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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-21-2016, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Having surgery - need to put tank into "limp mode"

I'm having foot surgery in a couple of days and will be in a cast and unable to put any weight on it for at least 6 weeks. My main planted tank is in the lower level of my house so I will have no (or very little) access to it during this time. My husband can feed the fish and do some tank maintenance, but I would prefer to keep it minimal for him. I would like some suggestions of what the best option would be.

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29 gallon
Heavily planted
Medium lighting @ 7 hours per day
1/2 EI dosing
Daily double dose Excel
No CO2
Osmocote root tabs
Heavily stocked with fish
Weekly 50% water change

I would like to eliminate daily dosing of Excel during this time. I'm assuming I should decrease lighting to approximately 4 hours. Should I completely eliminate fertilizer dosing, or just cut it down? How often would water changes need to be done?
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15 gallon ( 50%) water changes weekly don't seem too bad in my opinion. It's only 3 5 gallon buckets after all. I'd keep the water changes, since you are heavily stocked with fish. I'd skip the EI dosing, since the plants have the Osmocote and the fish waste. If the tank starts getting algae, then do a pre-emptive blackout, and cut down lighting. Alternatively, if the plants start to die, then you can start advising on dosing depending on symptoms (ie. potassium deficiency, nitrate, phosphate deficiency, etc. then add X Y Z)

Then again, I'm more of a fish geek not a plant professor. Good luck on your surgery! I hope all goes well!

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Why would excel dosing be hard? I do it at the same time as feeding. Excel will reduce the chance of an algae bloom more than anything else.

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Depending on the plants you have, it's a simple matter to step back to low tech. Simply cut back on the light slightly (maybe from 7 to 5 hours) and stop or minimize ALL dosing.
I have a low tech tank and plants grow more slowly, but grow just fine.
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Just to think outside the box, couldn't you use an automatic fish feeder such as https://www.amazon.com/Fish-Mate-F14...sh+tank+feeder to still dose "reduced" amount of ferts daily and just have your husband check it to make sure it is working properly?

Not saying this one would be ideal but just something to think about.
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For the time that you will be out of commission, I would think @AbbeysDad post would be your best option.

Edit: Fish & plants aside, hope the surgery and outcome go well for you.


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Thanks for all the great suggestions. I decided to go super low tech for at least the next couple of weeks, hopefully everything will survive okay. With the pain meds I'm on right now, even thinking about the tank seems like too much effort.
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