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Old 03-08-2015, 07:11 PM   #1 
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Going on Vaction, help please

So, I will be going on a one week vacation in April. And I'm trying to prep for leaving my fish alone.

I have heard some mixed things, and wondering what is wise, what I should do.

What I've heard:
Do 100% water change before leaving
Cover with a blanket
Close blinds and keep house as cool as possible
Turn off heater, make the water temperature a bit cooler (cold helps betta not be so hungry?)
Do 100% water change when back

My tank is cycled.
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:24 PM   #2 
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Do your usual water change routine before leaving, that's it. A healthy adult fish can easily last a week without eating, no special treatment needed.
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:25 PM   #3 
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So, I will be going on a one week vacation in April. And I'm trying to prep for leaving my fish alone.

I have heard some mixed things, and wondering what is wise, what I should do.

What I've heard:
Do 100% water change before leaving
Cover with a blanket
Close blinds and keep house as cool as possible
Turn off heater, make the water temperature a bit cooler (cold helps betta not be so hungry?)
Do 100% water change when back

My tank is cycled.
This is what I would say:
Do 100% water change before leaving = yes
Cover with a blanket = yes
Close blinds and keep house as cool as possible = I would research that one
Turn off heater, make the water temperature a bit cooler (cold helps betta not be so hungry?) = I would look into that
Do 100% water change when back = yes

Do you have someone that can watch your betta while you are gone? (They don't have to do much. Just feed it and make sure it's ok)
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:40 PM   #4 
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I would leave the heater on. It's probably more risk to leave the temperature unregulated.

I'd just water change before leaving and after getting back.
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Old 03-08-2015, 09:01 PM   #5 
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Oh sorry, and I've also heard of people keeping any lights off, fish tank and outside lights?
Should I turn of my timer?
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:07 PM   #6 
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If you turn off the heater, your fish might become susceptible to diseases while you're away.
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Old 03-09-2015, 02:11 AM   #7 
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I agree with both Tolak and Kaxen.

A healthy fish in a filtered and heated tank will last one week without food or water changes, while it's best to not do this frequently your little guy will be ok.

Leave the heater on, if it's adjustable turn it down a couple degrees, but if it's not then just leave it on.

Plan your regular water changes so that you do one the day you leave, then the day you get back. I would not recommend a 100% change in a cycled tank, but 50-60% would be fine.

If your fish lights are on a timer and that's what your fish is used to, then feel free to leave them how they are, although without anyone to look at the beauty of your fish then there is no real point (unless you have plants).
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