If you’re like me, the cold weather this year is taking a toll on your sinuses. Head colds and sore throats are rampant this time of year, and sometimes you just don’t feel like climbing out of bed to do that water change, add your two-part additives, or even just feed the fish. And despite all of the advances of modern medicine, that cold is hard to shake for several days, causing tank maintenance to pile up over the short stretch that you’re out of commission. For this reason alone, it is very important to automate as much of your aquarium as possible. Additive dosing, water top off, and all sorts of other activities can be handled automatically by an aquarium controller so you rarely have to get out from under the blankets to do them yourself.