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Old 10-03-2012, 04:32 PM   #1 
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Lights on or off when out of town?

I'll be out of town for 6 days. I have someone coming over to feed my betta and apple snail while I'm gone but because of my setup, I can't get a timer for my tank light as it is not independent of my filter and will therefore also turn the filter off all night (Ahhh!). My question is, in an 8 gallon tank, with only one small live plant, a betta and an apple snail, is it safe to leave the lights off during that time?
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:50 PM   #2 
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Maybe have your friend turn it on on day and off the next?
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:52 PM   #3 
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Duh...I just saw that you wrote you couldn't get a timer...are the filter and light both in the lid?
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:41 PM   #4 
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I would leave the light off, depending on the type of plant, You could just have a house light that turns off and on, so the live plant doesn't die.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:42 PM   #5 
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What is the live plant? If it's something like java fern or anubias you can just leave the light off. These are hardy, low-light plants. I had a java fern survive on just ambient light for about 3 months.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:01 PM   #6 
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Thanks for the advice guys! It's just a little java fern and since the room gets plenty of natural light during the day, I think I'll leave the lights off.

Yes, the light is built into the lid. It's a biorb. I KNOW. Don't remind me. When I asked the manufacturer how to get around this flaw, they recommended I buy this hundred dollar timer they sell just for biorbs...
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:28 PM   #7 
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i wouldn't worry about the filter being off at night, unless it's a really small tank. we cut the filters on our bedroom tanks while we sleep because the electrical output creates a lot of static interference on the baby monitor.
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