- Help, I'm going away for a month! What to do?
by oleg-at-netcom.com (Oleg Kiselev) (Mon, 5 Dec 1994)
by oleg-at-netcom.com (Oleg Kiselev)
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 1994
In article <3bt80f$maa-at-risky.ecs.umass.edu>,
Noel Llopis <nllopis-at-risky.ecs.umass.edu> wrote:
>- What is the absolute maximum time that the aquarium can spend
> unnatended? I'm thinking of having someone come once a week,
> is that enough?
it can be enough. it would be better if you could have someone come by 2-3
times/week and feed the fish very small amounts of food,
>- What do I do with the light? On or off? It gets very little window
> light, although enough for the fish to "wake up" in the morning.
get a timer. wal-mart and home depot have them for less than $10.
yourplants may not survive a month of twighlight.
>- What is the minimum temperature that the room can stay at? I
> imagine it wouldn't be a good idea to lower it to 40F :) but I'm
> not sure if 50 would be OK.
for danios i would not go below 65F. the room can probably cool down to
55F. if you are not the one paying for the utilites, crank the heat up! :-)
>- Should I change a bunch of water before I go? Better not?
yes. but try to not exceed your normal water change by too much.
um... you said you had those fish for 1 week. how long has the tank been
set up? if it's been running for less than a month, and has not yet fully
cycled, you may have some very severe problems...
>- How about those "weeked food pellets". Is there anything like
> "month food pellets" :)?
don't even think about those things. they are horrid things invented by
unprincipalled people who want to separate naiive aquarium owners from
significant ammounts of cash.
>- Any other things I should take care of?
find someone who can come in 2-3 time/week and show them exactly how you
feed your fish and what you feed them and how much.
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