Vacation Advice For My Brother

  1. Nicole B

    Nicole B Member Member

    Hi!
    So we leave on vacation on Friday for a week and a day.

    We plan on doing a small water change and cleaning the gravel a bit. Our last water change was last Friday. 25%


    Any advice for my brother? We have 3 mollies, 2 2 month old fry, 1 snail and about 20 fry that are a week and a half old, maybe 2 weeks old.
    I am worried he’s going to kill them. Lol

    We just cycled a week ago and kind of nervous something will happen when we’re gone!

    I know that the fry can’t go a week without food so I’m going to put about a pinch of fry food in small baggies for him and a little bit of food every day for the other 5. Anything else I should have him do??
     




  2. Sebastian Perdomo

    Sebastian Perdomo Member Member

    You can have him feed every other day. It’s going to be easier like that, and less risk of over feeding, resulting in death of fish, more waste in the tank, and more stability overall. It’s easier to kill fish by over feeding than under feeding.
    Also how big is your tank?
    Having cycled a week ago sounds pretty risky to have so many fish in the system.

    Do another water change before you leave as well.
     
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    Nicole B

    Nicole B Member Member

    Yeah. Well we never know when they are going to pop out babies. Lol we are pretty over stocked right now. It’s a 20 gallon. We upgraded tanks and had an accident so had to recycle the tank and then they had more babies right before we leave on vacation. Ugh! They never eat them either so I get stuck raising them all. This is our second batch but the pet store that’s gunna take them wants them to be an inch long I think. So about a month old. Can 2 week old fry survive without food every other day? Would having him dose prime every day be a good idea?
     
  4. Sebastian Perdomo

    Sebastian Perdomo Member Member

    No, don’t have him dose prime or any chemicals. Never dose any unnecessary things into the tank without there being an immediate necessity. Overdosing is very dangerous to your whole tank. Also, tap water should be conditioned with prime before being added to the tank. I personally think that anyone in the hobby should forget about tap water because it is very inconsistent. I used natural spring water for a while and that worked great, right now I use reverse osmosis water which also works great. I don’t trust tap water, because you never know what’s in it, and it can contain something untreatable and harmful to fish. Fry will pick at the micro algae in the tank and feed off of that as well as the fish food. They will do okay with flakes every other day. Flakes are manufactured to be nutrient packed, and they often end up consuming more than they can process. In the future I recommend feeding frozen mysis shrimp because it is more natural, and contains a more balanced nutrition for the food which isn’t artificially nutrient packed.
     
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    Nicole B

    Nicole B Member Member

    They are in a breeding net so they have nothing to pick at really.
     

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  6. Sebastian Perdomo

    Sebastian Perdomo Member Member

    Think about getting plants and Marino balls, as they will add onto your natural filtration and provide a place for that micro algae to thrive.