what to do when going on holiday?

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    hi guys

    so i am going on holiday end of the month for 6days. :hello2:

    my question is as follow...

    i dont have a timer for my lights or a feeder for my tank, witch is best to leave the lights on for 6 days or off? :BangHead:

    and how long could my fish go without food?

    please help?
     
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    Timers cost about R100, so it's worth it to get one. If not, rather leave the lights off. I'm sure your fish will be fine for 6 days without food (unless you are growing out baby discus or something), make sure you are up to date with your maintenance before you leave.
     
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    Hi Worsie

    I would say leave the lights off or buy a timer if you have plants. A timer isnt expensive. Feed your fish the day you leave and the day you return. They will be fine for a week without their regular feeding.
     
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    wow i didnt know my fish could last that long without food lol i feed them twice a day and they munch like crazy! but its only guppies and tetras and now a whole bunch of shrimp!
     
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    I have lights set on timer , they are dirt cheap anything from R50 - 200..
    I toss in a few of those holiday food tablet things , and never had a problem ..
     
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    worsie - take a trip to chaimberlains (sp.) or Builder, and get a timer. Then set the timer to be on from 07h00 to 12h00 and then again from 14h00 to 19h00. Basically 2x 5hour stints with a 2hour break inbetween.

    I am at home, but both tanks are still on timers.

    But before you decide on timers and lights on, ask the tough question - what do you do with your tropica CO2? Do you fill it as normal, or do you fill it right up. With lights on, you going to need CO2 but this, maybe an expert will give advice.
     
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    i didnt even think about the tropica CO2... iesh! :violent1:

    well the tank went 6months without CO2 so im sure 6 days wont be to bad... or am i wrong?
     
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    what i do is instead of having 4 lamps, i use 2, lower the CO2 a little, feed the fish well for a week before leaving then when i come back things are back to normal again..

    some differences though:
    i have pressurised CO2 with solenoid and i have a timer for the lights and the CO2..

    you shouldnt leave your tank like this for more than 2 weeks though..

    how many lights and what plants do you have in your tank?
     
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    The shrimps are food that's way they are there best Holliday food out there.
    Lights get a timer
     
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    lights i have one 18w tube... plants lots! my tank is full of about 20 types of plants!
     
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    your light isnt that strong, i would stop the CO2, add a little excell before i go, add a timer for the lights and things should be ok..

    maybe have your lights running for only 6 hrs a day.. that should keep the algaes away :)
     
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    cool thanks guys!!! :notworthy:
     
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    Hi What and where can one get timers? Would this be something that Brights might stock? What should one look for brandwise?
     
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    Brights do stock them. the last time i got one from them i paid R125 for a digital one. the anolog ones go for like R60 or so. you should also find them at pick & pay
     
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    @ Worsie when going on holiday relax and have fun that is what you should do when going on holiday :laughing7:
     
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    Thanks @Pierre07, is there a specific brand I should look at, what are you using?
     
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    Can not remember the brand but brights only stock one brand and they work just fine :headbang:
     
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    trust me dude... there will be a whole lot of :occasion14: and relaxing going on!!!
     
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    Makro sells the Tedelex electronic for R99 every now and then just check the website. Just dont mix electronic with analog if you are running CO2 because they will go out of sync because the digitals have battery backup.
     
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    sounds like you have a bit of experience :p
     

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