Going Out Of Town. What Do I Do?

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I have a 37 gallon tank with three schools and a centerpiece fish in it. I have a Fluval Aquaclear 70 on it. I also have a Planted24 on it so the light is not going to be a problem, but I'm wondering if anyone has any tips. We're having someone come and check in on our cats but I'm wary of having them change the water in the tank. We'll be gone for three weeks and sadly we don't really know anyone in town!
 

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How long will you be gone for?
 
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greenbonsai said:
How long will you be gone for?
I just was coming back on because I realized (stupid me) that I forgot to say! We'll be gone for three weeks!
 

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The fish will be fine. Feed the morning before you leave, and do a large water change 12 hours later.

There's plenty of microfauna for the fish to feed on.
 

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Olivia Janae said:
We're having someone come and check in on our cats but I'm wary of having them change the water in the tank. We'll be gone for three weeks and sadly we don't really know anyone in town!
The largest concern I would have is feeding. If the person checking on your cats is trustworthy enough to not overfeed them then your good to go. Just make sure they know underfeeding is much safer than overfeeding them. Especially since the water won't be getting changed weekly.

Many people believe you could even safely not feed them the whole 3 weeks but I personally wouldn't.

MikeRad89 said:
The fish will be fine. Feed the morning before you leave, and do a large water change 12 hours later.

There's plenty of microfauna for the fish to feed on.
Yeah, I forgot the live plants in the equation. You can easily get away with no water changes or feeding for the 3 weeks.

And most importantly. Have fun on your trip! I'm jealous and badly need to get out of town myself.
 

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They will be fine I had a hiatus from my dads house for 6 months due to school and I wouldn't let him feed or change water in my 55 planted. I was home most weekends but they did go a whole month once with nothing at all.
 

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If your worried about feeding use the multi-pill contianers to split it up. I had to with my dad. His version of feeding my fish and cat is feeding the fish TO the cat. He wouldn't but... heh... he thinks I'm crazy to have fish.
 

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2211Nighthawk said:
His version of feeding my fish and cat is feeding the fish TO the cat. He wouldn't but... heh... he thinks I'm crazy to have fish.
Sounds like my dad and my cats would agree. I have to make sure the door to my room with aquarium is closed even if I leave for a couple hours or I would be very sorry when I get home. I've seen both cats trying to paw at and catch my Betta right in front of me during water changes.

I can't imagine what they would do without me around, but this seems more of a small tank problem. I'd think a 20+ gallon would be a little intimidating for the cats but if they're anything like my cats I still wouldn't trust them on a 3 week trip and I'd worry more about that than the water changes or feeding the fish. lol
 
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This is all so much amazing information! Thanks so much guys!!!!! I was so nervous and I'm not at all now!
 

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Olivia Janae said:
This is all so much amazing information! Thanks so much guys!!!!! I was so nervous and I'm not at all now!
Good to hear! I just noticed your in Chicago. I'm in Evanston.

Maybe we can meet up somewhere public someday and then we'd both have a friend to babysit the fish and cats if needed! My girlfriend's mom is getting older and it's becoming more difficult for her to come take care of our two cats and betta when we're gone, so we've also been wondering what we'll do in the future if we leave town.
 
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greenbonsai said:
Good to hear! I just noticed your in Chicago. I'm in Evanston.

Maybe we can meet up somewhere public someday and then we'd both have a friend to babysit the fish and cats if needed! My girlfriend's mom is getting older and it's becoming more difficult for her to come take care of our two cats and betta when we're gone, so we've also been wondering what we'll do in the future if we leave town.
Absolutely! Yes! My wife and I are literally a block into Chicago directly off of the Howard stop. (Not the best area, I know) So that's a great idea! We're not going until August but in truth it's a great idea!
 

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Wanted to move this conversation off this thread and realized I'm still to new to send a PM to you, so I posted on your profile page for the moment.
 

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Just wanted to say that when I'm away from my tanks, I gab my boyfriend feed them every other day. That way if he has a bigger "pinch" than I do he won't be overfeeding.
 
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