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Old 05-18-2010, 12:19 AM   #1 
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No food or no heat? What should i do?

Ok ok i know i will catch crap for this thread b/c someone already kinda talked about this, but im worried and want to just make sure.....

Im leaving and will be gone for 5 nights leaving my betta without food for 4 entire days.

Now he has been recovering from fin rot and crappy living conditions for the past 2mnths ish....he is well improved.....i have the option to bring him to a friends but the travel tank is to small for a heater and the temp will be cool (68 degrees) since i live in canada and its not warm enough to go without one.

What do u think my best option is in this situation....would it be better to leave him home with no food or @ a friends with no heat?
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:28 AM   #2 
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What a coincidence! I'm leaving town for 3 days and am REALLY not sure what to do. All of the friends I would trust my fish with have animals that I don't trust.

Winston's been left alone for a weekend before and has done fine, I'm worried about my other two.
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:29 AM   #3 
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I think the food option is best, cuz I have seen on here that they can go weeks without food, since he is recovering from fin rot the heat will need to be there I would think.

I'm going with the food side just because of what I have read, if anyone objects say so and explain why so I can know also.
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:31 AM   #4 
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Leave him home where he has a heater. He'll be perfectly fine for 4 days, they can easily go two+ weeks without food, he's not going to starve ;)
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:33 AM   #5 
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yeah you can just leave him at home. Its for the best feed him before you leave and your set!
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:04 AM   #6 
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:) TY for your opinions....makes me feel better :)
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:02 PM   #7 
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He'll be fine with no food for 5 days.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:39 PM   #8 
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If your heater is adjustable I would also lower the temp while you leave. When I go away for more than just a weekend I *slowly* lower the temperature of the tank to 76*. This way the fish will be metabolizing less and will be able to easily go 5 days without food.

Its always better to pick heat over food unless your going to be gone longer than two weeks.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:50 PM   #9 
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...*slowly* lower the temperature of the tank to 76*. This way the fish will be metabolizing less and will be able to easily go 5 days without food.

GREAT tip!! Ty 1f2f :)
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:57 PM   #10 
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I've left mine for up to 5 days without food. Over five days, get someone to feed him once or twice.
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