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Going on vacations...what do you guys do?

Ok, so i just setup my 55g a few weeks ago and i thought about what would happen when im away from home. I'll be going on vacation for a week in December and wanted to know what you guys do. i dont think i have anybody that i trust enough to do the dosing for my tank.

I use pressurized co2, dry dose under EI method, and all my lights/co2 are on timers. Is it ok to leave the tank running as normal but not dose for one week? ill be gone from saturday to saturday. Saturday is Day 1 of my EI schedule.

What do you guys do? What would you recommend?

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Definitely reduce your lighting level while you are gone.

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You really should find someone to come dose for you while you're gone, if you plan on keeping the lights and CO2 on. If you have absolutely no one you can rely on, I think the best thing to do is to lower the lighting intensity, as well as the photoperiod. Drastically. But leaving everything at normal sans fertilization is a recipe for algae.

Is it that you have no one you trust at all, or that you have no one you trust to measure out the doses? If the latter, why not just pre-measure the daily doses for your sitter?
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what would you guys recommend the lighting be? im currently running 2x 54w T5HO bulbs for 8 hours, with a 3hr 4 bulb burst...

I guess its not that i cant find anybody i trust, i dont know if i can find somebody to RELY on and come over every single day to do the dosing. i would hate for that person to skip days and only dose when they get a chance. as far as measuring, im sure that would be easy because i dose dry and have the correct measuring spoons...

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Taper off lighting to ~1.5WPG for 4-6 hours a day just to keep the plants alive. No CO2, no dosing.
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not sure if i can do about 1.5wpg. the least i could do is approx 2wpg since im using 4x 54w T5HO bulbs over a 55g tank. would 2 bulbs for 4 hours be too much?

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I just went away two weeks ago for a week and all I did was use half of my normal lighting at 6 hours a day and lowered my co2. My plants were just fine when I got home...
I think leaving co2 on was a good choice.


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I'd personally run just one bulb and the CO2 for 6 hours per day and no dosing.





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A week will be fine with no dosing.
I often go a week or so. you will get some algae but it shouldnt be too bad after a week.


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If you do decide to have someone come to dose I would do what I did.
Take a red Sharpie and Mark bottles with big letters. "A" "B" "C" etc. Then make a hand written schedule using letters on bottles instead of having them look for what type fertilizers they need. Keep it simple. I also use those pill cases with the tops marked MTWTF. Put each day's food in the compartment so all they have to do is open and dump. Takes the pressure off them and worry from you. Good Luck.
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If you dose EI normally anyway, I would do a water change day before I left, double the normal dose amount, cut light intensity in half, leave Co2 where it is. Leaving for a week isn't too hard to plan for, two weeks plus would require a sitter. There is no need for shutting off Co2, or bothering somebody to dose the tank while you're gone, or feed the fish. They'll live without food for a week just fine (barring they aren't very young).


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When I leave for winter break, my tank has to go unattended for a whole month. What I've typically done is let CO2 run, no ferts, and I cut light duration in half and intensity. Keep in mind this is a 5.5 gallon tank that typically gets 48 watts of light over 6 hours. During the break, I only had one 24 watt bulb on for 2 hours. Or 3. I cannot remember.

But anyways, this is what my tank looked like when I returned



I didn't feed the fish either!

So, although your mileage may vary since tanks are so different, I'm sure you'll be able to maintain your tank for the week you are gone without requiring anyone to help maintain it for you.
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use mecanichal timer not the digital ones.


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^ Although, I think, personally, that it's okay to use digital timers if they have a battery backup. All the ones I have do.
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While it is true that fish can indeed go for extended periods of time without food.......................is it the right thing to do if you have other options. Even if you only have someone feed them 1 or 2 days out of the week that is better than not a all. I could live with no food for a week but I certaily don't want to!!

I really like the pill container idea.

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