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Old 09-27-2013, 12:32 PM   #1 
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Water changes during travel??

I currently have three divided 10g tanks, one 6.6g, one 5g, and one 20g sorority. They are all heavily planted/filtered/heated/cycled.

I know a lot of fish keepers run into this issue, but I am possibly needing to be out of town for almost 2 weeks (11 days) in October. I will do a 50-75% water change the day before I leave. I have someone to turn on and off lights accordingly, and they may be able to do a mid-week water change on the smaller tanks, but how would I handle water changes on the 10's and 20 gallon tanks? How long can they respectively go without a water change??

Advice please!!!
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:46 PM   #2 
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Well you know more about the chemistry of these tanks as anyone.
I will say I have left my tanks for this period of time without having any trouble.


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Old 09-27-2013, 03:44 PM   #3 
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Your fully cycled tanks should be fine going 11 days without a water change. My 10g has gone 2 weeks without a water change. Personally I would invest in some timers for the lights. I would actually not feed them for the 11 days OR I would only have them fed twice.
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Thanks for the info. I have a roommate (sister) that will take care of feeding and lights. Due to time and volume, she offered to only do the small tanks (bad back & shoulder). I planned to have her only feed every other day, but may go to every third day to save water quality even more. :)
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:12 PM   #5 
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uh, maybe she could handle a small water change in the big tanks? You know, something like 25%. I don't know if it would be practical or not. Just a thought.
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