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What's best way to keep track of multiple tank changes and so on...

Currently I am housing 4 various sized tanks in my bedroom and was curious as to what others do to keep track of feeding, water changes and any other tank maintenance. Was thinking a calender dry erase board but figured I would poll the good people here on what they are currently doing.

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i have 2 full tanks and one emersed setup. i maintain them daily at the same time with feeding and fertilizing. sunday morning i have 3-4 hours set aside for myself to clean, change water, prune plants, and stare + enjoy my tanks

7 day medicine holder keeps me on track for fertilizer
feeding.. eh i just drop some food in. if they look interested i keep feeding. if not i stop

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I just wait until water evaporates and my water line is viewable below the black plastic to do a water change. Normally works out to be 1-2 weeks. Feeding if you are worried about remembering get a cheap timer.


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I do the same thing Blazing does, feed and fertilize around the same time everyday, and I do my water changes on sunday (my break day from feeding and fertilizing). Everyone has their own schedule and this seems to work out for me.


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A - Once a week maint. all tanks.
B - 3 days later dose frets, top off water
C - Daily check add excel

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Feeding is done at night when the kids go to bed and tell me to feed their fish. I feed my other tanks at the same time.
Water changes are done on the weekend when I have some time.

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I have about 1,900ish gallons at my office and 10-12 tanks at home at any given moment.

Have found Google Docs to be invaluable. Great for setting calendar alerts and you can even easily create web forms for quickly entering parameters and notes.


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Daily feeding on all tanks, in evening when all lights are on
Tues - ferts (EI, mixed into a solution in a 30oz dosing container) in my 3 CO2 tanks
Thurs - ferts
Sun - Water changes and ferts

Sunday is the only day that requires more than about 2 minutes of effort.

Btw, the way I do EI is 30 doses is mixed into a 30oz dosing container that has a 1oz dosing compartment (bought through USPlastics.com, along with my airline tubing). Macros in one bottle, micros in another, same size doses. The dose is for a 30g tank. So:

30g tank gets 1oz
25g tank gets about 3/4oz
and my 20L gets about 2/3oz
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I only have one tank on the go mainly (sometimes I set up a breeding tank, but that's another story) I keep a diary, I keep track of what I spend, when, what I do when, test results etc, when and what they were, why I did extra tests... cleaning (I record if I needed to clean the glass more etc...) water changes etc... then I can look and say... hmmm, this caused this... so to speak.

the diary itself is just an exercise book. every entry is dated.

one of the things I keep a close eye on here, is the temp of the tank, in summer i can have issues with it getting too hot.

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KyleT built this for you if you want to use it.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pTracker.html


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Thank you all on your speedy and informative responses. I work anywhere from 50-90 hours a week and have had like 5 days off so far in the year 2011 which makes hard to keep up on my tanks and remember what has been done and still needs to be done. Definitely have some ideas on how to manage the tanks a bit more efficiently now.

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A notebook.
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A notebook.
Same here. I have notebooks from when I first started keeping tanks.


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Thank you all on your speedy and informative responses. I work anywhere from 50-90 hours a week and have had like 5 days off so far in the year 2011 which makes hard to keep up on my tanks and remember what has been done and still needs to be done. Definitely have some ideas on how to manage the tanks a bit more efficiently now.
hahaha I know the feeling all too often on a lack of time.
I have excel spread sheets setup for the purpose of tracking each tank system. easy to email back and forth between work and home also easier to scroll back looking a spawn data, canister cleanings etc. rather than flipping pages in a note book. But 5 full note books sit in the library from the pre excel days LOL

can send an unlocked copy of the blank spare if you have excel on your computer system and want it.


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Wkndracer - I would love the spreadsheet, also! Getting lots of tanks and now that some are breeding it's getting confusing.
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