What To Do About Lighting While I'm On Vacation

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by raphael_m, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. raphael_m

    raphael_m New Member Member

    I'm leaving town for 14 days on vacation. I'm not sure what to do about lighting while I'm gone. I don't have a timer for my light and I don't want to leave my fish without light for that long of a period. I do have a fluorescent light on the ceiling above my tank. It's an old light and its not very bright. There's plenty of places for my fish to hide in the tank that would provide it with some "dark time." Would it be ok to leave that on for the entire time?
  2. Fashooga

    Fashooga Fishlore VIP Member

    Get a timer.
  3. jmaldo

    jmaldo Well Known Member Member

    Agree, Timer. Very inexpensive. Less than $10
  4. KimberlyG

    KimberlyG Fishlore VIP Member

    Left for 15 days. Fish were only fed twice during that period, (not the original plan, but probably worked out better in the long run) Lights were never turned on.
    Not one loss in 10 tanks.
  5. sfsamm

    sfsamm Well Known Member Member

    I leave a curtain in the room cracked a bit when I leave town.... Not much light obviously but just enough to tell night and day. Done it for years, never had issues.
  6. OP

    raphael_m New Member Member

    Great, thanks for the input everybody. I appreciate it.
  7. Cori Elizabeth

    Cori Elizabeth Well Known Member Member

    When I'm leaving for an amount of time, which I do quite often, I open my windows and let natural light in, then turn off my tank lights and leave them.

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