going away

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by zergdaddy, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. zergdaddy

    zergdaddyNew MemberMember

    Hello there I have just recently got my to cycled.I am leaving for 4 days and i am worried about leaving my fish.What steps should i take to make sure everyone is ok when i get back.How long can fish go without eating?Will I need to get a timer to turn lights on and off or will they be ok?Thanks.
  2. Cichlidude

    CichlidudeWell Known MemberMember

    4 days? Nothing to worry about. Healthy fish can go a week or longer without food.
  3. pepetj

    pepetjWell Known MemberMember


    Nothing should happen to them. Just feed them before you leave and upon arrival.

    Santo Domingo
  4. midthought

    midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    I just left my two bettas alone from Thursday afternoon until Monday night and they were just fine. Didn't even look skinny. I did a smallish water change before I left though, since I usually do it over the weekend.
  5. Nutter

    NutterFishlore VIPMember

    Seeing as the tank is just cycled I would do a 25% water change & leave it at that. Leave the lights off if you don't want to buy a timer, (though it's a good idea). Don't worry about feeding at all. Fish can go a couple of weeks without food no problem. Don't get tempted to give them an extra large feed before you go. Anything left over will just create an ammonia spike in the tank & that's when your fish will be in danger.