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Old 06-26-2012, 07:24 PM   #1 
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Auto Fish Feeders?

Hello...

I have a vacation coming up in August and am a little nervous that I won't find someone to feed my Betta fish. I was thinking about getting an auto-feeder...does anyone recommend a type? Do they work well with pebble food in a 3 gallon tank? Out of curiosity, how long can Betta go without food...perhaps I could get someone to feed every couple of days... I just wanted to find the best way to take care of them. Advice is appreciated.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:40 PM   #2 
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If its just the weekend, don't worry about it. Goblin has gone about a week without eating before while I was on vacation.
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:55 AM   #3 
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They can go a month, but I probably wouldn't let my fish go more than 2 weeks. I've left mine for 10 days in a cycled 5 gallon with no food.

The more important concern is water quality! Water quality will stay better longer if your fish isn't eating. Don't worry about feeding him. But I wouldn't leave a 3 gallon more than a week and a half without a water change, and you have to do a full change right before you leave.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:01 AM   #4 
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I would get Top Fin Slow Release Vacation feeding block. Petsmart and Petland discounts carry it and it costs about $2.15 You can buy one that will last in your tank for 10 days.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:13 AM   #5 
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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo. D: A feeding block will just make the water quality horrible and bettas are carnivores.

This is NOT AT ALL healthy for a betta (they need AT LEAST 30% crude protein):
  • Crude Protein (min) 4.0%
  • Crude Fat (min) 0.01%
  • Crude Fiber (max) 0.01%
  • Moisture (max) 21.0%
No food is better. Fasting for a week isn't going to hurt the fish at all.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:52 PM   #6 
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Agreed with Kfish. Fish only eat those things if they are starving to death, and they make the water horrible and....sticky/gooey. I'd rather go with the automatic feeders with timers on them.
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