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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-12-2006, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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The whole family will be going on vacation for 9 days. I was wondering what to do with my planted aquarium. Currently I'm using EI with 5.5 hours of 3 wpg on 125G, open loop CO2 injected with solenoid controlled by lights timer. Right before vacation, if I cut down the lighting to 2.5 hours a day, will that be sufficient to cut down nutrients usage so it's enough for 9 days?

Tell me what you guys do if you have been in my situation.
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Just let it be. Maybe set your lighting periord back to 8 hours from 10, but other than that, don't worry about it and enjoy your vacation.

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Put your heater as far down as you can. You learn the hard way that if the water evaporates and the heater is exposed... very BAD things happen.

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Depending on the size of the tank, maybe they could just lower the heater a little bit? But yes, lowering it is a good idea. If it's near a window and getting a slight cold breeze or anything, do keep this in mind and do something like wrap a towel around the side that is affected most.

I did this when I was in my school's dorms and it was *very* effective against that cold, really insulates it a lot. I'd imagine that the heater will be off for the most part in your house as well, it may just be best to wrap a towel or two around the whole tank to help it insulate.
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