Review: Mingdak Digital Aquarium Ramp Timer

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-We have a 29 gallon Top Fin® Essentials Aquarium Starter Kit.
-We wanted a moon light
-We have cats

I looked at countless combinations of hoods, glass tops, lights and controllers.
Nothing made me happy because they would either need to be modified or leave a gap.
You see... the stupid Top Fin 29 gallon is an oddball size. No versa top fits directly.
Not even the dang Top Fin glass flip top that they sell 5 feet from the kit fits!

I also like the idea of a black top because the cats can't see through it.
So they don't bother getting on top pf the aquarium (cats on top means hair in filter).

So I got this controller for $12.99.


Pros:
-Plugged right in to my Top Fin hood.
-Allows you to do some custom programming for 5 light adjustments per day.
--(You can do a 6th adjustment... but the 6th has to be a period of "off")

Cons:
-Programming is awkward and you have to be fast.
-NO battery backup for current time.

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Install is easy.
Programming took some getting used to and do note it uses a 24 hour clock.
You can adjust the times the light level changes and to what level of light form 0-100.

Note that they call the time periods L-01, L-02, L-03, etc.
This is not to be confused withe the light levels...L1, L10, L50, L100, etc.
Would make more sense to have called them P-01, P-02 or used any letter other than "L".

My initial setup:
L-01: 0600/6AM - 30
L-02: 0700/7AM - 60
L-03: 0800/8AM - 100
L-04: 2100/9PM - 60
L-05: 2200/10PM -1
L-06: Disabled

I set mine up to be super low light (Moon Light) all night and disabled the "LOFF" (6th) period.

I would LOVE this if it had a battery backup and if the 6th period was adjustable instead of forcing it to be an "off" period.
 

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