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post #1 of 15 Old 02-27-2013, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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I am going out of town for about 10-12 days. i have a 10g with 4 african cichlids and a 55 with 15 tiger/albino barbs, 3 rainbow sharks, and 2 gouramis. we don't have anyone watching the house. what should i do to make sure the fish are ok when i get back?
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-27-2013, 01:33 PM
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Do a large water change and get one of those automatic fish feeders so they can eat while your gone. I would also do a large water change as soon as I got back. For that timeperiod they will be ok not too bad it's the feeding that you should be concerned about.
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do you have a recomendation for a decent automatic feeder? and i will be going to lowes today to get a timer for my lights
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post #4 of 15 Old 02-27-2013, 02:29 PM
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I am going out of town for about 10-12 days. i have a 10g with 4 african cichlids and a 55 with 15 tiger/albino barbs, 3 rainbow sharks, and 2 gouramis. we don't have anyone watching the house. what should i do to make sure the fish are ok when i get back?
If it is strictly feeding, do you have anyone that can stop by and feed them?



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If it is strictly feeding, do you have anyone that can stop by and feed them?
unfortunately i don't.

is there anything else i should be concerned about?
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unfortunately i don't.

is there anything else i should be concerned about?
overfeeding with the automatic feeder
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post #7 of 15 Old 02-27-2013, 03:16 PM
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overfeeding with the automatic feeder
That is what I was concerned about. I have two dogs, two cats, two birds and one running fish tank right now. When I go out of town, I have someone stay at my house. It's easier to pay someone than to find a kennel, auto feeder, have someone stop by for the cats, etc.

There are people that will stop by and feed your fish for money. Look at dog walkers, they are usually insured and make a living being trustworthy. They should have references. If its just feeding your fish every/ every other day, it should be cheap.



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post #8 of 15 Old 02-27-2013, 03:25 PM
I was away for 10 days over xmas. Prior to leaving I added two (2) Tetra gel feeders and some extra floating (Anacharis) plants after doing a partial water change. The fish were fine and the gel feeders appeared to be hardly touched.

I'm not sure I'd spend the money they want for auto feeders as I had one long ago and it failed while we were away. If you do get one, set it up a week or more before you leave and monitor it closely to ensure proper operation.

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post #9 of 15 Old 02-27-2013, 06:22 PM
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It takes a LONG time for fish to starve to death - several months. 10-12 days without food, you won't even notice a difference when you get back.

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post #10 of 15 Old 02-27-2013, 06:32 PM
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I think that the shop I go to the most has an aquarium service... It might be worth asking at the fish store if its not just a pet something store. If nothing else they may have some contact for someone who would stop by every fews days.

Otherwise big water change before and after your trip.

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