I have been an avid aquarium hobbyist for many years and been working in the industry for well over 20. A common story I have heard far too many times is "I came home from vacation and everything in my tank was dead."

The last thing you want to come home to after a relaxing vacation is a crashed aquarium.

I have learned—sometimes the hard way—there are ways to prepare your tank to prevent disasters from happening while you are way. While none are 100% guaranteed reliable, the following techniques and equipment have helped me leave for business or pleasure and safely return to an aquarium teeming with life that did not even notice I was away.

An aquarium does not have to be a ball and chain that prevents you from getting away for a weekend at the beach or a holiday stay with your folks. Read on to find out how to prepare your tank for a summer sabbatical.