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post #1 of 7 Old 12-10-2009, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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What to feed danios while on vacation?

I'm going to Jamaica for christmas/ new years (2 weeks) and I will be leaving my fish in the care of a friend who cannot come over every day to my house. I bought a TetraVacation feeding block as a trial and it is working well from my Platies, Snails, and Gourami, but my Danios won't eat it. I supplement with zucchini, but of course the carnivorous Danios won't eat it either. Would frozen food like bloodworm cubes be acceptable if I had my friend drop one in every couple days? I normally feed TetraMin flakes.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-10-2009, 09:09 PM
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IMO your better off havng your friend feed premeasured portions (regular, not extra cause they haven't eaten) twice a week while you're gone. It takes a while for fish to starve to death, and there are far more things that can go wrong from overfeeding than from underfeeding. My fish fast while I'm away and I've never had an issue.
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-17-2009, 08:01 AM
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First off, if your fish are in good health and you do a good water change prior to leaving they'll be just fine when you get back even without your friend. Second, throw the feeder blocks away. They do more to hurt your water quality than feed your fish. Third, buy one of those pill boxes from the drug store; the ones with multiple compartments. Put a regular feeding's worth of food in each compartment, just enough for the number of times your friend will come over. Tell him when he comes over just dump one compartment in the tank and that's it, only fill enough compartments to get him through the two weeks, nothing extra. Just use your flakes or food that keeps well. Don't give your friend any portion control at all. Don't mention the frozen food or the zucchini or anything like that. Finally, HIDE THE FOOD. Leave nothing where your friend can find it.

As much as I'm sure you'd love to know your fish are getting their varied diet during your trip it's not worth it. People who aren't familiar with fish do not get how small their food portions really need to be. Add on to it that since you'll be away and unable to do a water change you don't want them pigging out or leaving food in that can rot in the tank, like a slice of zucchini. So the answer is simple, don't give your friend the chance to over feed them. Give him premeasured portions and only those. Hide the rest of the food. If he questions how little food they are getting assure him its enough and maybe explain why they get this amount of food. Under no circumstances tell him where the food is.

I made this mistake with my tank at work one time. I was out sick for several days and called my secretary to feed my fish for me. Well I got better and two days later got into work. It looked like it had snowed tetramin flakes in the tank. Every horizontal surface was covered in food. I had to do an immediate vacuum and water change. She didn't do it maliciously, she just didn't know. Now unless I'm unexpectedly out for more than a week I just don't call. Unless I can prepare the portions ahead of time I don't ask someone else to feed my fish.

Oh, and if you're worried about variety there are a number of dry foods that store well you can use. You can go with a flake food, algae wafers, shrimp pellets, etc. so that the fish have variety even if its not fresh.

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-17-2009, 08:07 AM
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And don't "make up for yesterday" by overfeeding when you get back!

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post #5 of 7 Old 12-17-2009, 09:33 AM
Great tip (about the premeasured food). My designated fish feeder during our holiday vacation this year told me that last time she fish-sat, all the fish died. (And now you ask, why would I have her feed my fish...I'm still unsure).

We'll be using the pill box method for sure : )

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post #6 of 7 Old 12-17-2009, 09:53 AM
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I've nothing to add to this thread (as the advice given is perfect) and the only reason I jumped in was to say how envious I am that you'll be in Jamaica for two weeks. Have a wonderful time!

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-17-2009, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!

She's had fish previously, so I'm sure they'll be ok. I asked her to feed only every second day, that was if she does overfeed the fish can clean up the extra.

On a different note, I've started my fish on a weekly ration of frozen brine shrimp, and the difference in them is AMAZING! The platies are a nice rich orange and even the danio's stripes are darker.
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