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What are your favorite timers?

Need to get something today: setting up my first planted tank tomorrow. Also, I'd prefer something I can set different stretches of time for (i.e. 3-4 hours on, couple of hours off, 3-4 hours on daily) so I can maximize the lights on time while I'm actually to appreciate it. Does that make sense?
 

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Yes, I've heard people on this forum do that. I'm not sure how many hours off in between you can do, though, would more than one or two hours off in between be harmful to the plants? Hopefully someone else will chime in on that.

My light is on a timer, and I've thought about splitting the time the light is on. I used to have the light on for 8 hours a day, but I shortened it to 7 hours, which seems to be working better - I have less algae, and my floating plants aren't turning pale.

Oh, and this is the timer I use. It works great, it doesn't tick and click like the mechanical timers, and it has a daylight savings time button!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005WQIDHY/ref=yo_ii_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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You can absolutely do what you want to do; some hours off some hours on. Most of my timers are set from 10am-8pm straight. Some of my smaller tanks are on for 4 hours in the morning, off for 6 and then on for 4 more at night when I'm home. It doesn't hurt the plants at all and just acts like a cloudy day really, you may not experience as much growth but they stay healthy. The important part is to have them on for a minimum of 6 hours daily.

I use timers from Wal-Mart
This one is great, I can't find the other one I use but it has two outlets and is like 8 bucks or something. http://www.walmart.com/ip/GE-15152-...Mechanical-Timer-with-1-Outlet-White/45910824
 
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I do 5 hours on, 4 off, 1.5, and in another room 1 hour on, 3 off, 5 on for various tanks-timer based on when me and my husband are more likely to be in those rooms + feeding times.

I get my light timers from homedepot.
1 outlet 2 prong timer $4
http://www.homedepot.com/p/24-Hour-Plug-In-Basic-Timer-15119/100685881
2 outlet 3 prong light timer $10
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Defiant-...echanical-Timer-with-2-Outlet-49807/203677447

I have.. 7-8 timers for the various tanks in the house.. no 9 forgot the black worm culture with floaters.
Btw also get a surge suppressor, always good to have-keeps equipment from getting fried.
 

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Thanks everyone for the responses! Off to Home Depot (closest and quickest option) in a little bit. My plants arrive tomorrow, so I will be setting everything up, then looking for my betta companion. I really connected (never thought I'd say that about a fish) with one I saw at a LFS an hour away this weekend, so am hoping he's still available.
 
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