Vacation Time!!!

  1. dbl

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    jsker Reefing is all about the adventure R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Article Contributor Partner Member

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    Thank you for putting this up.
    All I need is my feeder and Net Cam
     
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    Its also important to be a member of an aquarium club so you can find someone qualified to call in case of an emergency.
    I have saved many club members Reef tanks over the years and also their house itself because I actually knew what to do when they called to say there is a problem. That's an important benefit of being in a club having qualified person to go to in an emergency.
     
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    Excellent point Ed. If you have a club, there are likely qualified tank sitters you can use, and return the favor. Great point sir.
     
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    Baby Ray Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for writing this up :)
    I am leaving on vacation this summer for a whole week and it will be the longest I have been away from my tank.
    I am super nervous about it :confused:
     
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    Completely understand being nervous. I was too the first time I left the tank. Didn't actually enjoy getting away, and I had prepared as above. Everything was fine and it was a relief. Each time after that has been easier knowing I've done all I can do.
     
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    Great thread!
     
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    Excellent write up! I went on a vacation this winter and really struggled to try to come up with my own list similar to this one, it definitely would have made me feel more comfortable to be able to check mine against this, and I know it will help many other members!
     
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    Excellent information. We go on two week or longer vacations and so far I've been lucky with my tank sitter amd making things as simple as possible for them. Never had any issues that were catastrophic.

    Cheers,
    Alex
     
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    @dbl great minds make one awesome thread.
    Nothing to fill in, all is covered and solid.
    Love the postcard part.

    That postcard gives me a great idea. ;)
     
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    Great info...
    Thx!
     
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    Thanks for the helpful information! I'm a newbie & the thread was definitely informative for me.
     
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    Have a list of local buddy reefers name and phone numbers by the tank for your tank sitter to call in case she/he runs into issue while you are not reachable.
     
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    Thx for the info, perfect timing. Am going to Puerto Rico for a week this summer and just started putting together all my tank fail safes.
     
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    Indeed @Diesel! Hopefully our little thread will help some people prepare and have a great time away.
     
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    I usually throw an extra heater in the sump and powerhead in the tank and set the extra return pump out next to the tank in case something happens. That way things are already handy if something goes wrong. They just have to plug them in.
     
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    I have in the works a run book for our system's. This outlines all the equipment and procedures for care as well as troubleshooting guides, how and why things work (nitrogen cycle etc) and the contact information of local feeders and lfs. The idea is that someone who knows very little could at least care for the systems, and someone who knows reefing but not my systems would be able to come up to speed quickly.

    Something I have not heard mentioned that I feel is very important for sitters is warnings regarding the dangers of the tank, equipment, and inhabitants (foxface, palytoxin, electrocution, etc)

    A side note: I took a weekend vacation for RaP and assumed the tanks would be fine. I had someone stop in Saturday night to feed the cats and they called me "the big tank is making a lot of noise." I had forgotten to fill my top-off and it had run dry. Because of many of the other organizational tips listed here I was able to easily describe to him where in my home to get 5G of rodi and how to make sure the water level in the sump was good and refill the resivoir enough to cover until I returned. Moral: A little bit of planning and organization can go a long way to cover hour own bone-headed mistakes.
     
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    Thanks for putting this up! Us newbs need all the help we can get!
     
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    I'm all set except for the web cam, and that will be my request for Father's Day :). The only other eventuality is a blackout, in which case I need to have a friend be familiar with my generator.

    One additional thought for everyone who is nervous about leaving their tanks for the first time...Try a dry run while you are home. Go through the checklist and then KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF THE TANK AND EQUIPMENT FOR A WEEK. It just might help with you addiction problem too :rolleyes::D
     
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    Thank you I never actually though of having a mantinence company come and check on my tank
     
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