time release feeders work??
I have to leave for two weeks and is it wise to use time release feeders and what is a good feeder? Thanks
Some do, but I don't have personal experience, only what I've heard of others.
The two big problems are it getting jammed up and dumping too much or not at all, or humidity getting in and turning it to mush.
Leaving for a week is fine, two may be pushing it. If you have friends or a neighbor you trust you can have them stop by every few days. Just leave packets of food so they don't have to measure anything themselves.
Do you mean the automatic food dispensers that you fill with food, like Geomancer is referring to? Or the vacation feeders that you put in the tank and they slow release over the course of days or a week?
I have never used the latter, but I hear they can cloud up a tank and throw off the water parameters.
Ah yes, those white blocks that dissolve over time ... yes, they do get quite nasty looking. I have used those before. I think there are some that last in the 10-14 day range, but as always results may vary ;)
On my planted tanks I just leave and come back a week or two later.
Tank if anything looks better and the fish are glad to see me.
I have used the Tetra gel type feeders on a couple of occasions. If I had no one to come in, I would use them along with floating plants to sustain the fish over a week or two. The gel feeders are not like the old white who knows what's in it vacation feeders. The gel slowly dissolves seemly with no effect on water chemistry. Frankly these type feeders must be sortof good because they are snail magnets!
That's good to know. Last summer I had to have someone come in and feed everytime we went camping.
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I concur with the suggestions to just leave the fish alone, unless you have someone reliable. Feeding by a knowledgeable person even as infrequently as 1 or 2 days in a week over a 2+ week period would be sufficient, but "knowledgeable" is the key. Too much food is far worse than no food at all. Measuring out the amount for the tank ahead of time can work if someone reliable is available.
The auto feeders will sometimes malfunction and members have mentioned coming home to a tank of dead fish due to ammonia/nitrate and/or low pH.
Do a good water change just before leaving (day prior), feed normally, that's it. My worry if away would be more about the filters or heaters failing.
I didn't have a knowledgeable person this summer, so what I did was I put the amount of food I wanted in a paper cup and left it on top of the aquarium. We were only gone 5 days, so the person fed them once in the middle of the trip, and each tank had its own cup of food ready to drop in.
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