Vacation

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  1. andries

    andries

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    Hey Guys

    I would like to know what do most of you do with your tank if you go on vacation?:) Cause as far as I know you can't really leave them alone?
     
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  3. Anemone

    Anemone

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    We don't take vacations!!! LOL

    See if you can ask a friend or neighbor to check in on your tank for you.
     
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    No need for a vacation if you have the ocean in your living room ;) Ask one of the guys who do maintenance do look at it for a week or two...try Nemos Janitor or ask Lanzo

    Better than the neighbour / friend
     
  5. Annoying

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    Yip vacation is for sissies:lol:. Haha no there's a few things you can do...
    • Depending on how long you are going away you can start a few weeks early and feed more food then usually making the fish as fat as possible so they can survive a few days without food.
    • Make sure all your pumps and skimmers are clean when you loeave so nothing can go wrong there.
    • Make sure your overflow and sump is correct because Eishkom is very enreliable and if the sump overflows it is horrible.
    • Make sure your heater is correct to prevent overheating
    • Put your skimmer to more on the dry side to prevent frequent cleaning for the person who is looking after the tank.
    • Shorten the lighting period to prevent to much algae growth and to give more sleeping time for fish to slow down their eating rate.
    • If you can only ask a neighbour to help print out a sheet with what they have to do and what they should do in times when something goes wrong (skimmer overflow,sump overflow,fish doesn't look healthy,dead fish etc)
    • Make your own food that you can freeze and tell the neighbour they should only feed the amount you want eg. half a ice cube size or something like that(there are a few posts on MASA of how you can make your own fish food)
    Hope this helps, happy vacation:thumbup:
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Perhaps get a web-cam and set this up, that you can monitor the tank's progress yourself. And just have someone "stand by" with a decent list of instructions of "what to do" for in case there really is an "emergency".

    Do not let someone else feed the fish (sorry Annoying - I have done this, and they ALWAYS tend to overfeed).... rather use a automatic feeder...

    Fish CAN get by with less food for a short period of time - they still tend to do very well even if left for 3 to 4 days without any food......

    [EDIT] the biggest problem with any tank, is either freshwater evaporation, while your are gone, and/or power-failures.
     
  7. Annoying

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    I also thaught of automatic feeders but I heard allot of complaints about them throwing out all their food killing the entire tank... or do you maybe have a new type?
     
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    I dont think one can enjoy and relax on holiday if you are worried about your tank. I'm sure one of the reefers would oblige and pop in every day or so to check if all is okay and if it is not a reefer, I agree, you have to make sure they dont over feed the fish.
     
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    i agree with the last line 100%. power failures are a killer!!!
     
  10. andries

    andries Thread Starter

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    Thanks Guys

    hehe eyerone needs a break:p but i don't think you'll really relax unless your sure their in very good hands. and call in every hour:whistling: but I'll keep it for future references thanks Annoying
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Annoying - I had one that fed a little bit up to 4 times a day. It depends on how you set your automatic feeder. Mine never dumped "too much" food into the tank. Only issue I had - you can only either use pellets or flakes with automatic feeders. Not frozen food.

    Also the flakes MIGHT get clogged up, due to damp...... but, as I said - your fish will definitely still survive, believe me!
     
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    You right there Jacques, I ended up just using bits(pellets) because of clogging.
     
  13. Singularity

    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    That is why the eheim auto feeders have a connection point for an air pump, keeps everything nice and dry, they are also the best auto feeders in IMO but pricey
     
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    Wow, looks like a wicked auto feeder. Going to get a price.
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    They are +/- R800 brent :p
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    Bit more info

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    1) Two independent feeding hoppers allows you to offer two types of food
    2) Works with flake, pellets, freeze dried or food sticks
    3) A total of 80 ml of food capacity in each hopper
    4) Up to 3 feeding cycles per hopper for a total of up to 6 feedings a day
    5) Nine levels of portion control for each feeding cycle, feed more in the morning, less at night
    6) Each hopper is aerated to prevent food clumping
    7) Digital display for current time and portion allotment for each feeding cycle
    8) Optional “random” feeding cycle
    9) Battery life display
    10) Batteries included
     
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    Thats a nice tool to have!:thumbup:

    How long does the food last if it feeds like mentioned?
     
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    Bob the (reef)builder

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    A very big mistake that people make is fixing up a couple of things, clean pumps etc. because of a holiday but doing it the day before or the morning they leave.

    Always take care of these things a week at least before you leave as these little adjustments very often bite us in the backside. As we know so many things need fine-tuning or break down or jamb soon after a maintenance job.
     
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