How Much Should My Friend Feed My Betta Fish While I Am Gone

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Murderface the fish :P, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Murderface the fish :PValued MemberMember

    I am going out for 5 days on vacation and I have 2 tanks, 30 gallon for my betta fish and a 10 gallon for my endlers and tetras, but I know I can just get a week thing to feed my endlers and tetras, but my betta fish on the other hand I know it will overfeed itself if I get a week thing and will die so I asked my friend if he could come by while he's not working on the 3rd day of my vacation so I thought that would be perfect timing since he'll go 2 days without eating, get fed and 2 days again without being fed, but exactly how much I feed him I am unaware I usually feed him live things equal to around 4-6 pellets a day I was just wondering if I should get him to feed him extra pellets or if it's going to kill him.
  2. KinsKicks

    KinsKicksFishlore VIPMember


    You actually don't have to feed them; fish are fine without eating for up to 2ish weeks; and you've got hardier ones at that. You're vacation isn't that long and you don't want to run the risk of overfeeding and polluting your tank when your not there to clean the water. And I've seen my fair share of fish horror stories when left to trusted people over vacation.

    Instead, fast the day before you leave, then do a fairly large water change right before you actually set off, and you're good to go! So when you come back, do another water change and feed :) they should be just fine.

    Hope this helps and best of luck!
  3. OP

    Murderface the fish :PValued MemberMember

    Okay, thank you that actually helps a lot!
  4. New Fish in TownWell Known MemberMember

    I left for 5 days earlier this month and used a fish feeder to feed my fish. It's no different than when you are at home and use the same feeding schedule. Just feed them the night before you leave and then do a water change to get any leftover food out of the tank.
  5. Betta Fish Specialist

    Betta Fish SpecialistNew MemberMember

    Ik a betta fish can go without food for 2 weeks but i rather feed your fish or someone feeds it the next time you go on vacation. 1-3 pellets twice a day.
  6. Lchi87

    Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    I agree with @KinsKicks. Your fish don't need to be fed if you're only gone for 5 days. Those 5 or 7 day vacation feeders only foul up your water. If I absolutely HAD to, I would only trust a serious hobbyist to feed my fish. A well meaning friend could overfeed and screw things up for you.
  7. Kasshan

    KasshanWell Known MemberMember

    when went on vacation for a week. I prepacked and labeled portions in ziplocs. any monkey could've fed my 5 tanks with the instructions I provided. I basically wrote what ziploc to dump food into to which ever respective tank.
    also because my tanks are sandy bottom and planted I put an excess of live blackworms too; they quickly hide themselves in the sand to be eaten later.
    having a betta tho, those guys are lean, and if you feed your guy well then a 5 day fast is survivable. ive seen poor bettas imprisoned in office cubicle vases go weeks without food
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2017
  8. Mom2some

    Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

    Following a YouTube tip when we were gone for 12 days I proportioned two feedings into Ziplock bags and taped them to the tank. All the pet sitter had to do was dump one bag in on two different days (sitter was already coming every other day to feed other animals). Enjoy your vacation.

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