Will my fish survive for 5 days without me?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by uncclewis, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. uncclewisWell Known MemberMember

    Im going for 5 total days. 5x24 hours. Will my fish be ok without me feeding them?

    16 clown loaches (3 inches), 10 cardinal tetras, 4 zebra dianos, dwarf gouramui, and 15 siamese algae eaters.

  2. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    I just came back from an 8 day vacation without feeding them. My fish are all fine. They can even go longer without eating. I wouldn't worry about it. Just do a very large water change right before you leave, lower the temp a couple of degrees to slow their metabolism and they should be fine.

  3. JeffKWell Known MemberMember

    I agree with el337. I just returned from a vacation as well. Did a 50% water change on all 3 tanks on Saturday. Left early Sunday morning and returned Friday evening. Fed them when I returned Friday and did a big water change Fri as well. They did not eat Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed-Thur and everyone was fine in all 3 tanks when I returned on Friday. Yours will be fine!

  4. uncclewisWell Known MemberMember

    Awesome to hear! I won't worry so much now
  5. ystroutWell Known MemberMember

    Can they really? So I don't need to worry about getting a fish sitter for 3 days on my occasional long weekend trips?
  6. JeffKWell Known MemberMember

    You don't need to worry at all. 3 days is no big deal :)
  7. superbutterfly12Well Known MemberMember

    They'll just be really happy to see you!
  8. tjanderWell Known MemberMember

    Fish sitters can cause you more trouble by over feeding your fish.
    5 days is the longest I have gone with out feeding no problem...
  9. Pastel.Fish.Valued MemberMember

    My advice I have a family member like my grandmother who is also big into fish keeping (she keeps Angels) care for my fish while I'm gone!
  10. uncclewisWell Known MemberMember

    Well... Thanks. Now, im on vacation. I have this camera to check on my cat. But here are my fish too. Hehe. image its next to my 65 inch tv.image

    I see them moving!
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  11. tjanderWell Known MemberMember

    Way off topic my apologies, but what Software are you using? I like this idea of remote monitoring while gone. Let's face it anything could happen ( slow water leak comes to mind ) if you could get emergency assistance from a friend or family member it could save the fish and a major headache when you return...
  12. uncclewisWell Known MemberMember

  13. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I have left mine for 3 weeks with no issues. Any longer than that and I'd get someone to come by and do a water change and maybe feed once a week.

    I'll be gone for 5-6 weeks soon and I'm having a fish friend come by and do 2-3 water changes and feed a few times a week.
  14. ystroutWell Known MemberMember

    What about those vacation feeder blocks? Is it better to let them go a week without eating or give them a vacation feeder?
  15. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    I wouldn't bother with the vacation feeder blocks - some fish may constantly eat and they aren't nutritious to begin with.

    Your fish can survive easily a week with no intervention from you. Personally, I would rather go that route than end up with someone inexperienced and overfeeding your tank. More problems can be caused by overfeeding then underfeeding.

    Just do a good water change before you go and do a normal feeding then.
  16. uncclewisWell Known MemberMember

    well I came home, I fed my fish and they were quite voracious eaters, LOL. I have never seen them eat like that... All of my fish and loaches have picked off nearly all of my cherry shrimp, lol, and my fish have all also picked over every bit of stag horn algae, just wow. LOL. It is all gone... I thought it was never going to go away. So my siamese algae eaters, shrimp and mollies must have turned to stag horn algae for nourishment.

    that and it probably ran out of nitrate-without feeding. I am sure that nitrogen levels were low. I have two denitrate towers, so my nitrate stays around 0 at all times.

    BUT you guys were right, they handled it fine, they found food and the ones who didn't- made it just fine.

    I take that back, while they ate a lot of the adults. I do see a lot of babies growing now into adults, so they couldn't get all of the babies :D
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2016

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