My first step in automating our Spec V aquarium was to add a Leviton timer to control the light on/off cycles. It worked well, but I started to wish for something easier to adjust / program. Also, I wanted a way to easily turn off and on the pump and foresaw a future need to control a CO2 solenoid. An aquarium automation system (like the Neptune Apex Jr.) would have worked, but a solution more in line with our budget and needs turned out to be Smart Plugs.
It’s a little overdue, but here is the Spec V aquarium journal for 2017. It’s a little monotonous for reading, but for those interested, it sheds some light on maintenance schedule . It will give you an idea of maintenance, changes that I’ve made, etc.
When I started my first stint at fishkeeping at 8 years old (80’s), nobody told me how to fishless cycle my aquarium, or about the beneficial bacteria in an established aquarium. About all I knew was that I needed to dechlorinate the water. Despite my ignorance, the fish
If you are interested in the daily in’s and out’s of keeping an aquarium, here is the journal I have kept