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Old 04-08-2003, 06:25 PM   #1
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Vacation Tips

Eventually, I will have to part from my tank...

I was thinking... put the pumps and PH on a timer...and get a automatic feeder.... any other tips...
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Depending on how long you are going to be away would determin how you should best handle the tanks.

If its going to be for a period of 1 week or less then your biggest worry is making sure the tanks are topped off with freshwater. I would not worry with feeding the fish for the week period your gone. Your fish should suffer no ill effects from not having food be introduced to the tank for a period of 1 week or less.

As far as timmers hopefully you have a timmer on yoru lights already. Not sure why you would need a timmer on yoru pump and PH's. Dont you leave them run for 24X7 now? Why would you change this. I have found it best to NOT change anything in how you run the tank prior to leaving. I left for a week once and decided since we was going to be gone to bump the AC up a bit from 74 to 80. Well my tank overheated and I lost fish due to this. If I had kept the house temp at 74 I bet those fish would still be with me today.

Have top off water in milk jugs or some other easy to access place so whom ever is looking after your tanks can easily add the correct amount to your sump. I like to have a FULL mark on my sump. This way when others look after your tank you can tell them to pour water from these jugs (have them by the tank) until the water level is at this line (show them the mark).

Sometimes I go as far as to hide the food.

If your going to be away on extened period OR you just have to feed the fish then measure out the amount of food to be fed and put it into individual baggies. Mark them with the dates they are to be used and inform the person NO MATER how much they feel the fish needs more only to feed the amount in the bag for that given day.

Hope that helps ya. At least thats what we do.
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How can you guys leave your tanks....the thought is mind boggling
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About automatic feeders - make sure they are attached properly. I had one I attached 5 days before I left and it was fine. When I got back 2 weeks later it had fallen into the tank and the water was disgusting looking - my fish did survive, but I'll never do that again.
About topping off the tank I just had one of my enginerd friends rig up an automatic "topper-offer" out of a milkjug and a hose.

Good news for next time I leave - I just found my bunny-sitter had saltwater fish. Finally, 2 birds with one stone!
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Old 04-09-2003, 11:37 AM   #6
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Well...First let me say I would never leave for more than a week..

Since I would turn off the PH's and pumps to feed, I would think it neccesary to do that if I'm using an automatic feeder...but Since I'm using live rock..and I'm getting several algae grazers... They should be fine...

I didn't remember to think about top off... and I can see now that the evaporation is pretty high....

I JUST started the tank up on Saturday... I've drained it and re-filled with saltwater last night... I'm thinking of ordering my live rock for Friday delivery... Do you think that's too soon?
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