I didn't see it mentioned here. But if you get a wifi thermostat for your house heat and Ac. You can help keep your tank at the right temp right from your phone.
Eep! 20 years ago I went off to college. Sold off my most sensitive species. Thought my mom, who is an avid gardener, would be able to handle it. Came home to a glass box full of algae, dead coral, and four really fat fish. I don't think a webcam is going to save you. If your parents aren't reefers, you should probably either take it with you or break it down.This is a great write-up! I may have to get myself a webcam as I'm heading off to college in a couple months and the tank care will be in the hands of my parent's, who aren't familiar with aquarium husbandry in the slightest. Yikes! We often leave the care of our animals in the hands of a house sitter, sometimes for month-long stints, and I typically feel fairly confident about it, however they don't do any sort of cleaning. That's where I'm worried things may go awry. I've been making everything as automatic as possible, lights are all on timers and auto topoff, but feeding and maintenance still have to be done manually and on a regular basis.
I don't think I'll be allowed a 180 gallon fish tank in my dorm. lolEep! 20 years ago I went off to college. Sold off my most sensitive species. Thought my mom, who is an avid gardener, would be able to handle it. Came home to a glass box full of algae, dead coral, and four really fat fish. I don't think a webcam is going to save you. If your parents aren't reefers, you should probably either take it with you or break it down.
Well, my parents couldn't give a darn about the tank. So, if they love it too, you are in better shape.I don't think I'll be allowed a 180 gallon fish tank in my dorm. lol
The webcam would just be for me to check in on things and be able to point out anything I might be able to notice through the feed, although, I wont be too far away, so I can come check on it personally every-so-often.
Breaking it down is also not in the cards at all... we all enjoy the tank, I'm just the one that keeps it going. I'm going out of town for a little under a month in July, so it'll be the 'trial period' for the rest of the family and the tank. I really hope my reef doesn't meet the same fate yours did!
Woot, bring me some pig!
I recently started a job that has me travelling during the week, so I had to automate and bullet proof things to the point that my wife could care for the tank 5 days at a time. Only a few steps above being on vacation.
I've found that the 40g frag tank has a lot of trouble when we travel, whereas the 125g display is at its best when we've been away for 4 days or so. The display is pretty self-sufficient, where in the smaller tank there are only a few small fish and even at its lowest setting the automatic feeder grossly overfeeds. I am afraid to leave the small fish unfed while the larger fish have no problem with it. Additionally, the large tank has plenty of rock and sand for natural food to grow on and in, where frag racks don't harbor much life...
Just a few things to think about for those who may be planning their first big trips away from their tanks