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Curious how you manage being gone for more than a few days? I have auto top off that will last two weeks, no problem. I have an auto feeder, but haven't taken it out of the box yet. I imagine you folks with large setups and lots invested do something more than this. Do you have reef sitters or some such? Need some ideas. Thank you!

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I have various fvriends and relatives who  will come by once a day to feed and add supplements.  My daughter even knows how to check alk for me using my hanna!

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I use the apex, i love the trident and alkatronic. i set up the AFS to feed pellets, the DOS does 10% water changes on sundays and doses the 2 part. The Versa doses the KZ products i use with exception to the refrigerated products. but im working on a solution for that using a 4 can micro fridge. 

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Wyze cam, auto feeder, setup a bigger temporary ATO reservoir. Adjust skimmer to barely skim or turn it off. Biggest thing I do is simulate nobody being around for the exact or longer amount of time before I leave. I also have someone come check 1-2 times a week. I have a 24 gallon cube.


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Autofeeder and large RO with float valve topoff.  For anything longer than 3 days I have someone come check on things in person.

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My have a rodi hose i connect to my topoff for when i leave the house for any time longer than a week. it has 2 float valves and the line has a neptune solenoid valve that will shut the valve off if the salinity get to low or trips the high level sensor in the sump. i us the tunze ato that will shut off as well with its sensors if it runs to long.   

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what i like to do is watch my apex and get reaaaaaal paranoid. 

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Pet sitter or friend to feed frozen in the evening every day (and my doggos), coupled with remote monitoring (apex with trident and a security camera) for piece of mind.
Water change right before and right after.


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All my systems will go a week without needing any attention.  I  have autofeeders and either ATOs or large sumps that will handle at least a weeks worth of evaporation.  A couple of my systems go 2-3 weeks without needing any attention like this one in my thread here:  https://www.austinreefclub.com/topic/40758-icp-test-results-90-gallon-mixed-reef-w-tapwater/ 

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