Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by dbl, May 2, 2016.

Vacation Time!!!

As we approach the vacation season once again, your Reef Squad thought it might be a good idea to address some of the questions that keep some...
  1. jgvergo

    jgvergo Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Hudson Valley Reef Keepers

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    ATO and DO/DI water ready to go?
     

  2. Jet915

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    Yeah, luckily I have a 5 gallon ATO reservoir that takes about 9-10 days to deplete but I will have a premixed (kalk) 5 gallon reservoir just in case. I always have 20 gallons of RODI at all times as well in my garage.
     
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    Talk about a great writeup. I know I’m getting an ATO to help with any future trips.
     
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  4. Ray Panti

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    My preparation for vacation is like that:

    I will cut the sump, I have a hob skimmer, and I bought a canister filter, I will drop the spare heater in the DT and autofeeder for the food.
    I will drop the Salinity to 1.020 so with the evaporation to not have more than 0.002- 0.004 increase (I have a 30gal DT).
    I will ask a friend to pass by once a 2-3 days and ask to add a cup of rodi water in the tank.
    I am thinking that with a canister filter is less likely for something to go wrong.
    What do you think?
     
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    What's the benefit of cutting the sump? How do you keep circulation going in there? Are you only running a skimmer in the sump?
     
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    So far I have only been gone overnight so the true test is yet to come. We are planning to take a 7-10 trip in the near future. My biggest fear is a power outage. I have a generator that saved me when I lost power for 7 days during hurricane Irma. My plan is to set it up, fueled and ready to go. It starts pretty easy and will run 8 hours on a tank of gas. Most outages we have are short, like a couple of hours.

    The next issue is a leak, unfortunately that is a tough one. Not likely to happen but if it will be a disaster. I suppose I could lessen the odds by eliminating my sump and just rely on my powerheads in the DT for circulation.

    If I lose my light I have a spare, not a great one but it may save the day.

    My ato is good for 10 days at 1 gallon per day, I don't dose anything but I suspect that will change pretty soon as the stony corals are growing nicely for a change.

    I will have someone check on things every couple of days and have the lfs on call if a problem arises.
     
  7. Ray Panti

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    The 2 powerheads will still be inside the display working, the only difference is that by cutting the sump and replace it with a canister filter and a hob filter filtration will be poor, but one week will do, by that I am avoiding disasters like overflow loosing the siphon or ato malfunction, wich will cause devastestions in my tank if I am not there to fix it wright away.
     
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    One thing i've noticed when away from the tank for 4 days is ALK consumption goes up.. I tried to simulate the reason by not touching the tank for 4 days (when home), but no conclusions. For example, Alk was 7.9 range for weeks and after 4 days away dropped to 7.2dkh. This has happened to me at least 5 times. I figured it was overfeeding when I was home but its something else.. Perhaps higher PH with no one in the house, not cleaning the glass, or that I tend to feed heavier the day before leaving. I would advice anyone leaving get there tank used to pellets on a autofeeder and increase you 2 part dosing slightly perhaps 5-10% Also, I got a cloud cam from amazon which is excellent since I leave the cabinet open so I can see the tank, lights(if there on or off), water level, ATO, Temperature, and doser, etc
     
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