Originally Posted by Amour
Based on the reviews I read, I wouldn't buy it.
If you really are going to be gone a lot, then maybe you shouldn't keep fish until you're in a more stable position. It's not really fair to them that they have to rely on some electronic thing to feed them and take care of them when really they need a little TLC and a human's touch.
What's the point of keeping fish when you're hardly ever there to enjoy them?
RandomFish pointed out to me that Petsmart has two 5-star reviews, which gives me slightly more confidence. Here's the thing. The question of whether I really should have got the fish in my situation is moot, because well, I have four live creatures. There's no going back.
I am talking about leaving home for a week for about three times a year. Winter break from school, spring break, and a week during the summer. I think, actually, that this is a reasonable amount of time for vacations and such.
Because I can't control the fact that I have to be out of my dorm, I think the best alternative would be an automatic feeder. Despite what many think is a horrible investment, I have no choice but to buy an automatic feeder. I believe fish lovers on this forum would have a decent idea, based on experience, of suitable auto feeders I could purchase.
For two out of the three week-long vacations, I can't hire someone or ask a friend to look after my fish because no one can stay in the dorm where I stay over those breaks. Either I lug the 10-gallon tank home (putting additional stress on the fish), or keep them safe in their planted tank.