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whiskey
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PostSubject: holiday schedule   Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:15 am

Im taking a break soon and going away for 2 weeks so i would like to no a few things
i will be having a workmate to stay to feed my pepps and 6 tetras
I dont want him doing water changes or messing with the tank
1. can i leave tank for 2 weeks with no water change,i have a internal 800l /ph filter and a external 800 l/ph
2.should i do a big water change the day i leave say 25%, or better to do a few small ones every day for 3 days b4 i go?
3.when i return should i do water changes as stated in 2.
4.should he feed less cause of no water changes?
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PostSubject: Re: holiday schedule   Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:43 am

First thing first, have a great holiday cheers

Q1. & 4.
Your filter should be OK for two weeks without a water change, to aid this I would only feed the fish every other day because 1. reduces the risk of overfeeding and 2. will encourage the fish to look for any uneaten food that may have been missed. So long as your fish are healthy less food for 2 weeks will not be a problem.

Q2.
Water changes should be done in the days before you leave and not on the actual day, on the actual day there is always a chance of problems, like forgetting to turn something back on. The amount of water changes will depend on your water parameters, you want them all to be at acceptable levels the evening before you leave.

Q3.
As soon as it's convenient, unless the fish are showing signs of distress then ASAP, after you return a 20% water change should be made.

Are you showing your fishsitter what needs doing in the time before you go?

Any dried foods could be prepared and put in something like a daily pill organiser, which will also reduce any danger of overfeeding.

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PostSubject: Re: holiday schedule   Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:37 pm

I definately agree with not changing the water on the day you leave. I once did a large change on my discus tank about half an hour before i caught a train to the airport. The following day, i got a phonecall from my Dad to say i'd forgotten to turn the electric back on, and had lost all but about 2 of my discus. As you can imagine, i didn't enjoy my time away as much as i should have!

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PostSubject: Re: holiday schedule   Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:13 am

Thx guys. Great Info. Appretiate it
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