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Automation?

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by Gerryd, May 18, 2011.

  1. Gerryd

    Gerryd Plant Guru Team
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    Hi all,

    I went away for 4 days recently and asked a neighbor to help care for the cats. When I returned they mentioned that

    'I saw the tank lights were off so I turned them on for you'

    this of course meant they were ON for 24/7 since the time they did it and they told me about it :)

    Of course this did NOT help with my BBA issue lol

    So, I remember telling them before I left that the tank was fully automated and they did not have to do anything with the tank.

    I should have been more explicit about the lights and timers..

    Will know for next time. They meant well and that is the bigger lesson..

    Later!
     
  2. Tom Barr

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    Hire better help and pay them well.

    College kids are good. They are poor and worried enough to get an easy job that pays well.
     
  3. Gerryd

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    Person selected is a local nursing student at FAU and was paid very well.....

    I will try one of the other local apts, as they are filled with college kids...
     
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    College kids and $$.............you can ask around and see, most are fairly responsible if $$ is involved, get the nerdy ones.........or the ones desperate for $$.

    CL's ad might work..........or the Campus bullitins.
     
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    Hi Gerryd, sorry to hear about your lighting issue.

    I can relate, I was gone for a week recently and my fiance' called me saying the fish were at the top. So I asked her to turn on the airstone and turn down the CO2 slightly. When I got back the CO2 was WAY down, barely a bubble every 2 seconds. Needless to say many plants stunted, some withered away. I made the mistake of mentioning it was down way too far before giving her a hug and saying it was nice to see her, that was a big no no. woops...

    So plants I was planning on using in a rescape need some recovery time before beating up on them. Luckily my light was low or else it would have been a disaster. I need to increase it, i reduced it, but glosso is growing upwards, of course that could be CO2 too right?
     
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