Hello all. I am faced with quite a dilemma here and would like to know what you guys suggest or have had experience with.
First off, the situation and background. I currently have two tanks running. I have a 10 gallon housing three tiger barbs, two albino cories, and a few snails. I know, three barbs and two cories are not ideal at all. I had five barbs and was planning on adding to them once i got the tank leveled out. One of the barbs died and the other was badly wounded and died. I assume they got into a fight for dominance as they were the largest two. The cories are in a group of two until i get them in their final home where i will up the group significantly. And before i get told the 10 gallon is too small, the barbs are just their until the 55 finishes cycling. The 20 has one male betta, three zebra danios, and one rubber lip plec. (i know, i know.. the plec will be moving to the 55 too). I will be doing a partial water change tomorrow while i prep for the trip and as soon as i get back.
The situation i am faced with is i will be leaving friday to go 6 hours away to my cousins graduation and will not be back until tuesday afternoon/evening. The two peoeple i trust to care for my fish are a) going with me and b) the one i am going to see graduate. I will be able to feed the fish friday morning before leaving but will not be able to feed them agian until i get home tuesday evening. That leaves them home 5 days (more or less). I know this is sort of short notice but i would like to know what would be best for feeding them. One more bit of info before we go into possible solutions - with the barbs i hate not to feed them refularly as they tend to bicker more when they are hungry and i really dont want to come back to torn up or dead fish.
Now, what to do? The feeder blocks, feeder gelatin, automatic feeder, weekly pill container with marked food and hope someone feeds them right, or just flat out dont feed til i get home. Of course i don't want to wait til i get home, if i do i'm almost positive i will have dead fish.
do the feeder blocks work well? I've heard they arent great. I've heard people say they disolve to quickly. do they release enough food for the mentioned fish? do they cloud the water or mess with the water chemistry?
the feeder gelatin is basically like the feeder block but supposed to be nicer, cleaner, and better. True? The only downside i have heard of was either fish ignoring them or tearing them up throughout the tank. Any experience on these? I may buy one and test it if nobody has anything bad to say. See if they'll eat it before i leave.
Automatic feeder - They are prone to malfunctions. I do not have enough time to properly test run them. THe one i want is online only. Any experience with any good brands in person you would suggest?
Pill container - probably the way to go, huh? The only problem is i think my aunt will be feeding the dogs and i don't know that she will be able to feed them morning and night. Normally that would not be a problem but with the barbs i dont want to risk it. THese are my three remaining barbs out of the five. I would really like to keep them. I'm just afraid if they get hungry they will pick each other too much. I'm really concerned about them until i can get them in a bigger tank and group.
LEt me know any personal opinions, or experience (good or bad) you may have.
THanks a TON.