Feeding Fish (vacation)

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by KyleJ, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. KyleJNew MemberMember

    I have a tank with platys, Tetras and guppies. I am going on vacation for 3 full days and am a bit worried about the fish not being fed. I usually feed once a day. Have you guys had experiences of leaving your fish for a while without food? Will they be ok? Relatively new tank without any live plants.
  2. FishFish221

    FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    Previously healthy fish will be okay for at least a week without food, so it should be okay.
  3. BottomDweller

    BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    They should be fine :)

  4. mollybabesWell Known MemberMember

    Can't you get a neighbour to feed them. I wouldn't leave them without food for a week

  5. KO_

    KO_Valued MemberMember

    OP said it is only 3 days.
    The tank will be perfectly fine. If anything its actually a good thing to fast fish every once in a while. I travel for work and anything 5 days and under I don't even ask my wife to do anything with my tanks.

    I would feed them followed by a water change the day before you go and everything will be alright!
  6. BottomDweller

    BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    I believe the OP is only gone for 3 days, not a week.
    In my experience getting a non-fishkeeper to look after tanks causes more harm than good

    Edit: KO beat me to it :D
  7. OP

    KyleJNew MemberMember

    Yeah mollybabes, just 3 days. Thanks everyone makes me feel better about being gone for a few days.
  8. NatalyaWell Known MemberMember

    They also have cheap automatic feeders, I bought mine at walmart. You put in the flakes, regulate how much you want to be dropping, and add fresh battery. I used mine while I was away for 2 days
  9. Fashooga

    FashoogaFishlore VIPMember

    Leave them alone, no need to feed while your away. I fast my fish for two days a week, think of this as fasting for your fish.
  10. JeffK

    JeffKWell Known MemberMember

    I just returned from a vacation - fed my fish and did a 40-50% water change Sunday, left early Monday, returned late Thur night, fed the fish and did a water change on Friday - no problems at all. One other suggestion I'd make is to keep the lights off while you're gone. The fish will be less active. Since they're not eating for a few days, they'll also produce less waste, so your nitrate level will be fine.
  11. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    I agree not to bother feeding for those 3 days. I've left my fish for 10 days without feeding and they were all perfectly fine when I got back. Drop the temp a couple of degrees and it slows their metabolism as well.
  12. purslanegardenWell Known MemberMember

    Just to confirm what others said, I've also gone as long as 7 days without feeding the fish (due to trying to cure some problems in their tank). So 3 days would be fine.

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