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Old 12-17-2014, 11:21 AM   #1 
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How long can a betta last without food?

Well, the title says it all, I'm leaving on a two week vacation and I'm worried about my little fishies I'll defeniatley be doing a water chance before I leave I just don't know how long they may last without food, my option is to get someone to feed them :)
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:26 AM   #2 
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Oh they can last quite a while. My boy in my avatar; Rembrandt, he wouldn't eat for the first month he was home. So they can absolutely last a month, I believe four months for smaller fish is the maximum though IIRC.
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:16 PM   #3 
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Ok, I just didn't want the fish to be starving :/ thanks Lil!
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Old 12-17-2014, 02:51 PM   #4 
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I would suggest getting someone to feed them, maybe just once during the halfway point of your vacation. I've heard that two weeks the generally the longest the can go before it can get unhealthy, but I can't speak from experience because I take my fish with me if I go anywhere for more than a week.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:15 PM   #5 
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I would suggest getting someone to feed them, maybe just once during the halfway point of your vacation. I've heard that two weeks the generally the longest the can go before it can get unhealthy, but I can't speak from experience because I take my fish with me if I go anywhere for more than a week.

That is a good idea. The only problem is that I have 7 Bettas and 2 goldfish :/ the drive would be horrific for them. About 4hrs.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:32 PM   #6 
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Yeah, that would be rough, have you looked into automatic fish feeders?
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:42 PM   #7 
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I wouldn't go with the automatic fish feeders, as they can dispense too much and/or the fish might not eat all of it and the ammonia will skyrocket and since you'll be gone for two weeks I'd almost rather limit the ammonia as much as possible. It's already going to go up in level with no WCs during that time but rather keep the rise of the levels limited.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:45 PM   #8 
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Yeah. I guess I'll have to find someone who will be willing to feed them every other day or something like that :)
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It'd be best if they were only fed once, right between when you leave and when you come back, that way you don't have to worry about ammonia spiking.
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:09 PM   #10 
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Duh! :P haha almost forgot I'm leaving the house so I won't be able to do WCs XD!!
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