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Old 03/22/2018, 10:58 AM   #1
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Can I Put My Pellets On Top Of My Light?

Like the title says, I'd like to put my small jar of NLS pellets on top of my 4 bulb t5 with no active cooling. I would leave them on the front corner of the fixture, defiantly not the middle as that gets the hottest. I have left the jar there for a half hour or so under observation and temp gun'd the bottom at 95F.

Im guessing the answer is no.... but is it possibly ok to leave them there? Would you consider this a fire hazard to be avoided? Would the heat do anything undesirable to the pellets over time?


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Old 03/22/2018, 11:04 AM   #2
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@ that temp. I would move them to a cooler place.


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Old 03/22/2018, 11:05 AM   #3
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I think you'll be ok, although I would look for a different spot to store the pellets. If your worried about heat though I guess you could get a piece of tin foil and place this on top of the light as a makeshift heat sink. Place the jar on top of that.



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Old 03/22/2018, 11:09 AM   #4
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I'm currently keeping them in a closet right next to the tank, so its really no biggie.... just would keep me from opening and closing the closet a few times a day. I've tried a glass coaster on top of the light.... but after a bit of time it heated up to the same temperature, and I was still getting the same 95 on the bottom of the jar.

Looks like I'll probably just keep doing what I'm doing.


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Old 03/22/2018, 11:11 AM   #5
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Get an auto feeder.

Problem solved.


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Old 03/22/2018, 11:14 AM   #6
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Get an auto feeder.

Problem solved.
hahaha yea yea yea lol.... I've got one that i use for vacation etc.... but i guess i just enjoy feeding them myself when I'm here.


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Old 03/22/2018, 11:16 AM   #7
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hahaha yea yea yea lol.... I've got one that i use for vacation etc.... but i guess i just enjoy feeding them myself when I'm here.
Set your smart phone to alarm when the food is getting ready to drop.

Walk in front of tank.

Problem solved again


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Old 03/22/2018, 11:18 AM   #8
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Set your smart phone to alarm when the food is getting ready to drop.

Walk in front of tank.

Problem solved again


Hahahahhaha
hahahaha thats great!! Oh man that's an idea lol..... maybe tell apex to play an audible alarm when its feeding time somehow lol


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Old 03/22/2018, 12:03 PM   #9
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Old 03/22/2018, 02:15 PM   #10
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hahahaha thats great!! Oh man that's an idea lol..... maybe tell apex to play an audible alarm when its feeding time somehow lol
Better yet get the apex auto feeder and push the button to feed yourself.


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Unless your on vacation or something an automatic feeder kind of takes the fun out of a tank IMO. I don't want this robot to feed my tank, I want to make the decision on the spot whether I'll feed Spirulina flakes, NLS pellets, Prime Reef frozen etc. (different reaction) The whole routine is fun, especially after a hard days work.


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Old 03/22/2018, 02:43 PM   #12
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Unless your on vacation or something an automatic feeder kind of takes the fun out of a tank IMO. I don't want this robot to feed my tank, I want to make the decision on the spot whether I'll feed Spirulina flakes, NLS pellets, Prime Reef frozen etc. (different reaction) The whole routine is fun, especially after a hard days work.
I agree. My last two tanks I controlled with an Apex and automated a ton of stuff. After everything was automated, I felt kinda bored to be honest. I like having things to do to my tank besides just look at it. I feel like it keeps me closer and more connected with how things are doing, more engaged.


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Old 03/22/2018, 02:45 PM   #13
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Unless your on vacation or something an automatic feeder kind of takes the fun out of a tank IMO. I don't want this robot to feed my tank, I want to make the decision on the spot whether I'll feed Spirulina flakes, NLS pellets, Prime Reef frozen etc. (different reaction) The whole routine is fun, especially after a hard days work.
+1 These days with ATO, Dosers about the only day to day I have is feed and maybe empty skimmer.


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Idk I guess I’m different. After having to feed the cats, the dogs, the gecko and the kids, feeding the blasted fish is about the last thing I want to do.


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Old 03/22/2018, 02:59 PM   #15
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I agree. My last two tanks I controlled with an Apex and automated a ton of stuff. After everything was automated, I felt kinda bored to be honest. I like having things to do to my tank besides just look at it. I feel like it keeps me closer and more connected with how things are doing, more engaged.
I agree with this notion. I automated dosing a few weeks ago and am still getting used to that. At least once or twice throughout the day I find myself feeling like I'm forgetting something. Ok I fed the fish anndddd........ lol.


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Idk I guess Iím different. After having to feed the cats, the dogs, the gecko and the kids, feeding the blasted fish is about the last thing I want to do.
Hahaha I get that! At least the fish don't beg like the cats and dog do lol.


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Hahaha I get that! At least the fish don't beg like the cats and dog do lol.
my dog only begs when my wife is eating, he knows the weak link


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Old 03/22/2018, 03:24 PM   #18
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Hahaha I get that! At least the fish don't beg like the cats and dog do lol.
The kids beg the worst.


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The kids beg the worst.
And apex can't feed them hahahaha


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Old 03/22/2018, 04:07 PM   #21
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Heat kills nutrients

If you are referring to pellet food, then you need to keep it away from heat. I used to fight with my freshwater customers who could not understand heat destroys vitamins - they wanted to keep their dry food on top of their lights. I explained their fish could be malnourished with a full stomach.

My salt water customers fed mainly frozen food, with a smidgen of dry food occasionally.


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And apex can't feed them hahahaha
Hmmmmmm

Ooooooor can it?


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Old 03/22/2018, 04:22 PM   #23
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If you are referring to pellet food, then you need to keep it away from heat. I used to fight with my freshwater customers who could not understand heat destroys vitamins - they wanted to keep their dry food on top of their lights. I explained their fish could be malnourished with a full stomach.

My salt water customers fed mainly frozen food, with a smidgen of dry food occasionally.
Thank you very much! I can see how that could be a problem. I'll definitely not be keeping them on top of my light now, especially knowing this.


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Old 03/23/2018, 08:40 AM   #24
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Hahaha I get that! At least the fish don't beg like the cats and dog do lol.
Wrong!!!
All the fish in my 350 used to beg any time a person walked by!
And also when the dogs get feed.


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Wrong!!!
All the fish in my 350 used to beg any time a person walked by!
And also when the dogs get feed.
This is why fish get overfed. They quickly learn where food comes from, and they have good eyesight.

I had a tough time keeping customers from overfeeding their fish because the little moochers would go nuts when they saw whoever fed them.

A large tank with African cichlids will just about take your hand off.


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