Join Date: May 2012
Location: formerly SF, then Tucson AZ, now central New Jersey
Aw. . . As soon I saw you live in SF I felt bad- I just moved from there and would have watched them for you. Then again, I didn't have bettas until I left just recently .. so I guess I wouldn't have known about this website. :/
I have 5 tanks myself- 4 tanks of bettas and one tank of 3 platys.
I left my place for about 8 or 9 days a couple weeks ago - with no water changes and just someone to feed my fish. When I got back everything was ok except there was a lot of algae in the tanks because I was trying to grow plants and maybe the plant supplement I put in the water made the algae go nuts. It was no big deal, I cleaned everything the next day and everyone was fine except my platys had babies while I was gone! I have filters though, and just did water changes the night before my trip. I also put some buckets and pitchers of treated water in my bathroom for the person to use if they needed to change the water .. so they really wouldn't be responsible for math or chemistry or mistakes.
(For the record though- this was my set-up: 1 betta by himself in a 6.6 gallon with filter; 2 bettas divided in another 6.6; 1 betta in a 5.5, 3 platys in a 5 gallon. (I have since changed this a bit)
If I were you, I'd type out a very simple set of instructions, use some kind of vacation feeder or tell the person to feed the bettas only X amount of pellets per day. Treat some water and keep it handy (I use gallon buckets and pitchers from a dollar store with aquarium salt, Amquel/Novaquel or whatever water conditioner you use). People use gallon water jugs, etc. I would not tell your inexperienced or busy siblings/friends to do anything complicated . . just maybe write down to do some partial water changes. That's all. Simple is best, ask only what you think someone can handle . . they should be ok, I think.
Just keep it simple and have fun on your trip. I hear Chicago is awesome! :)
current pets: Alejandro Marmalade
Rehomed bettas (because of my move): Cornelius Buttknuckle, Limoncello Dandy Lion, Cumulus Meriweather, Nimbus McCloud
RIP Pinkerton Flowers and the fish formerly known as Prine Purplius LeGrape
Last edited by mursey; 07-03-2012 at 11:09 PM.