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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-10-2014, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Tips for tank, when away for long weekend

Hey,

After any tips people have as regards co2,lighting and ferts before i go away this weekend. I go fri-monday and no-one is able to come and dose ferts on my tank, is this going to cause any problems with no dosing for 4 days?

Do i keep my lighting and co2 the same whilst away or adjust the timers? Lights are on for 7 hours, co2 comes on 30 minutes before lights and shut off 30 minutes before.

I plan on doing a 50% water change the day before i go but just worried with no ferts for 4 days it could create an imbalance and algae. I left tank for a week before and came back to a BBA outbreak, but this was when i was running DIY Co2, now have a pressurised system.

Just after any tips you guys may have, or will it be fine being left as it is.

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You could tone down your lighting and co2 which would reduce the demand for ferts. I wouldn't do the water change before you left I would do it when you get back That way any ferts you normally have as excess will be able to be used while you are away.

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Thanks Topekoms, yea i was thinking of reducing them down to 6 hours, or would you recommend further? Thanks for tip about water change, will leave that until after.
Would there be any advantage to increasing fert dosing slightly a few days beforehand then, so as to create an excess? Or is it best just to keep regular dosing?
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I would just do regular dosing if you increase that might cause an algae bloom. I think 5 to 6 hrs would be a good reduction.

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You can add three to five days' worth of ferts at one time before you leave and keep everything else as normal. I have done it many times, as have other members of the forum. The bigger disaster comes if you don't add any ferts. I did that the first time. Hair algae everywhere. It was a mess.
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