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Alexa (or other smart assistants) - what do you use yours for?
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So, like most people, I occasionally forget to turn a heater back on after a water change. I also tend not to turn my filters off while feeding in case I forget to turn them on

But I’ve just got an Alexa smart plug and the routines look really handy: if I tell Alexa I’m feeding the fish, she can turn my filters off (using the smart plug) and then automatically turn them back on after a set period of time

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I’m going to test this with one filter (the tank has two, so if it goes wrong I shouldn’t bugger anything up too badly), but if it’s reliable it seems like a great way to handle filters and heaters during water changes etc too

Thinking about it, I have smart lights in my home and I’m sure I could do something with them too. And my Fluval Plant 3.0’s smart features are amazing, probably my favourite thing I’ve found from an aquarium light ever

Do you use any “smart devices” for your fishkeeping, and if so what do you use?
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I've recently done similar for my three tanks.

On my 240L I've got "big thank lights", "big tank bits" which is heater, filter and power head, and "big tank bubbles".

On my 90L it's just "medium tank lights" and "medium tank bits".

On the 18L it's just "shrimp tank lights" since I dont ever need to turn off the heater or filter.

I can say "alexa, I'm cleaning the medium tank" and it's set to turn on the light, turn off the filter and turn off the heater. Same for the big tank. I've got the air pump on an overnight timer, and I use a group timer to control when the lights come on and off each day.

I was using a manual "alexa, I've finished cleaning the medium tank", but your system with the timer is better, so I'm gonna edit them to come back on automatically after 1 hour.

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Yeah being able to automatically turn them back on seems like the biggest positive

Thinking about it some more I mostly use pumps for my water changes, I could pretty much do an entire water change using this - all I’d need to do is turn a couple of valves at the start and end to connect/disconnect a HME filter, and throw the drain pump in the tank
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That’s very techy and cool but I just use a switch. Loads cheaper rofl
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Cheltgirl Wrote:That’s very techy and cool but I just use a switch. Loads cheaper rofl

Me too rofl
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We love our Alexa, have smart plugs on all sorts of stuff inc. both tanks. There’s so much more than asking her what time it is or what the weather is today.
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I won't go into why i hate them and all of that but... i swear they make people rely on technology more than they need to!! just put a switched extension lead in and flick them on/off when doing maintenance. Chances are you're already got your head inside the cabinet to begin with!

I use smart plugs as digital timers because they were cheaper to buy! apart from that, no other smart tech.
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I'm not as flexible as I used to be, and often have to rely on others to assist with tank maintenance when I'm not there, so this makes it a lot less daunting for them

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in that sense i can see it being helpful Smile
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Also because I am just a massive gadget nerd

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