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I'll be out in the field for the next week on a river survey. Luckily I have an understanding S/O who will text me a full tank shot, and close up of the co2 indicator and thermometer every day.

I've also been the one to do water changes for buddies while they're away.

What are everyone else's strategies for Maintenance while away? Who's your go-to tank sitter? What do you have them check? Do you check back in periodically?


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I'll be out in the field for the next week on a river survey. Luckily I have an understanding S/O who will text me a full tank shot, and close up of the co2 indicator and thermometer every day.

I've also been the one to do water changes for buddies while they're away.

What are everyone else's strategies for Maintenance while away? Who's your go-to tank sitter? What do you have them check? Do you check back in periodically?
Eheim Automatic Fish Feeders ( tape the door in place so it does not fly open!!!!)

Tunze auto topoff system.

Digital timer for the lights.

That is what I do but up until now, I have only had a single goldfish.

Never tried it on my newer aquariums.
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If it's for a week I usually let the tank run by itself, granted it's low tech, but I just leave the fish alone. Feed regularly before I leave, and feed regularly when I return, same with ferts and water changes, about 10 days is the most I'll go, then my cherry shrimp population starts to decline from predation.


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Auto feeders, light timers, auto top off. I can and do leave my tank alone for 30 days without anyone touching it. It is a relatively large low tech tank, which makes it easier.

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Feed well before you leave. Do a water change several days before you leave (not the day before, in case there are issues). Lights on auto.

No one feeds or touches tank for the week you're gone. Fish will be fine.
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If it's for a week I usually let the tank run by itself, granted it's low tech, but I just leave the fish alone. Feed regularly before I leave, and feed regularly when I return, same with ferts and water changes, about 10 days is the most I'll go, then my cherry shrimp population starts to decline from predation.
Dude, you can get a Petco automatic feeder for like $12 on a sale.

No need for the hunger games here.
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If you do use an automatic feeder, put it to use BEFORE you take off. I did, and decided my young angels were better off doing without than being overfed too regularly. Nothing like losing a fish to a feeder doing its job too well.

Otherwise, just make sure the water is clean, feed before you leave, and leave alone.

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If you do use an automatic feeder, put it to use BEFORE you take off. I did, and decided my young angels were better off doing without than being overfed too regularly. Nothing like losing a fish to a feeder doing its job too well.

Otherwise, just make sure the water is clean, feed before you leave, and leave alone.

This is good advise. No food is better than over feeding.
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What about your strategy for fert? I have similar dilemma and concerned if the pickier plants will melt w/o liquid fert supplement over 2 wks.
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