3 years lights off vs 3 years lights on

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    Well this right here is a perfect experiment keep one tank lights of for 3 years don’t turn them on and then the other tank keep them lights on for 3 years do not attempt to turn them off !!! this is my other tank measuring at 1.3m x 600 x 600 I build the hood and cabinet I left for jhb 3 years ago leaving the tanks in the care of my mother who thought it was interesting cleaning this tank’s glass with a pot scrubbing thing the glass is so bad you can hardly see through it and the lights where left on for 3 years well for a tank that has been in constant day light for 3 years it don’t look to bad since it has a few corals in it on weekends I learned that the window was left open so the nice sun light can lit up the tank I wanted to sell these tanks 3 years ago but my mother loved the tanks so mutch I thought I left them in her care and she did not do a bad job besides for the glass scratching thing oh and the lights on for 3 years well we have to love our mothers specially when we get older the tank has 6 globes 2 blue and the rest globes with little red spectrum just the way I like it and they got replaced once a year well I used to replace them every 6 months before I left for jhb I think if you leave them on for 24 hour days they can maybe be replaced every 3 months well the tank is covered in a hard bristle like green moss algae whatever you prefer the corals are nice and open the tank hade its weekly water change thanks to my brother in law it is a mess really looking forward in bringing it back to live 4234754d681a9841.jpg
     
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    Can you get auto timers in SA?
     
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    Only wind-up ones.
     
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    hek you can even get them in Zim, ok you will pay a couple of million for them but still available.:)
     
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    Just a thought:)
     
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    i got a digital from andrew works pretty well or at least I think so cant figure out all the buttons lol
     
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    i got this timer well it has not been connected for a few years but i am sure it works 4234755398bda0ac.jpg
     
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    You might want to try it on something you don't mind blowing up before you wire it up to your tank lights.
     
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    i just did it stil works i just did a water change on the tank so i will place a pic a little later to show some of the corals after 3 years of constant light supplie
     
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    well here is some corals in the tank it looks very hazy because of the glass that has been sanpapered with steel wool for 3 years 42347554b02f2f0a.jpg
     
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    so yea the tank is in pretty bad shape from having the lights on so bad i need to reace the front glass and if anyone has any idea as what to do to get it back into shape 42347554ccf47795.jpg
     
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    the water is a little cloudy now because i sucked up all the shingle that was at the bottom of the tank i want to replace it with live sand
     
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    Do I understand you correctly in that the lights have been on 24/7 for 3 years, no waterchanges for 3 years and no protein skimmer for 3 years?
     

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