2 Week Vacation???

Taylorbudd

Member
So I'm going on vacation for 2 weeks and was wondering the best way to keep my fish fed.
Ive got the lights on timers.

Are those electric automatic feeders any good?
What about those feeder blocks that you drop in and they dissolve?

Need answer fast flying out on friday
 

SFGiantsGuy

Member
EheI'm makes a really good vac. auto-feeder. Even Petco and Petsmart have it. : )
 

aussieJJDude

Member
Whatever you do, don't get the feeder blocks that you plop into the tank. It will just foul the water.

A automatic feeder is the best way to go - trial it out prior to ensure it doesn't overfeed! - or consider asking family or a friend to come every couple of days (like 3 to 4... I know, not couple but you get the jist) to feed them. It may be worth saying how much or preportion it out!
 

SFGiantsGuy

Member
And unless you do NOT have live plants, fish actually can go a long time without eating. But if in fact you do have live plants, they can maybe eat some algae salad for a couple of weeks, and maybe once or twice for their normal food time etc. Unlike dogs and cats, in 2 weeks, fish only need to be fed uh, solidly (is that a word...?) once about every 2-4 days.
 
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smee82

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Member
Your fish will be fine for 2 weeks without any food but if your worried can you get some one to feed them prearanged food once or twice.
 
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Taylorbudd

Member
Yeah I have 2 freshwater tanks I'm worried about. They are both planted heavily.
One has 2 angelfish and a million snails.
The other load pf rainbowfish and corys
 

CanadianFishFan

Member
smee82 said:
Your fish will be fine for 2 weeks without any food but if your worried can you get some one to feed them prearanged food once or twice.
Idk about this. I feel like 2 weeks is really pushing it. I would get a auto feeder for sure for every 2-3 days at least for feeding. DONT get the topfin feeder its garbage!
 

Fashooga

Member
You should do a water change about two days before you leave. This way you can make sure there are no problems prior to you leaving.

So when you leave do a light feeding and that’s it. If you do a auto feed and it dumps too much you will comeback to a tank with problems.

You can opt for a person to come in once a week to feed but if you can’t, leave them be. They’ll be fine and you won’t have all the waste to deal with.
 

123

Member
I will be leaving for a week and I tried to collect some advice on the topic too. I was advised that a cube of potato on a string is waaay better idea than the feeding block. Just cut out a cube from the middle of a potato and use it as a feeding block. I haven't tried it yet though. The feeding blocks do not dissolve over time, they dissolve quickly and are basically useless for longer vacations. I would also drop in two boiled spinach leaves (those last to my fish 3 days at least). Also I will put in a thin slice of garlic they can snack on.
 

Alex Pasquale

Member
Yeah to be completely honest, they can go without eating for 2 weeks as long as you have live plants, and you give them a really good meal before leaving. If you are really worried about it buy an automatic fish feeder but that is not completely necessary.
 

CanadianFishFan

Member
Alex Pasquale said:
Yeah to be completely honest, they can go without eating for 2 weeks as long as you have live plants, and you give them a really good meal before leaving. If you are really worried about it buy an automatic fish feeder but that is not completely necessary.
Very true, they still have some time so they can feed lots and then they can fast for the 2 weeks.
 
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Taylorbudd

Member
My roomate said **** feed them so were all good. I just didnt want to bother him aa hes really busy
 

SFGiantsGuy

Member
Oh ok. Yeah good man/roommate! Heh
 

Fashooga

Member
Taylorbudd said:
My roomate said feed them so were all good. I just didnt want to bother him aa hes really busy
Tell him feed them once a week. This way is better. He might decide to overfeed and and you might risk ammonia spike.
 

aussieJJDude

Member
Fashooga said:
Tell him feed them once a week. This way is better. He might decide to overfeed and and you might risk ammonia spike.
And preportion it out IMO...
 
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Taylorbudd

Member
Too late now as I'm about to fly but I just said every 3 days and showed him how much
 

jack22

Member
Turn off your house heater... just in case a cold front comes in and evaporate all your tank water
: )
 
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Taylorbudd

Member
Heaters set to 78 and turn off automatically.
I'm a week into my vacation now so its all systems go crossed fingers until I get home.
Roomate hasnt reported any casualties so far.
 

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