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rsn48 06-06-2010 03:26 PM

Feeding blocks for vacations
I'm going away for a week and I've never used those feeding blocks. I was tempted to purchase one of those electric automatic feeders but I have a problem with flake food. My tank is heavily planted and when I use flake food, much of it ends up in the plants which I definitely don't like.

I just use four types of frozen food and rotate them through, less wastage and the fish love it. So how effective are those feeding blocks. I'm worried my Glow Lights won't clue into it but I guess starvation is a wonderful teacher. Glow Lights don't seem to pay much attention to the substrate like other fish.

Do the one week block feeders work well? I'll be gone roughly one week or slightly less.

JouteiMike 06-06-2010 04:10 PM

Healthy mature fish can normally be fine for up to a week without food. Do you have any fry or noticeably really juvenile fish?

I don't feed my fish for one week ever year when I go on vacation, and they have been fine for many years. I would not recommend buying feeding blocks or auto feeders, but it could be a matter of opinion.

MXS 06-06-2010 04:13 PM

Yeah, fish are pretty hardy. They can go a while without food, it might not make them happy, but they can do it. If you really want just buy the block feeder for reassurance.

iamntbatman 06-07-2010 02:54 AM

If you do get a block feeder, look for the gel feeders Tetra makes. They're basically just daphnia in a gel disc made of seaweed by-products. Not all of my fish seemed interested in it, but they won't foul your water like the plaster blocks full of flake food will.

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