set up my tank and now I don't want to return the whole thing since its set up, and they won't replace the part(probably though I have a request in). I really like the dimensions for the bettas, just unhappy with the extras.
for you guys who are having trouble with the light on the petco tank, try repositioning the starter (little cylindrical insert), it's usually the culprit. When the starter is loose, the light goes out .... mine is on for 12 hours a day with no problems, I thought the light it came with was too dim and changed it out for another.
Thanks for the tip. Could it be that my starter is over heating or something (I don't know how it works, so I don't even know if that's a thing)? Because I made sure my starter was firmly locked into the tightest spot, and it was working (but it had been unplugged for a while before), but then turned off after maybe two hours (longer of times it has stayed on) and I checked and the starter wasn't moved at all, and fiddling with it did nothing. Later, back on. Is the starter something easily replaced, or does this sound like a wiring issue elsewhere?
Guess I'll be looking for a new starter then! Or maybe just scrap the lighted hood all together and get a clip on or desk lamp that can support a 6500k bulb for my plants. Whatever ends up being easiest! Haha
And yes I've pretty much only been using the plug because it just turns itself off and on, so once I see it's turned itself off I generally unplug it for a while, and plug it back in later. If I leave it plugged in it will turn on on its own without me hitting the switch myself anyway. I think its starting to bother (as of yet unnamed) fishy at this point too.
Thanks for the help!