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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-23-2015, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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going on 5 day vacation, any tips on preserving tank?

I have a high tech 21g tank and am leaving next week for a 5 day trip. I have no one that can come by to check on it, everyone i know is leaving then too.

Any advice on what I can do to keep the tank from blowing up while I'm gone? Lighting and CO2 are on timers already. I have about 20 cardinal tetras and harlequin rasboras.

Should I turn down the lights and Co2 a bit maybe? let things slow down a bit

What works for feeding fish? I'm debating an automatic feeding thing, but they're a bit pricey for something I'm going to use once. Do those feeding blocks that supposedly last several days work?

Any other tips?
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You can leave CO2 & lights off. No need to play with the timer. Plants won't die in 5 days.
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Feeding blocks vs autofeeder

I second turning off the CO2, and either leaving the lights off or only turn them on for maybe 3-4 hours on timer. I've read that the auto feeders possibly foul the water, but the feeding blocks definitely foul the water. My fish have been ok with no food over weekends.
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I am scared of vacations for my fish, so this will be helpful to me to.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-23-2015, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the tips. I read some reviews of those dissolving feeders on amazon and I'll probably just risk it for 5 days and not feed them, the fish should survive. I bet they go through a lot worse in nature
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I am a big fan of basically doing nothing for my tanks when I cant be around for my normal maintenance.

Fish should be absolutely fine for 5 days with no food in a planted tank. If they are really starving they'll pick at the plants. Plus, no added food means no uneaten food and/or feces to foul the water.

I'd probably also suggest no co2 and just keeping the lights off the entire time (assuming some ambient light affects the tank so the fish are not in complete darkness).

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Yep, no light, no co2, feed em heavy right before you leave and you're good.

Also, get that water level as high as possible before you go. I'm in socal and it evaporates so fast with the dry heat.

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I've used the 3 day feeder blocks before. Yes you have to do a water change when you get home, but that's routine anyways. Like others have said though, if your fish really get hungry they can always just eat the plants.
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