Automation is all the rage in the aquarium hobby these days, and while we can certainly appreciate letting various pieces of equipment handle the mundane, everyday tasks, sometimes it can take all if the fun out of owning an aquarium. When you get your hands wet, that’s when you learn the most about your tank. You discover new critters, regain an appeciation for old ones, and have a better connection to your addiction. We’re not saying to avoid aquarium controllers by any means, but don’t over-automate your life. Cruise control is great for certain situations, but sometimes it is better to be the one driving.