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Vacation Question???

Do you folks worry about your plants when you go on a long vacation, ie 14+ days. And how do you deal with the dosing .... do you come back to algea infested tank?
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What's a "vacation"?
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What's a "vacation"?
Isn't that the truth...

I just separate everything out and have family or friends swing by and feed. A healthy fish can do a week without food easy. Your plants on the other hand...
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ask a friend to come by if they can, and get a timer for your light if u dont have one already.
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What's a "vacation"?
Two weeks a year where you lock yourself in your fish room and do nothing but stare at your tanks.
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Two weeks a year where you lock yourself in your fish room and do nothing but stare at your tanks.
I'm still working my way up to that, lol!.

On a serious note, if it's one or two tanks and you're talking about a week, you can accomplish a lot with timers, automatic fish feeders, and a crude top-off system that's not much more than a plastic tub, some airline and a plastic air valve. If you're using CO2 I can't offer any thoughts there.

Having spent the last 13 years in reefkeeping, I can tell you that 2 weeks would simply be undoable unless you pay a maintenance company. Every single story I ever read about vacations that long just ended in a disaster.
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Even though we have someone come in and feed our cat while we're away, I never have them do anything to the tanks. I guess I'm just too paranoid about them overfeeding the tanks. Seriously, I even hide the fish food so they won't be tempted to ignore my instructions to leave the tanks alone!

If I'm only away for a week or so, I never worry about the fish. I've heard and read that healthy fish (except for young fry) can go as long as two weeks without being fed. I've never kept any fussy or delicate species though.

Plants are another matter. Whenever possible, I reduce the intensity and duration of the lighting for while I'm away. On one tank I set up an autodoser so that ferts could be dosed while I was away. In all cases, I do a big water change before I go, and another when I get back.

My family always laughs when I race into the house and check all the tanks as soon as we get home.

If you're not as paranoid as I am, you could have someone come in and feed fish and dose ferts. Make it as simple as possible for them. If you dose dry ferts, use one of those pill organizers or something to have each day's ferts premeasured. Do the same thing for fish food.


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Two weeks a year where you lock yourself in your fish room and do nothing but stare at your tanks.
Ahhhhh, that sounds lovely.


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Reduce the lighting since that is what drives the aquarium, lower light lowers the needs for co2 and ferts.

Think of it as a weather system rolling in and making it cloudy for a week or two.


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When we go on vacation, we have someone in the house anyway that has to take care of the cats, so I also have her take care of the fish.

I make sure everything is premeasured, ferts, food, and have the day of the week on each container that I use. Got some cheap small ones that work perfect from the dollar store.

Also have a line marked on my sump where to keep the water level at. First time I was very worried, 2nd time no worries, so I am hopeful when I go out of town a few times this summer, everything will go smooth.

The only thing I do worry about is that one of my fish like to eat from my hand, and did not have that fish the last time I went away. I hope it does OK for a week without me.

Good luck to you on whatever you decide, and enjoy your vacation.
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