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"Vacation" feeding blocks---do they work?
Old 04-04-2010, 08:58 PM   #1
 
"Vacation" feeding blocks---do they work?

I'll be out of town for a week, and with nobody to feed the fish, I'm wondering if those feeding blocks, that look like plaster of paris, really work. I'll put the ligh on a timer, but really concerned about feeding. Has anybody had any experience, good or bad with these blocks?
Is there something better I can use?

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Old 04-04-2010, 09:31 PM   #2
 
I've always been skeptical about the food value of the blocks, but most fish will pick at them. I would say they are better than nothing. One option is "vacation food" you feed prior to vacation, usually high protein/fat food. I feel you can get similar results just feeding fish very well for a week before you leave. Don't overfeed right before you leave, or there may be pollution problems in your absence. If you have plant eaters, some live edible plants like anacharis can give them something to snack on.

What kind of fish do you have? Most healthy freshwater fish can go a few days to a week without food without serious results, larger predatory fish can go much longer. Young/small fish, very active fish, fragile species and perhaps bettas should be fed at least every other day, if not daily.
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:01 AM   #3
 
I've never really liked them, but I have used them before without issues.

They have automatic feeders for tanks as well that drop flakes in the tank, you can always look into it.
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:58 AM   #4
 
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id go with auto feeders. i have 2 for my tanks and they havent failed me yet! i have used them over a weeks time and never missed a feeding.
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:23 AM   #5
 
I would use nothing. Vacation feeders will add a lot of hardness to your water since they are mostly plaster of paris. Auto feeders usually over feed or the moisture jams them up and/or makes the food go bad.

For healthy fish a week w/o food should be no problem, as long as you are not keeping fish together that are on the verge of eating each other you should be fine. When we are gone someone usually stops by twice during the week to feed all our animals. I leave fish food in those weekly pill containers that way their is no overfeeding.

The main thing is that it is better to have the fish go hungry for a week than to have them be fed by someone unfamiliar to fish. You can't fix a water quality issue when you are hours away and the last thing you want is to come back to dead fish. If you have someone feed them premeasure out the food, then hide the rest. Feed lightly when you are gone as well.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:56 AM   #6
 
Do not use the blocks, they are always releasing once in the water and could be detrimental for the fishes. As mentioned on the threads the fishes should be fine when you come back.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:18 AM   #7
 
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I use the weekly pill containers too. But swince you have no one (no one? Not even a neighbo?r) to feed, I'd do a good feeding before you leave and a feeding as soon as you return. Your fish should be fine.
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:39 PM   #8
 
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I use the weekly pill containers too. But swince you have no one (no one? Not even a neighbo?r) to feed, I'd do a good feeding before you leave and a feeding as soon as you return. Your fish should be fine.
+1 IMHO all those blocks to is gunk up your water. As everyone has stated healthy fish will be just fine going for a week without food. What kind of fish do you have??

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Old 04-05-2010, 02:26 PM   #9
 
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I use the new gel Tetra/weekend feeders. The small 5 day one. I have had not problem with these ones as it does not change the water chemistry like the plaster ones. If you are gone for 3 days I would not worry about feeding the fish but 5 or more days I always use these tetra/weekend feeders.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:38 PM   #10
 
Hey thanks for the input! Based on what everybody said, I think the best bet seems to be to feed them well for the next week. The one thing I think I have going for me is I have all live plants in my 10 gallon. As far as the fish, they're just community fish, nothing exotic.
I'm kind of new to this and thanks a lot for your feed back, I certainly appreciate it......If you ask a person at the pet store what to do, they'll sell you what they want, and not really what may be the best...
And, since I'm new to this, I'll be back with a bunch of questions that I can't find the answer to. My biggest problem has been keeping the ph constant. Finally got ahold of a buffer and that seems to work.....
Here's one question....when I test the ph, using an API kit, maybe it's me, but the longer I compare the color of the sample to the color card, the more I'm not sure....Does anyone else have this problem or am I just trying to "split hairs"...Trying to get this thing EXACT....I 've read many times the test strips are not very accurate, so that's why I got the kit.

Thanks again for all your help
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