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.
Re: vacation feeding for golden apple snail
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
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.
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.
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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