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post #11 of 15 Old 02-27-2013, 08:18 PM
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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.
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post #12 of 15 Old 02-27-2013, 09:55 PM
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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.
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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.
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post #14 of 15 Old 02-28-2013, 12:43 AM
I forgot to add, if you DO have anyone feed fish while your away overfeeding is still a common issue and other random things you wouldn't expect. Like once I told a friend they could feed some frozen bloodworms, I even wrote "in freezer" only to find some dead mealworms from the fridge in my tank when I got back lol. So when you do have someone feed your fish while your away best way to go about it is to feed only dry foods, unless absolutely necessary. On top of that dry food should be premeasured by you and placed in one of those 1 week pill boxes that you can get for $1 or so. That way they don't actually have to go through the effort of feeding the fish. Its simply open a chamber and dump contents into tank, no measuring or guessing by them as that is were problems come from.
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post #15 of 15 Old 02-28-2013, 07:34 AM
i got a 12 dollar one from walmart an boy what a piece of crap! it only feeds enough food for about half the fish in my tank. its going back today!
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