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Old 03-24-2013, 07:10 PM   #1 
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How long can fish go without food?

I'm going on vacation on Wednesday for 9 days, and don't really know what to do with my fish as my whole family is coming with me and most of my friends are going away this week too. I have one tank with 2 mickey mouse platys and 2 zebrafish, and a seperate tank with a betta. 9 days seems like a long time for them to go without of food, so I was wondering what you guys would do in my situation for both tanks.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:11 PM   #2 
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You know absolutely no one who could come in and feed the a couple times?
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:21 PM   #3 
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There are some food dispensers for Betta that are timed to release pellets at whatever time of day you set. They sell them at chained pet stores. I don't know if they work well or not, so I suggest looking at the reviews before buying one and going off.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:23 PM   #4 
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Technically they can go up to two weeks without food....btu technicalities are a hard thing to gamble with.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:34 PM   #5 
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Do read the reviews as some people on the board have said auto feeders cloud the water. May you could set the a feeder to work twice while you are gone. I started a thread about vacations recently try doing a board search for vacation.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:35 PM   #6 
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My female went 2 weeks without eating, her choice, when she was sick with Velvet shortly after I got her. If you could find someone to feed him at least once or twice while you're gone, that would be better.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:37 PM   #7 
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If there is absolutely no one who could drop in and feed them just once or twice (make sure you measure pellets out for them so that they can't over-feed) then just leave them unfed the whole time. If you do that, try and get some live food for when you get back, as this will help beef them up a bit.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:08 PM   #8 
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i'd be more worried about the water quality thank feeding. they can go without food for at least 2 weeks IME. But if water quality is bad, then, several days would be a problem. can you cup or use a critter keeper or a 1/2 g jar and have the sitter take care of the betta at his/her place with pre-mixed water to do at least 50% water change every other day?
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