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So I'm going on vacation for a week, and I'm not sure what to do about my aquarium plants. How will they ...
Example for what? A Timer? Just go to Lowes, Ace, Homedepot what ever is close by you and buy whatever brand Timer you can find there and set it for 8hrs day and be done with it.
I'd worry less about plants with lights being on timers then the duration of your vacation - Fish can be w/out food for several days but if you'll be gone 2-3 weeks I'd def have someone come and feed them a few times during this vacation.
Healthy mature (i.e., not fry) fish can go days without feeding. If they are well-fed, by which I mean they have been feeding normally now and have no issues, they are probably better off with no food for a week than risking someone with no knowledgeable experience trying to feed them.
I agree, forgo the feeding while you're gone. I have to go out of town for five days. How will my baby RCS babies fare? Anything special I should do for that tank? Heavily planted, not much algae to speak of.