Holidaying With Fish? Help

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    anitazoechang Initiate Member

    I'll be going on holiday for 10 days in late June to July but I have only just moved to a new town and have noone to come and feed my guppies. Will they be ok without food and water changes for the whole time? Should I get an automatic feeder and/or a feeder block? I've heard some bad things about them. What do you guys do when you go on holidays?
     




  2. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

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    anitazoechang Initiate Member

    Thanks, Coradee! I tried to do a search for people's experiences but I used the search term 'holiday' instead of 'vacation' :facepalm:
     
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    camste Member Member

    I've had my fish go for 2 weeks without food and water changes in my 60 liter (about 16 g) tank without any problems. But how many fish do you have and what's the size of your tank? Do you have any plants? That's more something that will indicate if it can go without water changes. How often do you change it now? Anyways, less food means less poop as well, so it should be fine I think for only 10 days :)

    I've had one of those automated food dispensers at one point, but at least the one I had was feeding too much even at the lowest setting unless the aquarium was quite heavily stocked. So it would leave behind some uneaten food which doesn't really help with the water quality. I'll perhaps use it in my new 80g tank where there will be more fish.
     
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    anitazoechang Initiate Member

    I have three guppy tanks:
    1. 8L (2 gallons) with 25 fry
    2. 37L (10 gallons) with 3 adults, 2x 2 month olds, and 3x 1 month olds (male tank). This tank also has some blyxa japonica in it
    3. 54L (16 gallons) with 1 adult, 5x 2 month olds, 4x 1 month olds, and 7x preemies (female tank)
    They all get 50+% water changes on a weekly basis and I'm also planning on destocking some of them in the next few weeks

    Yeah I heard that automatic dispensers can be quite finnicky about how much they dispense sometimes so I'm really hesitant about using them. I would rather leave them without anything for the 10 days if possible just in case anything goes wrong and it fouls up the water
     
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    smee82 Well Known Member Member

    They will be fine for 10days without a feed. Just do a water change before you go.
     
  7. kbn

    kbn Member Member

    Coradee, who is and what does a moderator do?