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weaselnoze 12-14-2006 10:55 PM

vacation time!
my lovely gf is coming home for xmas soon and she has a 29gal fw tank. she has multiple kinds of fish. she normaly gets one of those pyramids for when she goes away for a few days however this time she will be coming home for 2 weeks. she doesnt know what to do about her fish. what do you suggest?

crazie.eddie 12-14-2006 11:21 PM

What kind of fish does she have? Do you know what kind if filter?

I am never fond of those vacation feeders. Most fish can last several weeks without feeding. Before she leaves, feed the fish heavy (probably several feedings during the day), wait awhile, then clean the filter, perform a WC and lite gravel cleaning (not to disturb gravel). Then enjoy the vacation. I prefer those automatic feeders. Just set it to feed about a week after she has gone.

Tracy 12-15-2006 12:45 AM

Can she have someone come in to feed them every few days? If the tank is large enough, the vacation feeder shouldn't spoil the water. I don't know about leaving them for a couple weeks without food -- would they not start picking on each other?

crazie.eddie 12-15-2006 12:57 AM

They shouldn't pick on each other, unless she has predatory fish and the other tankmates are small. What kind of fish does she have?

She can have someone come in once a week. Aside from feeding, perform a water change, but after awhile of the feeding.

Don't allow the person access to the full container, they may feed too much. It's best to use one of those 1-Day 4 Compartment Pill Reminder and place enough fish food in each container for each feeding. This way, they won't be able to overfeed if given the whole fish food container.

If she has a timer for the lights, set the timer to only go on about 4 hours a day, so the fish sleep or rest most of the day.

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