Its that time of year again

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by leslie hempel, 13 Dec 2010.

  1. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Guys im sure alot of you will be going away leaving your tanks well being in the hands of a non reefer and hoping it will be hundreds when you return,

    here are a few small tips to assist in making sure your tankj survives the holiday period and you get some well deserved rest (not stressing about the tank)

    Pack food portions to be fed into plastic bank bags:, weather it be frozen or flake dont underestimate your fishes effect on a nonreefer and tehir ability to urge them to give just that one more pinch.

    check auto top up equipment: if its going to fail it will do so while you are away so either disable the ATU and pre prepare water into buckets for the housesitter to use. or provide bottled water but this tiome of years sees many ATU's go on the blink for some reason

    Have a competent reefer on speedial: get somebody who has an understanding of marines to watch your tank if this cant be done get somebody not going away to be able to attend to your tank in the case of an emergency.

    i wrote my trusty friend clintons number on the tank in koki do this if you have to!

    please add to the thread, like the tragedies that happen on the roads every years we have an equal number of deaths in our aquariums due to the simple lack of planning.

    be prepared and have a festive, festive season.
     
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  3. Annoying

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    Great ideas! I would just like to add, that you should check all your equipment and just give them an inspection to prevent a problem that could happen. Also try feeding the fish a few weeks prior to leaving more food to fatten them up, the extra fat reserves will come in handy when the non-reefer accidentily forget to feed the fish;)
     
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    I am in Jhb all Dec, so if any JHB Reefers need a hand, they can leave my number
     
  5. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    good suggestions guys
    Im also available for the E.L. guys or anyone in general needing advice telephonically.

    glad to help out where i can.
     
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    Im also in jhb the whole of december
     
  7. danimal

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    great idea, thanks! im leaving for the states on wednesday for 3 weeks, and i must say i've been a tad worried leaving it for that long.... got 200L of RO standing by, enough food last a month, and a mates number stuck on the tank!
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    good prep, i went to the UK for 3 weeks a few years ago and all was fine with the method outlined above so its proven :)

    enjoy your holiday..
     
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    some good advice there buddy;) have you taken my number off your tank yet btw? :p
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    ha ha ya i finally have :)
     
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    Those really are great tips!!
     
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    I would also teach the tank sitter how to open an urgent help needed thread on MASA and dont neglect to tell them to b patient with advice coming to them
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    Great idea Les, just one question about putting the number on the tank, how does he get the number if the glass breaks? just joking, touch wood!

    I fortunately have a system that checks the vitals and warns me via my cell phone, gives you peace of mind that should something fail you will get a message, hopefully.
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    stop showing off :tt2:
     
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    Perhaps the guys who are staying home and are prepared to help out should leave their cell numbers. If there is an emergency the non-reefer can phone someone for immediate help.
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    show off :)
     
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    Cape Town guys - i'm around and have +- 800L of RO and 1.5tons of salt ready
     
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    :lol:, I was sick of always worrying about the tank, now I have too!
     
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    I am avaliable in the East Rand Area for emergencies - Pm me for my cell no as back up and your address if the Paw Paw hits the Fan!:thumbup:
     
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    Is that not too much salt?:lol:
     
  21. HenkHugo

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    naw - its in 26kg buckets :D

    got another 4 tons on its way :D
     
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