I am going away for 9 days next week. With all that is going on with the tank I really dont want to, but have no choice. In the past Ive used an auto feeder and vacation food. But, now the fish are much larger and the auto feeder only dispenses smaller food like pellets and small flakes. I have larger fish now, one Dempsey about 12 inches long. They are used to frozen brine and krill, blood worms, cichlid pellets and large flakes, and occasional small broken pieces of lettuce (for the dempsey). Any thoughts on how to feed them for 8 nights?
Im hoping the levels will be a bit better by then, needless to say Im really nervous!!
First, don't. Feed them regularly up until you go then start back up when you return. If you're having issues with your tank's cycle and you're going to be away for an extended period you're better off not feeding them and not helping make more nitrogenous substances in the tank. The fish should be fine for 8 to 9 days without food. Do a big water change before you go, feed them, and leave.
Second, get a fish sitter. Find someone you trust to come over and feed the fish. Get one of those pill boxes they sell in drug stores and portion out some food in it. If you're still having issues with your cycle when you leave I'd only have them get fed every other day. Anyways, just leave enough food in each compartment for a single day and keep it lean. Have your fish sitter come by and put in one day's worth of food. Keep it simple and only have them feed dry/flake. Don't try to have them prepare freeze-dried or frozen foods, it won't end well. Also hide the food. There's a good chance your fish sitter will decide you're starving your fish and take it upon themselves to improve their diet. The last thing you want is for your fish sitter to kill them with kindness. Just enough food for one feeding and hide the extra food.
Tyyrlym you said "First, don't. Feed them regularly up until you go then start back up when you return. If you're having issues with your tank's cycle and you're going to be away for an extended period you're better off not feeding them and not helping make more nitrogenous substances in the tank. The fish should be fine for 8 to 9 days without food. Do a big water change before you go, feed them, and leave."
So, a bit confused. Dont feed them regularly from now until I go? And start feeding reg. when I get back? And do a big water chage before I go, along with the dailys, right? So, should I use the auto feeder which dispenses small amounts of food and/or vacay food, or go nothing at all? Thanks so much for your input btw. Im soooo glad I found this site.
No, I'm saying don't worry about feeding them while you're gone. Feed them regularly until you go and then when you get back. Frankly I don't care for auto feeders, they can potentially nuke your tank if they fritz and dump a ton of food in. That said its a personal opinion. If you trust it then use it.
But yes, do a big water change before you go and another when you get back in addition to your regular water change schedule. The last time I went on vacation I did a 50% change the night before I left and filled the tank to the top.
Wonderful, thanks, I will def. give that some thought. Im not sure if I do trust it, Ive only used it for a long vacay, and a long weekend trip years ago.
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