You could use those cheap remotely switched outlet adaptors for things like that. We use them for Christmas lights where the alternative is bending down behind the sofa to unplug them every night. You can get grounded (3 prong) ones. Local hardware store will have a few - choose one where the remote unit battery isn't some weird size.I'm going to look at other options for easily turning off the pumps for feeding (other than having to crouch down and unplug them from the power strip - my lower back does not like me doing that on the daily).
Thank you! I'll look into that link and see if there are any 2 outlet ones available.You could use those cheap remotely switched outlet adaptors for things like that. We use them for Christmas lights where the alternative is bending down behind the sofa to unplug them every night. You can get grounded (3 prong) ones. Local hardware store will have a few - choose one where the remote unit battery isn't some weird size.
Really sad to hear about your clown, but glad the goby figured it out!
EDIT: here's one:
I got a good visual of you opening your cabinet door. lol I would like to be able to shut off both pumps at feeding time to make it easier for the goby to catch food. Being able to easily shut off pumps, filter and skimmer during water changes would be a bonus. I'm going to plead the fifth on the GFI question. I may have read somewhere that having your tank's life support tied to a GFI outlet is not ideal and that outlet may have been added after final inspection. Maybe. Can't say for sure....Heh good luck. Mine is "tidy" in the macro sense (can't see any cord clutter in the room) but when you open the door of the unit I have the stand on, all the cables jump out like snakes on the last day of school.
Re: two outlet - you could put a two way adapter on the single outlet remote, as long as you only want to shut off both pumps together.
You have all this on a GFI right? Like, even more so than normal as it's in your bathroom!
Hehe. Well, it isn't ideal, they do trip on their own sometimes (because witchcraft?) I decided I'd rather chill a fish than fry myself so I use one. Of course as your outlet was added (even though you can't say for sure) I expect you're all safe so this is just for anyone else reading: you don't strictly need to wire in a GFI outlet: you can use a little GFI extension cord (like $30) to which you connect your power strip for the in-tank stuff. Mind you I'm no saint as I don't even have a grounding probe yet (what stops the metal from leaching?!)I may have read somewhere that having your tank's life support tied to a GFI outlet is not ideal and that outlet may have been added after final inspection.
For sure! As a side note, the entire addition is on a separate breaker from the rest of the house and the breaker box has an arc fault circuit interrupter. Hopefully that will avoid any frying.I decided I'd rather chill a fish than fry myself so I use one.
The light hanger is made with forged metal plant hangers and it could hold a shelf, but we have 3 cats. One of them is into EVERYTHING and a shelf over the tank would be a major temptation to him. However, I'm sure we could rig up something he couldn't get into or on top of if we want to do a gravity fed ATO. That's something I can talk to my husband about. It's always good to throw out ideas and see what sticks.So on the ATO, just throwing out an idea that might be good for you and your husband. Not sure what your light hanger is made of but could it hold a shelf? If so you could go gravity fed ato. They are not fail proof but are very reliable since there is no dependence on pumps and electronic sensors. you could have the container on the shelf ran to a float attached to the tank. Just a thought.
Sorry to hear about your fish death. I lost a Lawnmower Blenny this week, too.I hate fish deaths, but especially hate unexplained fish deaths. Last night I lost my favorite, the orbiculate cardinal. He had eaten well the night before and swam out to say Hi yesterday morning while I was getting ready for work. He seemed happy and healthy, so I was shocked to find him dead yesterday evening.
The yellow clown goby and the lawnmower blenny were out and about swimming around and the corals are flourishing. Other than a little cyanobacteria (and the unexplained death), the tank is chugging right along.