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Old 12-10-2006, 01:10 AM   #1
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Automatic Feeder? 3 weeks and pellets! Also a lighting Q...

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I'm looking for a reliable automatic feeder (prefer AC + battery) that can hold a 3 week supply of little brown pellet food for 3 damsels. I think they will be fine being fed once a day or every other day. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks a lot!

I was also considering purchasing some additional lighting. My tank is FOWLR 4x2x2 and currently has a Current USA Orbit 48" 260w 2x130PC. One is actinic and the other is regular. I was wondering if I would see any benefit from adding something like a coralife aqualight t-5 strip, 2x28w (one regular light, one actinic). Also, if I can't see any difference (as it's already fairly bright) would the rock/fish benefit?

This light: http://www.fishsupply.com/slesu-58023.html

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Old 12-10-2006, 10:43 AM   #2
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Earlier this year, I was overseas for 3 weeks and this is what I had setup on my tank: Eheim 3581 "Feed-Air" Digital Automatic Feeder. Well worth the investment in my opinion. Here is a link for it:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+112973

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Old 12-10-2006, 11:16 AM   #3
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Earlier this year, I was overseas for 3 weeks and this is what I had setup on my tank: Eheim 3581 "Feed-Air" Digital Automatic Feeder. Well worth the investment in my opinion. Here is a link for it:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+112973

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Thanks! that's the one I found myself and was interested in getting, but I didn't want to bias any responses.

I just need to find a place in Canada that sells it
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Any chance you can get a fish sitter, just to check in every once in a while, possibly to do some top offs?
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Old 12-10-2006, 03:23 PM   #5
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No chance. I am concerned about the salinity being very high so I'm planning to leave with it a little low. I'm going to TRY and come back after 1.5 weeks to do some maintenance.

Does anyone have opinions on adding a t-5 light strip or anything?

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EDIT:

In case anyone was interested, I've rearranged my rocks and here's how the tank looks!



Unfortunately one of my roommates used the algae brush to clean off his tomato sauce and it's ruined so I need to get another one. The skimmer is running fine now and the water params are perfect! The three damsels are really thriving!

I really feel as though I need more rock now! There are definitely more/larger caves now for the fish to swim through. I also tried to move my purple coraline nearer to the light

I also need to clean the algae off my powerheads -- but I'm not quite sure how to do that? Does anyone have suggestions? Thanks!
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Get a cleanup crew, try maybe 20 snails and 10 reef hermits, see how well they keep your tank clean.
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I would very leary of leaving my tank for three weeks and not having someone look in on it. Automatic feeders will work in a pinch but I have heard of stories where they have failed and feed way too much or not at all. My biggest concern would be the top-offs. Maybe look into the LFS or aquarium cleaning company to stop by once or twice a week.
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I have 10 snails in there. I also have 3 little crabs but they're super tiny. I haven't seen them since I put them in... they could be dead for all I know. The brown stuff is diatoms I think. It's not that bad, I just need to clean off the front glass.

It is actually only 16-17 days. My roommate will feed/add water for 5 days after I go. And I'll try to come back halfway between so I think everything will be fine.




ALSO, I have a clownfish in my roommates tank right now. It has rock in it and my roommate doesn't want to move the rock... does anyone have any idea how I can get him out?? I was thinking of feeding and then tossing a net in to trap him or something like that -- all my attempts so far with regular nets have been unsuccessful.
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The lighting is really not nessasary.Your present lighting is plenty for a FOWLR tank. The only results you will get is a brighter tank and prettier view if that is what you want but as I said your fish and LR are OK with what you have. It`s up to you.
I am very concerned about your top off water though. I dont think you will be OK. Your clean up crew will be very sensitive to high salinity and high nitrates in the tank as will your fish. You will need some type of top off unit.IMO
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The lighting is really not nessasary.Your present lighting is plenty for a FOWLR tank. The only results you will get is a brighter tank and prettier view if that is what you want but as I said your fish and LR are OK with what you have. It`s up to you.
I am very concerned about your top off water though. I dont think you will be OK. Your clean up crew will be very sensitive to high salinity and high nitrates in the tank as will your fish. You will need some type of top off unit.IMO

See above. I will actually have it topped up a few times for the first week I'm gone.

Halfway through the 17-day period I will come back and do some maintenance.



As for the lighting - would it look nicer if I just added the coralife aqualight 48" t-5 (2x 28W)? I think it's slightly different spectrum than PC or something. Should I maybe try adding only extra actinics maybe?



Did you have any ideas about catching the tomato clownfish? I'd really like to have him in my tank but I can't get him
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