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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-22-2004, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going on vacation next week. Leaving early Tues a.m., and returning late Sat. p.m. I have a 30 gal, pretty heavily planted and heavily stocked with fish. I'll have my light on a timer.

Can i just leave my tank that long? Will my fish survive? Do I need to get someone to stop by a time or two to feed them? Is there any "time-release" food you recommend? Anything special I should do before leaving to prepare my tank?

30 gal, DIY CO2, PMDD + TMG, 55w, gravel and laterite, eheim ecco 2232, approx 20% and 10% water changes weekly.

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Do a water change before you leave and do one when you get back. I often don't do anything to my tanks for 2-3 days and have left them for nearly two weeks without feeding or any maintenance when I was on vacation.

If your tank is well planted, the fish should always be able to find some food to nibble on.

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buy auto feeder, really helps ^^. got mine for 7 dollars at Wal-Mart: Always Low Price!!
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I always leave mine alone for a week or so in the summer, I come home and fish are spawning and things are growing out of the tank.....makes me wonder what I'm doing wrong when I'm here.

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It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

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Three to four weeks are no problem so long as you can get someone to feed the fish at least three to four times during that period. Fish can fast for long period so long as they are in a healthy environment. Have a nice holiday.

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My fish went for 40 days without eating because my auto feeders batteries just died. No dead fish when I got home.
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40 days! Holy CARP!

My nephew has been keeping guppies for 6 years now. He feeds them once every 2 weeks.

Maybe my fish could survive for 6 years on that kind of regimen, but they would learn to hate me!

40 days...! ::whew!::

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Fish don't always find food in the wild every single-day!
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I know the feeling.

Sometimes I have fished all day and not even found a one!

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Got back over the weekend.
Fed them before leaving Tues a.m., and upon returning late Sat nite.
Light on timer - 12 hour seq.
No casualties, and plants are thriving.
Can you say "benign neglect"?
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24 hour CO2? Automated plant feeding? Or more "benign neglect?"

We are planning a 3 week trip soon, so any information would be helpful.

Thanks.

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My DIY CO2 is on 24/7.
For a 3-week trip I might invest in an auto feeder.
The day before I left, I did a somewhat heavier than usual water change, good cleaning of glass, trim of plants. And then fed the fish a little heavier than usual.
But I was only gone Tues-Sat.
On closer inspection, apparently someone was hungry (or cranky) enough to nibble at my male black molly's fins. I've never seen any of my fish act aggressively. Will be keeping an eye out.
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some suggestion, i turnon my air pump (w auto timer during night time) for safety precaution, cos i am using uncontrollable dIY co2. even during the day my CO2 can get up to 38ppm
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Another thing I am going to do for my trip next week is to remove one of my bulbs to change my tank from a high light to a low light while I am gone. If you have floating plants, letting them cover the tank helps to keep things under control.
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Cool DIY Skimmer box -- for help with floating plant debris?

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