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Hello,

I'm currently on a EI dose method for my planted tank. However, around Christmas time, I will be gone from my home for appoximately two weeks. Should I be concerned since there will be no one that can maintain my tank? How would you recommend that I prepare for this?
 

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Without a bit more info, I can only tell you what I would do. There are some ifs involved but feel free to clarify things and maybe we can figure out what will be best for you. Is someone already going to be checking in on your house for other reasons? (Dog/Cat, mail, security???) If they have a key, you could ask them if they could perform some tank duties in your absence, BUT don't assume that they know how to do anything, so you will have to show them (more than once) what you want them to do, make this as minimal as possible. You will be much better off finding someone you trust with aquarium experience: (friend, club member, LFS employee) Even then I would try to walk them thru things b4 you leave for piece of mind. I work at a LFS and maintain tanks for residents/business after hours, and Christmas time I get many requests to "fish sit". I would only advise this if you have a long term, trusting relationship with that person. If you cant find someone with experience I would at very least give your "sitter" the phone number of someone in the hobby that they can call, just in case they dont know what to do. Type a list of duties for them and make sure you tell them exactly how much to feed (plants AND fish!!!). If you go for the automated devices instead, remember that gadgets can fail too, and you cant call an autodosing/feeding machine unless you have invested in a remotely accessed system. (BIG BUCKS)
 

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Without a bit more info, I can only tell you what I would do. There are some ifs involved but feel free to clarify things and maybe we can figure out what will be best for you. Is someone already going to be checking in on your house for other reasons? (Dog/Cat, mail, security???) If they have a key, you could ask them if they could perform some tank duties in your absence, BUT don't assume that they know how to do anything, so you will have to show them (more than once) what you want them to do, make this as minimal as possible. You will be much better off finding someone you trust with aquarium experience: (friend, club member, LFS employee) Even then I would try to walk them thru things b4 you leave for piece of mind. I work at a LFS and maintain tanks for residents/business after hours, and Christmas time I get many requests to "fish sit". I would only advise this if you have a long term, trusting relationship with that person. If you cant find someone with experience I would at very least give your "sitter" the phone number of someone in the hobby that they can call, just in case they dont know what to do. Type a list of duties for them and make sure you tell them exactly how much to feed (plants AND fish!!!). If you go for the automated devices instead, remember that gadgets can fail too, and you cant call an autodosing/feeding machine unless you have invested in a remotely accessed system. (BIG BUCKS)
Thank you.
 
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