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Old 03-14-2013, 06:59 AM   #1 
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How do you care for your fish while on vacation?

I've seen vacation feeders but this does not seem like it would work for bettas since they will eat themselves to death. What arrangements do you make? I am especially curious since the average people you might ask to watch them would have it's a just fish attitude.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:31 AM   #2 
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It depends how long I will be gone & the tank my fish are in. When I went on vacation for two weeks last year I had a 10g tank that had 3 or 4 female Bettas & 2 CAE's (they were very small & are now in a 46g). I did a large water change the day before I left & left instructions for my house sitter to only feed every 2-3 days to keep waste a minimum, I odn't know if the sitter did this but the fish were all still alive & didn't appear to have any issues. When I got home I did a large water change & got back into my normal schedule. The Betta I had at work was a little different story & she was overfed while I was gone, but I did have a co-worker change out her water since she was in a 1g.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:41 AM   #3 
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I usually go for a week and i also change my tanks day before i go. Well they also have feast before i leave. I don't cycle my tanks so i do 100% water changes. And i also ask my mom to come to my house and feed them every 2 days and i instructed her to try wait until they eat so food don't sink to the bottom and contaminate the water. Don't use feeders machine like you already said, i read so many complains about them.
How long is your vocation?
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:58 AM   #4 
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depends on how long u will be on vacation...if I have to go for like more than a week..then I usually ask my friend here, another betta breeder, to keep my "important" fishes. fyi, healthy bettas will not die or get sick if their only problem is no food to eat for like a week or so ( I've got "lost package" finally arrived at my home after 9 days "travelling" or probably "forgotten", the courier won't confessed what had happen ) and it was very much alive, starved of course, chased the mosquito larvaes I fed him like crazy LOL, but after that he was fine, gave me some nice offsprings later on.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:06 AM   #5 
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I'm not going on vacation yet but I am thinking ahead and want to see how people manage.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:53 AM   #6 
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Just don't give it to anyone to take care of...I read someone had friend's fish and decide to change the water of course he didn't know about water conditioner. So it better to starve them than give them to someone else .
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:29 AM   #7 
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I was wondering the same about vacations....we go away for 8 days and there is no one to look after fish.
So, should i just change water day before i leave?
I have 2.5g minibow with filter, not cycled yet, no live plants.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:48 AM   #8 
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Slug since you will be gone a long time and the water should be changed sooner on a 2.5. I would either upgrade to a 5 gallon (I got mine for $10) and/or get this sponge filter it's dirt cheap and works great. You need a air pump to go with it with the adjustable air connector so it's betta suitable.

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Old 03-14-2013, 11:54 AM   #9 
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I can't re-buy everything..too expensive. I just bought this stuff 3 weeks ago.
is there no other way for this to work?
I'm hoping the tank will be cycled long before we go away.
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Just don't give it to anyone to take care of...I read someone had friend's fish and decide to change the water of course he didn't know about water conditioner. So it better to starve them than give them to someone else .
I think depends on who you're going to hand it/them over to, if it's a person who never kept a betta, then don't. But I was handing them over to the hand of another breeder to take care, and he surely knows how to take care of them.
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