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miocevicd 02-27-2013 12:27 PM

Going out of town -concerned-
 
I am going out of town for about 10-12 days. i have a 10g with 4 african cichlids and a 55 with 15 tiger/albino barbs, 3 rainbow sharks, and 2 gouramis. we don't have anyone watching the house. what should i do to make sure the fish are ok when i get back?

Yogi 02-27-2013 01:33 PM

Do a large water change and get one of those automatic fish feeders so they can eat while your gone. I would also do a large water change as soon as I got back. For that timeperiod they will be ok not too bad it's the feeding that you should be concerned about.

miocevicd 02-27-2013 02:00 PM

do you have a recomendation for a decent automatic feeder? and i will be going to lowes today to get a timer for my lights

wake49 02-27-2013 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by miocevicd (Post 1447544)
I am going out of town for about 10-12 days. i have a 10g with 4 african cichlids and a 55 with 15 tiger/albino barbs, 3 rainbow sharks, and 2 gouramis. we don't have anyone watching the house. what should i do to make sure the fish are ok when i get back?

If it is strictly feeding, do you have anyone that can stop by and feed them?

miocevicd 02-27-2013 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by wake49 (Post 1447658)
If it is strictly feeding, do you have anyone that can stop by and feed them?

unfortunately i don't.

is there anything else i should be concerned about?

MoneyMitch 02-27-2013 03:11 PM

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Originally Posted by miocevicd (Post 1447679)
unfortunately i don't.

is there anything else i should be concerned about?

overfeeding with the automatic feeder

wake49 02-27-2013 03:16 PM

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Originally Posted by MoneyMitch (Post 1447694)
overfeeding with the automatic feeder

That is what I was concerned about. I have two dogs, two cats, two birds and one running fish tank right now. When I go out of town, I have someone stay at my house. It's easier to pay someone than to find a kennel, auto feeder, have someone stop by for the cats, etc.

There are people that will stop by and feed your fish for money. Look at dog walkers, they are usually insured and make a living being trustworthy. They should have references. If its just feeding your fish every/ every other day, it should be cheap.

AbbeysDad 02-27-2013 03:25 PM

I was away for 10 days over xmas. Prior to leaving I added two (2) Tetra gel feeders and some extra floating (Anacharis) plants after doing a partial water change. The fish were fine and the gel feeders appeared to be hardly touched.

I'm not sure I'd spend the money they want for auto feeders as I had one long ago and it failed while we were away. If you do get one, set it up a week or more before you leave and monitor it closely to ensure proper operation.

jaysee 02-27-2013 06:22 PM

It takes a LONG time for fish to starve to death - several months. 10-12 days without food, you won't even notice a difference when you get back.

JDM 02-27-2013 06:32 PM

I think that the shop I go to the most has an aquarium service... It might be worth asking at the fish store if its not just a pet something store. If nothing else they may have some contact for someone who would stop by every fews days.

Otherwise big water change before and after your trip.

Jeff


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