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Leaving My Tank For A Week

Hey guys, I'm just curious how you guys prepare your tanks for a week away from home? its spring break here and no one will be at my house so i probably will not be running CO2 and can't get anyone to do a water change just 6(?) hours of light a day and hope for the best? I also have 6-7 shrimp and was thinking of dropping a few extra pellets in before i leave. Let me know your thoughts! Also the floaters are repent that were pulled out by my snail and I'm not sure if i want to put them back in yet.

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NO2 - 0, .5, .5, .3 0 0 0
NO3 - 20, 40, 80, 80 20 20 20
NH4/NH4 0 0
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Hey guys, I'm just curious how you guys prepare your tanks for a week away from home? its spring break here and no one will be at my house so i probably will not be running CO2 and can't get anyone to do a water change just 6(?) hours of light a day and hope for the best? I also have 6-7 shrimp and was thinking of dropping a few extra pellets in before i leave. Let me know your thoughts! Also the floaters are repent that were pulled out by my snail and I'm not sure if i want to put them back in yet.

Parameters:
Date 1/29, 1/31, 2/1 2/2 2/19 2/28 3/9
GH - 180, 180, 180, 180 300 300 250
KH - 80, 120, 180, 120 60 80 80
PH - 7, 6, 7, 7 7 6.6 7.2
NO2 - 0, .5, .5, .3 0 0 0
NO3 - 20, 40, 80, 80 20 20 20
NH4/NH4 0 0

Don't worry about it. I left my tank alone for a month while I was out of the country. I do a 20% water change every 2 months anyways and have never tested my water parameters. You can lower your light cycle to fewer hours to lower your throttle. I never feed my shrimps. I don't know what they eat in my tank, but they been alive for many months without maintenance. I barely touch my tank in a week, so you are good to go. have fun and enjoy without the background worry in your conscience.
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Don't worry about it. I left my tank alone for a month while I was out of the country. I do a 20% water change every 2 months anyways and have never tested my water parameters. You can lower your light cycle to fewer hours to lower your throttle. I never feed my shrimps. I don't know what they eat in my tank, but they been alive for many months without maintenance. I barely touch my tank in a week, so you are good to go. have fun and enjoy without the background worry in your conscience.
Awesome Thanks for the advice. The tank seems stable i was more worried about the shrimp but i guess they will have algae to eat on. I just did a water change and cleanup as well and took some pictures to see what changes while its on its own

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Awesome Thanks for the advice. The tank seems stable i was more worried about the shrimp but i guess they will have algae to eat on. I just did a water change and cleanup as well and took some pictures to see what changes while its on its own
I threw some cherry red shrimps into a jar and did not touch it for a long long time. no water change, no food. almost like a prison. It took maybe 2-3 months until I saw the half melted dead shrimp carcass floating. call me a mad scientist to test the limitations of these shrimps, but from my exploration, you can know your shrimps will be fine.
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..on the other hand,I try to do a water change before I leave,and as soon as I get back,so the schedule is only off a few days.OFC that's with fish.I don't have any shrimp,but I know fish are fine with no food for a week or so,and they produce far less waste that way as well,further minimizing the need for a water change.

not sure how much this applies to shrimp,but I'd think it wouldn't be too far off.

beautiful tank btw.

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It would be more of, but still not really a problem if you had fish, but with shrimp, they'll be content to graze on biofilm, algae, etc. for an extended period. You don't even need to toss in extra pellets, I might actually suggest not to because it could pollute the water. I think I'd just leave them with however much you usually feed.
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