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I am going on vacation for about 18 days. My grandma is going to be at our house watching the dogs and the fish tanks. I have a couple tanks that I use fertilizers on a regular schedule. Can I skip the dosing to make it easier for my grandma? Or should I pre-measure out ferts and have her throw them in the tank on the days they need to be? There will not be a weekly water change of 50% either. Should I just turn down the lights so it is not so bright and try to put the tanks on autopilot? I need help.:eek:
 

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Yeah, I have all ready shown her everything. I have food 4 meals pre-measured. I have a whole bunch of 16oz bottles filled with RO water for top offs (don't need to have my grandmother picking up 8lbs jugs of water!). A few few of my tanks are not on timers and I have just told her to turn them on when she wakes up and off before she goes to sleep. These are my lowtech tanks though so I am not too worried about it.

My grandmother is also going to be leaving for one night and I told her to keep the lights off for that day. Will the tanks be okay for 36-48 hours of darkness?
 

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I am back! The tanks are not too bad though. Lots of plant growth! I have some major trimming to do tomorrow as well as some algae scrubbing.

I came back to my saltwater tank in a mess though. I am really not having good luck with it as I would like. I am seriously considering to try to find a new home for my clown fish and other livestock. I had a vortech mp10 that stopped working, so my tank has almost no water movement at the moment. I bought a new protein skimmer that is just bubbling salt all over my equipment and the tank just doesn't look good. Corals are just too expensive compared to plants and mixing salt all of the time is a huge PITA! The corals I do have have not shown significant growth and the tank is so hard to evenly light. Not to mention I am always worrying about tiny bits of food getting stuck in the rocks and making the tank look more ugly!
 
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