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View Poll Results: What types of names do you name your betta?
Silly like Banana-Head 0 0%
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Manly like Spike 3 30.00%
Exotic like Juanita 3 30.00%
Classic like Swimmy 0 0%
Personality-based like Twitchy 2 20.00%
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:08 PM   #1 
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Question can i trust auto-feeders?

I am going away to Virginia for 8 days, and I am probably going to buy a filter for my tank soon. I saw these automatic feeders that dispenses food after a certain length of time, consistantly. Should I trust it? What if it breaks? Or what about those slowly dissolving things?
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:23 PM   #2 
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Only for 8 days? You can starve em for that long if you wish as well and they will be just fine.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:28 PM   #3 
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I don't trust them. I've hear so many horror stories. If I was in a pinch I might buy one and try it for a week before I left.

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Old 07-06-2011, 10:49 AM   #4 
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true, but I have other fish with him that are similar to guppies kind of, i don't know the exact species; i got them from a friend. so i guess i kind of have to take my chances with this one...
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:49 AM   #5 
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but I need a filter first...

i have no filter in my tank =[
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:02 PM   #6 
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I think you can safely leave them for 8 days. They'll be hungry but they'll be fine.
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:52 PM   #7 
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I have to respectfully disagree with leaving him without food for 8 days. Even though they are cold-blooded they come from a nutrient rich environment and a warm one at that (faster metabolism). While they might survive 8 days without food I think it is very likely their bodies will go into starvation mode, taking nutrients from storage supplies. I think there is a risk to their kidneys general immune function.

I just feel you should understand there is a risk involved. It's possible he won't make it or that he could contract a disease as a result of a weakened immune system. My max is 4 days, but I admit I tend to be conservative.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:28 PM   #8 
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Is there anyone you could instruct and trust to feed your tank while you're away?

I wouldn't trust those dissolving auto feeders.. but they do sell other types that have a release hatch and a timer.

http://www.amazon.com/petsupplies-co.../dp/B000F7OOJG

And other types too.. If I'm gone for longer than the fasting days, I have someone to feed Sammich.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:27 PM   #9 
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Crowntail:

I'd say

(1) Try and get the filter up and running before you leave -- dirty water isn't good.
(2) Not sure about these auto-feeders -- like NippyF, I've heard bad things
(3) You have guppies along with you betta? what size tank? (be careful -- if they are fancy guppies, with large colorful tails, your betta may attack them). Also if you have too many fish for your tank, that could be bad.
(4) If you have someone come in to feed them, make sure they know how much to feed -- most beginners will over-feed. Maybe leave out pre-measured portions?

Good luck!

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