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mibi_fibi 03-26-2008 01:44 PM

Vacation concerns
 
I'm going to be on vacation for a week, and am wondering what to do about feeding. There is no one able to do it for me.
Tank is 6 gal with one betta, 5 small glolights, and 2 amano shrimp.
The automatic feeder that I had my eye on is not available in Canada, it was a Fish Mate F14 with individual compartments rather than a drum. It seemed perfect.
Alternate thought is to use a gel block. I will need to find out what is in it, and confirm the fish will eat it.
Not sure if I can feed both the betta and glolights with the same block. I do have a betta block, but have heard that the plaster is a bad thing for your tank water. Also currently my betta spits out the plain fish flakes, so I'll have to see how picky he is.
Thanks for you help

Fat_Fender_40 03-26-2008 03:19 PM

Feed them normally until you leave and leave just one of those vacation pellet things and you'll be alright. Most fish can actually survive for two weeks with out food.

Don't start feeding them a lot because the water quality will start to go down and no one will be there to change it.

Holly 03-26-2008 03:53 PM

Check out Drfostersmith.com. They have the feeders, super quick shipping and good prices.

Ashkat 03-26-2008 05:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fat_Fender_40
Feed them normally until you leave and leave just one of those vacation pellet things and you'll be alright. Most fish can actually survive for two weeks with out food.

Don't start feeding them a lot because the water quality will start to go down and no one will be there to change it.

You know... most humans can survive two weeks with out food. That doesn't necessarily mean that it's a good idea.

Fat_Fender_40 03-26-2008 05:32 PM

No, but if no one else can help and you're out of options what else can he do. I've had to do the same thing before, but only for 5 days. I'd rather come back to fish that lost weight than a bunch of dead fish because of the ammonia or nitrate spike.

Just don't over feed them right away when you get back. Feed little amounts more often than dump a huge amount at once.

herefishy 03-26-2008 06:56 PM

Add some soft leafed liv plants for them to nibble on. Something like elodea or hornwort.

Fat_Fender_40 03-27-2008 07:00 AM

speaking of not feeding fish, anyone see that post where the gold fish was in a tank with no food for 3 months?


a week doesn't sounds that bad now.

Monsterpony 03-27-2008 11:14 AM

I have a guppy that lived for a year in a tank with no food, light or heat (not my fault) and she is still kicking at about 5 years old.

fish_4_all 03-27-2008 12:06 PM

If I was going away for a week, I owuld fill them up for 2 days in live food, good flakes, and some other live food and veggies. Then the day before leaving, I would do a really good gravel vac to get as much waste out as possible.

If you have any algae at all, the fish will eat the algae and be fine for a week.

mibi_fibi 03-27-2008 08:38 PM

Thanks for all the advice. I tried DrsFosterSmith.com and got a shipping quote for mailing to Canada.
Feeder is $29.99 and the shipping was going to be over $80. Over $100 total! That's absolutely crazy.
I'm starting to get convinced that they would be ok for the week, but I'll probably pick up one of those vacation gel blocks (Tetra).
Does anyone know if bettas will eat from those or do I need to put a separate betta block in as well?
There are live plants in the tank, and some algae. Never seen them nibble on it before, but that's probably due to the regular feedings... :)


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