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What do you guys do when you have to go on vacation for a good amount of time? Like 3-4 weeks? I don't really want anyone in my house, so what are other options? I know you can feed fish with outomatic feeders but dosing liquid ferts? I could drop it off at a friends house but that would shake up the sand and plants that are in the tank.

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What do you guys do when you have to go on vacation for a good amount of time? Like 3-4 weeks? I don't really want anyone in my house, so what are other options? I know you can feed fish with outomatic feeders but dosing liquid ferts? I could drop it off at a friends house but that would shake up the sand and plants that are in the tank.

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I'd do an automatic feeder, put on a top to slow evaporation, lower light levels if possible (raise the light, use a dimmer, put bubble wrap on the light, whatever), add some root tabs if not already present, and just let it go. Many fertilizer requires weekly water changes which you are not going to be able to do soooo /shrug your plants will take a hit but they can survive a 2-3 weeks without additional ferts.
 

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What exactly would happen? Would some plants die?

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Depends. An HT with CO2, lots of light, fertilizers, etc ... is not the same as a LT without any of it.
The HT will suffer much more from abandonment.
You can do many things, if you are a handyman, for little money. Automatic CW, Timed C02 (PH controller is more expensive), metering pumps, etc ...
Depends.
If we forget everything and we are only concerned about automatically adding a minimum of fertilizer and we do not want to install peristaltic pumps, there are also dispensers similar to feeders. I have used one of the Eheim brand, for example. But if you are not going to do CW, the fertilizer dose should be minimal.
 

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Sorry the tank is a lowtech with a hugger led, on a timer. I don't currently have any inhabitants. The fertilizer is nilocg thrive for shrimp. I am doing water changes about every week.

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Sorry the tank is a lowtech with a hugger led, on a timer. I don't currently have any inhabitants. The fertilizer is nilocg thrive for shrimp. I am doing water changes about every week.

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Would leave the lights as is and don’t worry about the ferts dosing since there is no possibility of water changes. Come back and then resume your daily dosing and weekly water changes schedule.


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