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SST 12-01-2007 05:20 PM

vacation feeding for golden apple snail
 
I'm considering getting one but I'm concerned what to do when we travel? We're usually gone for about a week, any longer and I get a fish sitter for my betta.

Little-Fizz 12-01-2007 05:38 PM

Re: vacation feeding for golden apple snail
 
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Originally Posted by SST
I'm considering getting one but I'm concerned what to do when we travel? We're usually gone for about a week, any longer and I get a fish sitter for my betta.

I don't really feed my apple snail that much anymore. Sometimes if he's up and about I'll give him an algae wafer. But I usually have like an orange or something clipped in there and it'll eat that. I don't imagine that the snail would stave to death over the period of a week if you left an orange slice in there. Is there any algae growing in the tank? If there is you have nothing to worry about. When I first had my snail I didn't know anything about him and didn't feed him for a really long time. He's fine, they will find little bits of leftover fish food and such on the bottom. As far as I know you should have nothing to worry about. Just leave some lettuce or orange, maybe sliced apple because my snail eats that too. Oh and zucchini. Do you have an auto feeder for your betta?

SST 12-01-2007 06:44 PM

No algae in the tank, yet. It's a 2 gal. bowl that my betta will be vacating as soon as the 5 gal. tank finishes cycling. I'm anticipating that will all happen right before we leave for a week. I was concerned about leaving the snail in there, but it sounds like that'll be all right. My other option is to get the snail after we returned, but that would leave a cycled bowl empty for a week or two. Won't my bacteria die off?

I've only used a 7-day vacation feeder for the betta before. The little block that dissolves slowly. Are you referring to that or to an automated mechanical type vacation feeder?

How are you "clipping" the orange slice in the tank? Would it be a problem to leave one just sitting on the bottom?

Questions, so many questions. LOL

Little-Fizz 12-01-2007 07:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SST
No algae in the tank, yet. It's a 2 gal. bowl that my betta will be vacating as soon as the 5 gal. tank finishes cycling. I'm anticipating that will all happen right before we leave for a week. I was concerned about leaving the snail in there, but it sounds like that'll be all right. My other option is to get the snail after we returned, but that would leave a cycled bowl empty for a week or two. Won't my bacteria die off?

I've only used a 7-day vacation feeder for the betta before. The little block that dissolves slowly. Are you referring to that or to an automated mechanical type vacation feeder?

How are you "clipping" the orange slice in the tank? Would it be a problem to leave one just sitting on the bottom?

Questions, so many questions. LOL

Hmmm ok, The bacteria question I'm really not to sure on. I'm going to say theres a possibility so maybe having the snail when you leave would be a good idea. About the auto feeder I was thinking mechanical just because I have only heard bad things about the dissolving ones. Lol sorry, I bought a clip with a suction cup on it that sticks to the side of your tank. Before I had that I just let it float (I've seen my apple snail hitch rides on floating lettuce LOL!). So there should be no problem letting it float so long as there will be room at the top of the tank for your apple snail to breath... Do you have a lid of any kind? You might want to cover it up a bit while you leave incase the snail decides to go on an adventure. Crap... I'm really sorry I wish I knew the answer to your bacteria question... Other members will know for sure but what I said above regarding the bacteria is really just my best guess.

SST 12-01-2007 08:00 PM

I'll post the bacteria question in the correct forum. Thanks for trying to answer. I suspect that I can just toss some amnonia in there to give the bacteria something to munch on if need be.

The bowl has a nice collar around the lid, so putting a plastic mesh screen there will be no problem. I have some extra at work, so I'm glad I don't have to go into a retail store during this shopping season.

They'll be plenty of room to have some lettuce or a fruit slice to float around. I'm thinking of putting some java moss (or whatever plant I get for the betta tank) in there too.

I'm so excited! I can't wait for this big tank to finish cycling.

Little-Fizz 12-02-2007 12:33 AM

You could always just leave a pile of fish flakes in there, it'll just be a bit of a mess to clean up. I forgot to ask, when you say apple snail do you mean Pomacea bridgesii? There is Pomacea canaliculata commonly sold as mystery snails. You do NOT want this snail, they will eat live plants and will grow to be huge. I'm not kidding when I say huge, like probably bigger then your fist. Pomacea bridgesii stays fairly small and only eats the dead plants if no other food is provided. Best of luck to you and your future snail! You made a good choice, they are awesome pets. If I have like powdered algae wafer on my finger, he will lick it off. It's sweet.

fish_4_all 12-02-2007 01:19 PM

If you are worried about the bacteria, a little extra food will support the bacteria fine for up to a week.

As for feeding the snail and betta, the feeder blocks should work fine. The main drawback is they will make the water harder because they have a lot of calcium carbonate in them. A good thing for snails. They can be a little messy but the snail should clean it up nicely.


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