Fish Feeding During 3 Weeks Vacation Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by gordonhtfu, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. gordonhtfu

    gordonhtfuNew MemberMember

    I have a couple of blood cichlids in the 120 Gallon tank. I am planning to go on a vacation for 3 weeks and would like to get a good way to feed the fish periodically. The flakes I feed is
    TetraCichlid Cichlid Crisps Advanced Clear Water Formula

    Personal Experience:
    I have used Eheim Everyday Fish Feeder before in my last vacation for a week. However, when I came back, the fish started wounds and holes on the head, which I guess is due to overfeeding.

    I am also wary of using this for 3 weeks in the coming trip ... because I feel that more food is going to be dropped by the feeder in the first week when the feeder is more full and there will be a lot less food dropped in the last week when the feeder is less full.
  2. nikm128

    nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    I would think it's designed to feed evenly whether it's full or almost empty
  3. NiHa

    NiHaValued MemberMember

    I wonder if there a food timer which can feed only one time a day , that will be great for this
  4. nikm128

    nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    I think auto feeders can be set to specific times
  5. Hunter1

    Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    For 10 days or less I recommend letting them fast.

    In your case, I would premeasure food out in pill containers and have someone come by and drop the premeasured food in.

    I have someone come by every 3 days and that has worked great for me.

    I don’t have cichlids so that may not work for them.
  6. The_fishy

    The_fishyWell Known MemberMember

    I use this, however, my tank is also smaller than yours and there are less days on the wheel than what you need. There is a dial in the middle to set feeding times and an air pump can be hooked to an inlet to help stop the food from sticking to the feeder.

    Although this particular product may not work for you, maybe you could DIY something similar if the other suggestions won’t work for your situation.
  7. Cichlidude

    CichlidudeWell Known MemberMember

    I use the all the time and I sit by my tank. Been using it for years to feed once a day. Just check it every month and you're set.

    Oh, and I use the same food you are.