03-11-2014, 12:38 PM
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Leaving my tank for a week
My first vacation since setting up my first tank is coming up shortly. The tank is fully cycled and appears stable. I'll do a water change right before we leave and again when we return. Lights are on timers. I'm just wondering now what to do about feeding and heating.
(a) Feeding. The tank is stocked with Zebra Danios, Red Phantom Tetras, and Rosie Tetras. They don't have a special diet at this stage... just a variety of flakes. Will they do well (individually and as a community) with one of those time-release blocks of food, or do I need to arrange for someone to feed them daily? If yes on the time-release option, what products do you recommend?
(b) Heating. The worst of the winter is likely behind us, but I'm wondering what reasonable precautions I can take in the event of a power failure. For example, is it worth adding a battery-powered heater in the tank with its thermostat set a few degrees lower than the main heater (so that it only goes on if the main heater quits)?
Any other tips on how to prepare the tank for an extended absence?