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 Post subject: AP and vacations....
PostPosted: Jul 17th, '17, 21:39 
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So my AP system is about 1 year old. Since that time I've been very reluctant to leave the system unattended while on a family vacation.

Plants need some attention (e.g. removal of pesky leaf eating caterpillars)
Fish need to eat....
The water in my system evaporates and needs to be replaced.


I left the system unattended for 3 days. When I got back much to be harvested, many big caterpillars eating away. The poor fish were hungry but okay.


Hard for me to enjoy (be fully present on vacation) while wondering what's going on back home.

What do you do?


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 Post subject: Re: AP and vacations....
PostPosted: Jul 17th, '17, 21:47 
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1. Need float valve with back up water tank

2. auto fish feeder

don't know what to do about caterpillars

I can leave mine a week with out too much worry.

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 Post subject: Re: AP and vacations....
PostPosted: Jul 18th, '17, 00:01 
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Fish can go for at least a couple of weeks without being fed so you really don't have to have the auto-feeder.

For the caterpillars you could treat with BT before you go, otherwise just consider that your fattening them up to feed to the fish.

I have a reliable adult check on the system every few days when I'm gone. They can remove any dead fish or alert you to other problems. If you had someone who knows AP and might need you to check theirs at some point, great, otherwise pay someone you trust. If I had higher fish loads I'd have them check more frequently.


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