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So we all know about simple timers to turn on a fan (or whatever) for 10 minutes (or 20 or 45 or whatever).  but to feed my new nano, I'll want to turn OFF the return pump for several minutes and have it automatically turn back on.  of course an Apex would take care of this, but I don't have $250 I'm looking to get rid of, so I'm thinking there must be an easy way to make a simple turn-back-on timer.

 

anyone tried?

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There was just a post around here not to long ago, like a week ago or so about a cheaper alternative (programmable power bar) to the apex, might want to search that. Otherwise apart from manually flipping off an on is the only thing I think your options would be.

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If you can mount it where it is easy to get to you can use a $5 timer from Target and set it to run for 23 hours. Then when you feed, just turn the timer until it clicks off. Then it will click back on in an hour. 

I did that before I had my apex. Had my return pump and my skimmer connected to it. 

 

HTH

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They also make digital timers that time down to seconds. You could have it on for 23hrs 50 mins. But you would likely need to feed the same time each night to make it worth it

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plug the return pump into a powerstrip with an on and off switch, turn it off when you feed, back on when youre done

 

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You could look into lighting modules for turning lights on and off with your cell phone. Those might work. A lot of those modules you just plug the light into them and they control power so it should work with a pump too.

 

 

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If you can mount it where it is easy to get to you can use a $5 timer from Target and set it to run for 23 hours. Then when you feed, just turn the timer until it clicks off. Then it will click back on in an hour. 

 

I did that before I had my apex. Had my return pump and my skimmer connected to it. 

 

HTH

 

Genius!  

 

The key is, we forget to turn stuff back on.  This ensures that never happens.

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I would think an eheim auto feeding and a digital timer would be what you would want. Set up the pump to turn off a few minutes before the feeder and then let it stay off for 10-15 minutes.

 

Maybe feed two small feedings a day. Once when your home and like to see the fish run around and a second time at night when the polyps are out.

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