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05-15-2013 06:39 PM
Originally Posted by TraceyW View Post
We'll be leaving on a Saturday morning and will be back late the following Friday.
For piece of mind you can hire a pet sitter in your area to check in on the tanks. I checked and there seem to be a number of them servicing your area.
05-15-2013 04:24 PM
stanjam I had 15 tanks at max. This was back when I had my online business. I didn't vacation, unless it was a road trip to a new fish store!
05-15-2013 04:15 PM
TraceyW WOW, thanks for all the great replies/ideas. There is really no one to come check on the tanks while we're gone. I'm going the extra feedings and water change route. I'm picking up timers today for my lights because I figured my plants couldn't go a week without lights and leaving them on 24/7 would have been an algae nightmare. =D I'll throw a harder type veggie bit into the pleco tank and the 2 other tanks that have snails (2 smaller apple snails in one and nerite in the other) the morning we leave.
05-15-2013 02:23 AM
Diana Fry are different in 2 ways. They must not be deprived of food. They can eat microscopic things living among the fine plant leaves.

So, fry in well planted tanks are usually fine without food for a while.
05-14-2013 04:48 PM
njmomie Agreed that fish can go without food for a week but I'd have someone come over to do a check in case there was a leak, filter problem, heater problem or a general power failure. At least you can call in help instead of coming home to dead fish.
05-14-2013 02:58 PM
Leaky Filter It's also worth mentioning that you can add a week's worth of ferts at one time and cut way back on algae blooms in high-tech tanks. I didn't fertilize once and came back to a hair algae ball that took a little bit of work to correct. Since then, I added ferts and came back to some spot algae here and there, but nothing major. I'll do a week's worth of micros the night before with a big top off and dump a week's worth of macros the day of departure. I leave a week at a time four or five times per year.

ETA: I don't worry about feeding them. I will feed more frozen food on the front end and back end but that's about it. Of course, run a big water change as close to departure as reasonable.
05-14-2013 02:46 PM
shift Thanks for the tips! I will be out of town thursday-sunday.. and generally bribe the parents to feed all the tanks, but if i don't have to.. then it makes life alot easier (that and i'm certain they overfeed!)
05-14-2013 01:53 PM
Vacation Tank Care

Originally Posted by shift View Post
Not to hijack but would a moderately stocked tank (20 rummys, 5 harlequins, 5 otts, 4 neons and 15 ish cpd in an 84G) be okay under the same conditions? (with out eating for 6 ish days?

Also would fry tanks (fry-3/4 adult size) last a week with out food?
Hello shift...

Just feed a bit more than normal for a few days before you leave and then change out half the tank water a couple of days prior.

I like to make the replacement water a bit warmer than that in the tank. The flush of warm, pure water tends to energize my fish and the extra food will easily sustain your fry for a few days.

I'd discourage the use of auto feeders or anything like that, even the pricey ones can malfunction and then you'd have a tank problem, with no way to fix things. They're really not needed if you're only away for a few days.

05-14-2013 06:07 AM
shift Not to hijack but would a moderately stocked tank (20 rummys, 5 harlequins, 5 otts, 4 neons and 15 ish cpd in an 84G) be okay under the same conditions? (with out eating for 6 ish days?

Also would fry tanks (fry-3/4 adult size) last a week with out food?
05-14-2013 04:55 AM
Diana If you want to use a vacation feed, use the gel type, not the plaster things.
I have seen some pretty delicate critters thrive when the gel products were used. I think Tetra makes them. There are 2 sizes. For all the lightly stocked tanks, 1 or even half of one. For the heaviest stocked tank one of the larger ones.
If the Pleco is a vegetarian you might add a chunk of raw broccoli stem, yam, pumpkin or other hard vegetable. Something that will take a while for him to gnaw through.
05-14-2013 02:59 AM
Nami I would also go without feeding them for a week. Or, with an automatic feeder that you've tried and tested prior to leaving, in the case that you really want to let them have food during this time.

Your tanks really aren't that stocked so I wouldn't be too worried in general. I might do a water change before leaving if you really want to have your bases covered. But I wouldn't change any filter media or such to ensure a substantially present beneficial bacteria colony. But even then, I don't really think it's absolutely necessary to do a water change outside of your regular schedule. If the fish aren't getting fed, they're actually producing less nh3/4, resulting in less no2-/3-, etc etc.

If your tank is planted, you should not worry about a spike unless there is by chance equipment malfunction. If your tank isn't planted, a handy thing you could do is actually throw a handful of hornwort in there. But I still think that's overkill for a week.
05-14-2013 02:43 AM
DogFish I agree with big cleaning/WC before you go. I would have someone stop by at midpoint of the vacation like day 3 or 4. Have remeasured food set-up for each tank, water in gallon jugs for top-offs. Have each tank numbered 1-12 incase they observe a problem they can say in Tank #_ there's floater or Tank # _ the water temp is 69 degrees.
05-13-2013 10:11 PM
melanotaenia +1 as long as you don't have any major predatory fish (which you don't seem to from what I can see and read) then you would not really have to worry about food for a week; if they are really hungry, they may just nibble on some of the mirco-algaes or some of the plants in your tank. But even after a week I doubt that would happen.

Saltwater fish can go for even longer without eating, I have left them for about 10 days in a reef without food and they did fine.
05-13-2013 10:01 PM
Vacation Tank Maintenance

Originally Posted by TraceyW View Post
Most of them are lightly planted and stocked with just a few fish except for one of my 30 gallons (which has an unknown adult spotted pleco at 5 inches long, 2 adult cobra guppies, 5 adult breeding group of green cories, 3 baby cories (at 1/4 inch long) and about 5 guppy fry about 1/4 inch also)t . I just have a few RCS in my shrimp tank with snails.

Do I use a small vacation feeder block in them? Do I feed well before I head out and let them coast for almost a week? We'll be leaving on a Saturday morning and will be back late the following Friday.
Hello Trace...

Fish can easily go a couple of weeks without food. What you do is a couple of weeks before you leave (ideally, but you can start now), you feed a little more and a little more often. You want to build up a little fat reserve in your fish.

A couple of days before leaving, you stop all feeding and do an extra large water change on the tank. The fish will spend their time foraging for the last bit of food left and live on their fat reserve, while you're gone.

The fish are fine without eating for a few days and you come home to a clean tank. That's what I do and I've got six large tanks and our vacations are typically a couple of weeks.

It would be nice if you have a friend to come over to check on everything, but it's not a necessity.

05-13-2013 08:50 PM
Soup12 eheim automatic feeders. 1 week food blocks for 2 week+ vacations for tanks w/o auto feeders.

Plants have tons of microscopic food for fish. I also have a natural ecosystem for many tanks (snails/shrimp breed to feed dwarf puffers) (endlers breed to feed turtles) etc....
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