Prepare your aquarium before you go on vacation

by Owen James

I suspect fragd.it aims to eventually be a North American supplier of coral frags, but for now it’s a pretty enthusiastic supplier of entertaining coral-related blog posts.

There’s a nice one up today on preparing a tank before you go on holiday:

So raise your hand if you skipped going away to somewhere abroad because you were unsure if your tank can handle 2-3 weeks of unsupervision. Now raise the other hand if you contemplated getting a tank babysitter for the duration of your time off. If right now you have both hands up, you would look like someone who does come from a vacation only to find his/her tank’s contents on the carpet. Hands in the air with disbelief on their face.

Too true. Sadly, I’ve been there. If you’ve not, thank your stars then read the full post for the seven tip pre-holiday checklist and make sure it never happens to you!

I’ve suffered two disasters when away, and no big mishaps at all when I’ve been at home, so I’m certain the fishy Grim Reaper has an insider at the Heathrow departure lounge.

First time, my then-flatmate lived on oblivious as various beautiful marine fish in my four-foot student tank went belly-up in a heatwave. On asking why she didn’t alert me if anything was amiss, as requested, she said she thought they were ‘tropical’ fish. She basically didn’t look in the tank for a week. Funnily, I moved out soon after.

I was too guilty to keep marines for a while – it was by far the worst fishkeeping disaster in my career, and I don’t reveal it here lightly – but a few years later I had a protein skimmer spring a leak. At the time I was taking my first three-day break (if you can call attending a wedding a break!) in nearly a year, having been working 24/7 at a start-up company for months.

Seven hours after the leak sprang later, I returned to find the landlady had travelled down and entered the flat, as well as a true friend who had also travelled cross-country to investigate the problem. How did we all know about it? Because the flat downstairs was being flooded.

Luckily the pump inlet was only a few inches underwater (one of several paranoid precautions I tend to take these days) so only about 10 per cent of the tank’s volume was lost. No lasting harm done. Well, except to the ceiling of the apartment below. And, prior to my paying for redecoration, to neighborly and landlord/tenant relations. And eventually to my bank balance.

Yep, it’s been ground floor living for me all the way since then…

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