Vacations vs Tanks ???

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Zandy, 21 Oct 2013.

  1. Zandy

    Zandy

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    Just wondering, what do most people do when they go on vacation , who is taking care of your tank?
     
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  3. mariusmeyer

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    I just get a friend to feed the fish.
     
  4. Henkie

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    We get people to feed the dogs, so she takes care of the tank too.

    I do leave her 2 fellow reefers numbers to phone if an emergency pops up.
     
  5. Express Reef

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    Got a fellow reefer staying just one street behind me... if he goes on holiday I watch his tank and he does mine when im gone..
     
  6. Zandy

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    mmmmm well wish i could do the same. Always a problem with the dogs and the tanks....I would gladly do that for someone in exchange for doing it for me but yes no reefers near where i stay. Does any Sponsors offer these services? You always just see people that can feed your dogs but never ones that actually knows tanks...
     
  7. Charl_Stanhope

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    Leave a FAT note and have everything ready for the person looking after my tank, top up water, CA,MG etc etc etc. With a note -skip these steps and you could kill all these pretty things:lol: I take these pill holders(below) and add the amount of food I would like that person to feed my fish - morning and evening. Only flakes and pellets while Im away.

    Before I got my auto doser I added whatever that person needed to dose in little containers ,to add once a day. Then also a fellow reefers number stuck on the tank in case of emergencies.[​IMG]
    Might be a bit overkill, but has worked well for me.
     
  8. Zandy

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    Well that sounds like me...Miss Paranoid..! LOL
     
  9. brentv

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    Not paranoia,
    I've returned from many a trip to find my tank looking like hell!
    Honestly best is to get another reefer to pop in and check and write a list of possible checks including all equipment isn't blocked, overflows etc.
    It's cheaper to buy a mate a nice coral for looking after your tank, or a box of chocolates if you a cheapskate than to lose loads of livestock;)
     
  10. MistaOrange

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    :peroni: cheers to that boet...
     
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    Lucky bugger.
     
  12. Charl_Stanhope

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    Agree, rather safe than sorry.
     
  13. shaunn

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    Vacations whats that my tank is my Vacation
     
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    i dont think holiday and reef tanks can be put in the same sentence
     
  15. jclaas

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    Lights are controlled by 24htimers, auto feeder provides food, ATO will be next for auto top off and dosing pump for those who dose.
     
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    What happens when one of those fail and the person looking after your tank has no idea on what to do?
     
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    When going away for weekends I am a risk taker:blush:. For longer periods human interaction is for better peace of mind.
     
  18. jimilutz

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    I have an auto feeder that feeds multiple times a day for the antheas etc. when I go on holiday I put a fresh battery in, fill up the food and increase the dosage to make up for the lack of frozen foods. The lights are controlled with timers. I have a 200Ah ups. My ATO is connected to a 70l bucket of RO with a few buckets that the dog feeder can use after two weeks if needed. I put a note on the tank instructing "no touching anything". I set the skimmer to dry and remove the filter pads in case they block and it causes an overflow.

    I went on holiday three times in the last year (once for a month to Oz) and the only mishap was when a SunSun wave maker came loose and this was diagnosed with the help of Skype and my maid managed to get it reconnected.
     
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    Being away from your tank.

    for this year, I've been away for 23 weeks. We are now in week 43 of the year.
    I got my brother feeding flakes and nori. Top up the RO drum once or twice a week depending. The RO drum is those big 250L plastic containers.
    Further have 2 autofeeders running 3 times each a day feeding small pellets. 2 different types of pellets.

    I got my main DSB and remote DSB. Main 80 by 60cm and remote 120 by 45cm with playsand. Main for some reason the last month got settlement accumulating. Siphon most off, will do it again this weekend.

    I do not dose anything. It is a softy system and not that dependent as SPS. Even my calsium reactor is empty and last time I filled it was in January. My PH is slowly dropping again, but as long as it stays within the same range per day, do not worry.

    Only issue I had, the ATU switch fell off. Need to make another plan soon as those rubbers do not last.

    Best part of being away so much. I can really see the difference it makes to your tank by keeping your hands out of the water.
     
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    I am installing at least two completely separated circulation systems and auto dosing this time.

    Also going to get someone to visit once a day that know about tanks.

    Thinking of renting my house to a vaalie based reefer when I go on holiday again. ;-)
     
  21. williet

    williet Look at the shiny LEDs!!!

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    Mine is easy ! Everything is automated
    Father in-law just tops up the RO tank and sits and drinks a glass of wine I supply while watching my tank. He calls it his "quiet time"
     
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