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Is there a particular reason you want to do it this way instead of buying an off the shelf power timer?
If you have amazon, order one of the timers like this one. I have one for my tank, and it's great! The lighting stays consistent and is one less thing to think about. I regularly am gone on the weekends without feeding, and my fish are all plenty fed. If you're worried, just feed them a bit more than usual on the last day you're there. I would definitely drop a sheet over the tank to keep the dust out.
With EI dosing you want to just dose the water column. They will make their way around the tank. For good measure I pull some of the water out in a cup, dissolve the powders in that water and then just dump it back into the tank. I aim it right for the filter flow so it gets spread around the tank.
Here is the timer I use ($8) Link. You can set as many on-off segments as you'd like. I don't use screens or tops on my tanks.
Fish don't really give off Co2 at all. Especially to the level that your plants need.
Flourish Excel will eliminate the black beard algae if used consistently. You can dose it directly onto the spots that have the algae using a syringe.
Be careful when "super-cleaning" your substrate. You will release large pockets of decaying matter that can dramatically shift the water parameters and temporarily crash your cycle.
I exclusive buy all my plants from Amazon. The fact that the sellers have a reputation to maintain means that if you receive any dead or less-than-desirable plants they will replace them free of charge. When you decide who to buy from, buy multiples from them as the shipping charge will only be charged once (nothing is available on Prime as Amazon isn't about to stock live aquatic plants in their warehouses). My favorites that I have had very good results using are listed below. Aquarium Plants Factory regularly offers buy 2 get 1 free deals which I would recommend. They are the ones who I bought my Repens from:
I would so it on low for 6 hours. If your crockpot doesn't have a timer and you want to start it before work, I suggest getting one that the plug goes into. 8 hours is a long time for veg.
They make digital ones, but you have to reprogram them Everytime you plug it in. Here is a link to a mechanical one. [link]
Heres what I use on my lights and I like that it’s basically just “push each pin down for 15 minute intervals of no-power” instead of needing to program software.
Why not just use a dumb power switch timed to reset (the extender or the doorbell) every night at 3am?
You should consider trying out this light timer :)
I use it for my aquarium lights
BN-LINK 24 Hour Plug-in Mechanical Timer Grounded Aquarium, Grow Light, Hydroponics, Pets, Home, Kitchen, Office, Appliances, UL Listed 125VAC, 60 Hz, 1875W, 15A, 1/2HP (1) [link]
I use this for my aquarium light timer and it works well
They make them with a dial face and you can just push a segment down for whichever block of time you want it to run. Link is 15 minute intervals though
This is a great idea. I do this myself to save money on heating but also not wake up in a freezing bedroom.
Here's the deal- every appliance, heater, toaster, vacuum cleaner, lamp, etc has a load rating. That is the maximum amount of power flow that appliance will ever consume while operating. This is measured in amps of watts. Either one is fine- volts times amps equals watts, and if you're in the USA your voltage is 120. So a 1500 watt heater will use 12.5 amps. Just look at the label on the heater itself- not on the box.
Buy a timer that's rated for that load or more. Here's a nice simple one- rated for 15 amps at 125 volts (1875 watts).
The last time someone asked me that question I had them get a timer
Get a timer. They are pretty cheap and you can schedule the lights to turn on and off. I have always used one to generate a sense of consistency in the timing of the lights. Here's one from Amazon under $10.
For the lights it would probably be easiest find what ever grow lights you want to use to just set them up on a outlet timer like this one
The watering system is harder to do.
How big are the plants?
Do you have an idea of how the plants will be arranged?
Are there any other physical limitations like space or if it has to be mobile?
What is the water source like? A bucket? A garden hose?
Also how much experience do you have doing anything DIY?
Thanks for the suggestion!
I actually went ahead and already ordered this guy since it was highly reviewed, so hopefully it all works out.
Programmatically turn it on/off only, or also be able to toggle it freely remotely? If you only need it to turn on/off at certain times, $8.99
If I were you I'd time how long it takes for your board to reach 85-90% and then get something like this so that it just cuts of the power.
You said you don't trust some brands on Amazon, but I have this light timer and it's working great so far. I've had it plugged in and set up for almost 3 weeks.
Yeah I guess if dollars are a problem, and you can't setup up the router to power-cycle daily, a mechanical timer would work: [link] That one only does 15 minute intervals however. So assuming off at 3AM and back on at 315AM is alright, it will get the job done.
we have this one as well. we've done peaches, apples, beef jerky, etc. but when we bought it the price was lower--maybe $55. sometimes the prices fluctuate on amazon if you can wait for it to drop.
edit: also recommend an outlet timer with it.
You can get mechanical timers that llug into your wall outlet like this, which will automatically turn your lights on and off. As for snails, not all snails are even capable of reproducing in fresh water (like nerite snails, which need brackish water to breed successfully). Be careful though, female nerites will lay eggs all over everything, they just won't hatch into any baby snails.
this is the one that I have and use on my bedside lamp [link]
but the dimming featured alarm clock sounds heavenly
I have the 20-27" NICREW light for my 10 gallon low-tech planted tank and it seems to work well in keeping my plants alive (mostly anubias, amazon swords, and mosses) even though the lighting is on the low side. You MIGHT be able to grow medium light plants with this, but high light plants are a no-no (believe me I tried). Because you have a 20 gallon, go for the 28-36" one. Everything else seems good. Also, you might want to buy an automated timer like this one for your lights [link]. It can be quite tedious trying to turn off and on the lights for your plants each day. Remember plants need around 8 to 12 hours of light per day.
The rock wall looks cool! You can definitely try it out if you have the time. Also try to add some plants first when you cycle, as plants can help speed up the cycling process!
Good luck on your tank :)
And for the other 7.4 billion of us: $8 Plug-in Timer
It’s nasty as fuck. This is exactly what I did. I have a Smarthome, so I turn my on when the cats drop a deuce. If you want to keep it simple, have it run for an hour a day, 4 times a day. Just get a programmable relay with a timer
This is the one that I have.
Still going strong a year later. :)
In the pre internet days, you would buy a mechanical timer that plugs into your outlet and then you plug your whatever into it, set the timer (you could set off times and on times), and it will turn your thing off and on.
these days you can get a wifi smart timer which will do the same thing, but using an app on your mobile device. Manually turn things on off from anywhere, and set timers. I brought up the old school one in case you don't want to deal with installing an app (I don't like that kind of clutter from random companies).
Example of mechanical timer
Example of a wifi timer
Using these will make sure you don't need to go buy a lamp that specifically does this. You can just use your own lamp.
These are the ones I was looking at getting.
I don't think the problem is necessarily in this picture. Based on what I see here, the plumbing design didn't spare any expense. You likely have point of use mixing valves at all your faucets. You can determine this by looking under all your luke-warm-only sinks and see if there are any little brass objects in the plumbing lines. You can also determine this by turning the shower or tub faucet to 100% hot and see if that gives you sufficiently hot water. If the shower does, but the sinks don't, it's point of use mixing valves. If you can't get sufficiently hot water from the faucets or from the shower, then double check the settings on the water heater.
If you can only get luke warm water from any fixture, the problem may be at the water heater. It might still be in vacation mode since it sounds like it may have been recently sitting vacant. You'll find the owner's manual to your heater here.
If the water heater settings appear to be normal then it's possible, but unlikely, that the dip tube has come loose and is floating around inside the heater. The dip tube takes the incoming cold water transfers it into the bottom of the heater. If the dip tube isn't in place, the cold water coming in at the top of the heater doesn't get moved to the bottom of the tank, preventing the cold water from heating up all the way resulting in luke warm water.
Look in the above-ceiling space and follow the conduit from the recirc pump. There should be an aquastat and/or a timer controlling the recirc pump. First confirm that the timer is showing the current time, reset it if needed. Then you will need to program it. The vast majority of pump timers are this style. You will want to make sure the pump is on in the morning during your normal morning routine and off the rest of the time. This is to give you the convenience of immediately hot water from the tap first thing in the morning, but also the high utility bills from having your water heater maintain a huge volume of heated water all day every day.
The next thing you want to do is verify that a one way check valve is present and functioning. This is a little more difficult to do and might require professional assistance. I don't see a check valve in place, but that pump looks like a modern Armstrong unit and they have integral checks built into them. That doesn't mean the installer didn't remove it or that it might not be functioning 100%. The check valve is to keep cold water from creeping backwards into your hot water loop. This is less likely to result in luke warm water, but might be contributing.
I have mine plugged into one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Century-Plug-Mechanical-Timer-Grounded/dp/B00MVFF59S/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=outlet+timer&qid=1594848978&sr=8-8
Ok, here is my build list minus a couple things that I bought locally.
Century 24 Hour Plug-in Mechanical Timer Grounded [link]
ON Smart Solution Household Power Strip-4 Multi Outlets with 4 USB Ports-15.5W Universal (100V~240V) Charging Station-600J Surge Protector Power Bar-6 [link]
Roleadro UFO 138W LED Grow Light for Home Grower [link]
AC Infinity MULTIFAN S5, Quiet Dual 80mm USB Fan for Receiver DVR Playstation Xbox Computer Cabinet Cooling [link]
Plus a roll of black duct tape, roll of reflective ducting tape, and a 3 gallon smart pot
Edit: Oh yeah, and 4 Ace Hardware 5 gallon buckets
Fishless cycle means cycling WITHOUT a fish in the tank :).
Cycles take 4-6 weeks to stabilize regardless of bacteria boosters.
This is a great article about feeding: [link] . It highlights the fact that over-feeding is bad for any animal and it is more a matter of just taking your time and paying attention to the fish while you feed it.
Light timers are amazingly helpful as well. Here is a really cheap and reliable one: [link]. Consistent photoperiods (lights on and off) are not only more natural for your fauna but it makes your life easier too :).
I don't have an app for it, but for $9 I got [this timer](https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MVFF59S/) which I set to charge my phone from from an hour-and-a-half before I wake up, since each morning it was taking me between an hour and an hour-and-a-half to charge my phone.