02-27-2013, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by jentralala
I wouldn't bother with food. There's a ton of stuff in there for them to chew on while you're gone, IMO, instead of worrying about an automatic feeder malfunctioning (ie, dumping a ton of food in while you're gone and causing a huge ammonia spike plus bloated fish).
I'd just do a major (like 80%) water change before and after.
Agreed. I am leaving this Saturday and will be gone for 8 days, which as far as fish are concerned is nothing really. I'm starting with water changes tomorrow, since it takes me awhile to change all the tanks. I would not recommend any auto feeders or feeding blocks as these are more likely to cause problems then to help. I would be fine leaving my fish that long without any food at all, but usually its easy enough to find someone to stop by. I have a friend stopping by on Thursday since she drives right by my apartment, to feed the fish, water plants, and just check on the place. Should take 10 minuets or so.