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Old 02-06-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Dreading vacation season !!!!!!!!!!

Trying to get my tank on cruise control before the summer hits. !!! Must sustain it self for 9 day stretches !!! Lighting good ...added a ato with a 5 gal jug trying to get less evaporation from my sump trying to cover it more !! Filter socks lasting 10 days good!! Scared about the swc skimmer only 2 weeks old but I have been tinkering with it every few days scared to run a drain to a bucket incase it overflows !! Now it's in the sump if it overflows it will just flow into sump !! Hope that ain't bad !! And once in a while a coral falls over hope I dont loose any !!! Last is feeding have not worked that out yet !! Have a auto feeder from ehime but the pellets or flakes soon as it hits the water it goes into overflow to sump !!! Any ideas anyone ??? Have a feeding ring going to buy some magnets and glue them to the cheap suction cup and make the ehime dump into the ring !! There got to be a better way !! Some body has to invent something people there's money to be made here lol
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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Is there anyone you can trust to watch the tank? Some things cannot be automated. I do not trust feeders as they can run amok. In fact, I would almost rather not feed them but maybe a few times by a human if possible.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:40 PM   #3
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Trying to get my tank on cruise control before the summer hits. !!! Must sustain it self for 9 day stretches !!! Lighting good ...added a ato with a 5 gal jug trying to get less evaporation from my sump trying to cover it more !! Filter socks lasting 10 days good!! Scared about the swc skimmer only 2 weeks old but I have been tinkering with it every few days scared to run a drain to a bucket incase it overflows !! Now it's in the sump if it overflows it will just flow into sump !! Hope that ain't bad !! And once in a while a coral falls over hope I dont loose any !!! Last is feeding have not worked that out yet !! Have a auto feeder from ehime but the pellets or flakes soon as it hits the water it goes into overflow to sump !!! Any ideas anyone ??? Have a feeding ring going to buy some magnets and glue them to the cheap suction cup and make the ehime dump into the ring !! There got to be a better way !! Some body has to invent something people there's money to be made here lol
You can turn off your skimmer and sump for 9 days. As long as you have powerheads in your tank you should be fine.
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That's the problem I dont my neighbor feeds my pond fish but that would be a lot to ask to unset alarms and enter my house I don't think she would be comfortable !! My fish look like piranha if I feed them a hour late everyday !! It's a real problem don't want to be sitting on a beach worrying about my tank
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Going to monitor skimmer if it does give me problems that's a good idea I'll turn the skimmer off
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:08 PM   #6
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Im going on vacation this week and i just bought an automatic feeder. $20 at petco. I am testing it before i go to make sure it works.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:47 PM   #7
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U should try to just leave on sump/filter and move the auto feeder then wet the food a little and it will sink faster also my fish are young and went 4 days without food before just feed heavy before you leave then set up ur auto to drop in every 3 days if possible they will live but just check everything when u get back!,thank god im only goin on a 5 day cruise lol ill put some pellits on the damp lid of my tank then after about 2 days of evapor it gets too heavy and drops in lol im an evil genious!
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Fish can go quite a while without feeding in an established reef. Some inverts, coral might disappear though, lol
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Unless you are feeding polyps like sun corals, the lighting supplies the vast majority of their immediate needs. The scavengers also can go a while. Fish can forage on a old well established reef for a long time. But it is all depending on the condition and type of tank you have.
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