Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-12-2007, 11:00 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: houston,texas
Posts: 238
vacation??????????????

I will be leaving for vacation in a few days. i will be gone 10 days. How long can the fish go without being feed? I have heard bad things about the automatic feeders. Should I leave the lights on the tank off? I do have moon lights. Can I just leave them on?
__________________

__________________
tmkx3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2007, 11:07 AM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
roka64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
I would get some one to feed them and do water top offs. You can use a timer for your lights.
__________________

__________________
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Articles
Acronym List

--Scott
roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2007, 12:39 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Canton, MI
Posts: 260
If you have a local LFS, you can usually pay one of the employees to perform vacation maintenance. I think almost, or every, employee at my store takes care of tanks around town on the side. You'd basically have to place the same trust in them as you would in a baby sitter, so if you comfortable with givin them a key or something, I'd say let them do it, cuz at least they'd know what theyre doing. I'd be scared to trust my tank to someone who didnt know what they were dealing with.
__________________
Agnate80700 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2007, 02:13 PM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
 
Devilishturtles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Frederick, Maryland
Posts: 8,544
Send a message via Yahoo to Devilishturtles
I agree, I'd definitley try and get someone to feed the fish for you...

As for the lights, you can get a simple digital timer for around $6 at walmart to hook your lights up to.
__________________
-Lindsay

Live in the Western MD/West Virginia/DC Metro Area?
Join our very active regional forum Here

Like the advice someone just gave you? Add to their reputation! Click on the balance icon underneath their username and let them know.
Devilishturtles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2007, 02:49 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
I would get a friend, relative or neighbor to feed and do top-offs. As for feeding, pre-measure a meal and put it in a baggie. Have them feed the tank only what's in the bag and only every other day. It's not so bad if they only have to stop in every 2-3 days to feed and check on things..
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2007, 02:57 PM   #6
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,242
I agree that not only feeding but top offs will have to be done also. I`d see if you could find someone else to come over and feed and do PWC`s. The timer idea was good as far as your lights.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2007, 09:02 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 3,294
top off is a big concern!!! Unless you have a auto top off that can hold alot of water you need someone to top off.
__________________
9/02-125 REEF, 125 lbs LR,LS 4x160 VHO, Reef Devil /Sump, Fuge
7/03-55 FOWLR 60lb LR, 50 lb SD sand 2x40 NO strip light, Reef Devil/sump, Fuge

TANK PICS http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=98202
seaham358 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2007, 03:03 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: WA
Posts: 228
I have to go to vacation too about 3-4 days... would it be a big deal if I jst feed the fish a lot before I leave?.. as for the timer... i dont know wat it looks like so ima go check it out, and fish feeder is a bad idea?
__________________
mike3epanda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2007, 09:44 AM   #9
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,242
The fish without food will be OK for three days but you`ll still need top off water. My sump return area would run dry in three days. For the OP 10 days is too long for not feeding and no water top offs
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2007, 09:58 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 150
Quote:
Originally Posted by mike3epanda
I have to go to vacation too about 3-4 days... would it be a big deal if I jst feed the fish a lot before I leave?.. as for the timer... i dont know wat it looks like so ima go check it out, and fish feeder is a bad idea?
Overfeeding fish can kill many kinds of fish. I wouldn't recommend doing that. Most fish aren't able to store large quantities of food in their stomach to digest over a period of days so even if you fed them a lot you really aren't going to be compensating for the time you're gone.

You could just get the proportions ready, put them in a baggie in the freezer, and have a neighbor/friend/family member/pet-sitting service come drop it in the tank once a day. The pet sitting services by me do this stuff for $10 or less per day so it isn't too bad. I've never used an aquarium maintanance service but my guess is that it's significantly more expensive, but it would be a safer option if you are willing to pay.
__________________

__________________
pinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
vacation

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Going on vacation Jaybird Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 15 07-22-2006 12:53 PM
So, I'm going on vacation... Hrafnkel Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 8 06-15-2006 05:16 PM
Going on Vacation...What to do? aquanaut Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 06-01-2005 02:00 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.