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shootingstar26 05-20-2010 09:02 PM

Leaving plants for vacation?
Hey forum

So I'm going on vacation for a week, and I'm not sure what to do about my aquarium plants. How will they get light? Will they be okay?

redchigh 05-21-2010 09:30 AM

You don't have a timer?!

Go buy a timer.
Are there fish in the tank?

Angel079 05-21-2010 08:15 PM

I'd just go to the hardware store too get a timer for few bucks, hook up and done; I do that to all my tanks vacation or not soooo much easier.

shootingstar26 05-21-2010 09:35 PM

Can I have an example?

And yes, there are fish.

also: 8hrs of light, right?

Angel079 05-22-2010 06:44 AM

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.

shootingstar26 05-22-2010 11:28 PM

I bought a timer, so that fixes the the light problem.

I'll only be gone 8 days. My fish should be fine, shouldn't they?

Byron 05-23-2010 01:45 PM

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.

Angel079 05-25-2010 09:27 PM

+1 I left my tanks alone for 1 week plus at times and all was perfectly fine with the fish when I returned. Fry however needs more attention and can not be left alone/ unfed over this period of time.

aunt kymmie 05-25-2010 11:09 PM

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.

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