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Old 02-28-2014, 04:40 PM   #1 
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Going on vacation, how can I keep my bettas alive while I'm gone?

I am going on vacation for roughly 10 days and am wondering how long I can leave my bettas without food or water changes? I've heard a couple different opinions. One person said they can't go any more than 2-3 days, while another said they'll be fine for the 10 days as long as I feed them before I leave. Which is it? Thanks.
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:43 PM   #2 
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I don't think food is the big concern, really. I'd say they're fine for 10 days without food, but not 10 days without a water change. Unless they're in filtered and cycled tanks...
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What if I do a full water change before I leave?
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Well what size tank are they in? Even for a 2.5 that's really pushing it...
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Right now they are in small 1 gallon tanks. I know they should be kept in a minimum of 2.5, but I have not had the money to buy them new ones. When I do, I'll be buying a 10 gallon and putting a divider in the middle.
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:13 PM   #6 
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I keep all my guys in 1ish gallons - don't sweat that too much!
In 1 gallons though, they need at least 2 wc's a week, or else the ammonia gets to a level that could really make them sick.
Do you have anyone that could do a sort of simplified wc? I would get several gallons of water all conditioned up, and ready to go, and simply tell the person to remove about 1/2 or 2/3, with a cup, or a turkey baster (So cheap, so brilliant for fish care), and then slowly pour in the pre-conditioned water. So they don't have to cup the fish, or rinse anything out. Just remove and replace.
The tricky thing there is keeping the temps from fluctuating too wildly, assuming you have em heated. Maybe they could microwave the water for like 2 seconds first?
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:21 PM   #7 
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Maybe. I am living in a dorm at a college campus, and during spring break, no one is around, so there's no one to tend to the fish. Would it be possible for me to keep them safely in mason jars during vacation, then return them to their tanks when I get back?
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:29 PM   #8 
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If you're going home, I think just moving them would be the best plan. If you're like backpacking in Europe, maybe not the best lol
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