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Chris3323
08/03/2010, 08:55 PM
I've had my mixed reef up and running for about a year and a half now. Its pretty evenly divided on zoanthids, softies, lps, and sps. I am in love with sps though and that is what is keeping me in the hobby. The problem comes up that I am going away to school in the spring (january). My tank is staying here and no one in my family is wanting to take care of it. Thus, it is on its own.

My plan is to leave it up and running taking care of itself. I am going to remove all fish since I obviously will not be able to feed them. I am going to take out all softies so they do not grow out of control. And I am going to leave all sps and keep collecting up until the day I leave.

I've got an ATO will be purchasing an apex lite controller and a couple of dosing pumps.

What am I missing? What could go wrong? Ultra low nutrients would make color insane. Growth will seem like a lot because I will not be seeing it often. Any ideas? I am beginning the setup and planning now. Any advice would be great!

mutateddogbone
08/03/2010, 09:05 PM
dosing pumps/calcium reactor.
controller for lights and heat
a very good friend or family member to know what the tank is sposed to look like and do routine maintenance I.E. water changes, feed corals, etc.
change your bulbs

and FYI, you want some nutrients, its actually beneficial to have a fish or 2 to feed your corals in case your family lapses on the coral food. nobody ever forgets to feed fish

EDIT: A LIST OF BACKUP PLANS, CONTACTS, FAILSAFES, EMERGENCY LEAK INFO.... you can never be to cautious

Mmckibben
08/03/2010, 09:22 PM
Get profilux and an I touch. You can then monitor your aquarium from any where in the world as long as you have an internet connection.

BFG
08/04/2010, 01:04 AM
My suggestion is to shut the tank down if school is really important to you. You do not want to be distracted due to the tank. You can get all the automation you want but it will still require input from the owner. And you do not want to be pulled back to the tank whilst doing a project or something for the school. You can start the tank again after finishing school.