Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-07-2011, 04:16 PM   #1 
InvertedVantage
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Going on vacation for two weeks...how do I feed my fish?

Hi all. I'm going home for the holidays and, being a college student, all my friends are too. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to feed my fish for the two weeks I'll be gone? Thank you!

EDIT: Before it gets mentioned, I can't take them home with me. I live in the tropics and I'm currently attending school in upstate NY. I doubt the TSA, in all their wisdom, will let me get around their 3 ounces of liquid rules. :(


Thanks for any help, it's much appreciated.

Last edited by InvertedVantage; 12-07-2011 at 04:27 PM.
InvertedVantage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2011, 04:26 PM   #2 
Kytkattin
Member
 
Kytkattin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: California
How big is the tank? That is actually more important than food. If it is anything smaller than 5 gallons (or 5 gallons without a filter) you will need to just take the tank with you.

Do you only have a betta, or do you have other fish? Bettas can go at least 2 weeks without food, but many other species cannot.
Kytkattin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2011, 04:34 PM   #3 
InvertedVantage
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
I only have a betta, and the tank is a five gallon with a small heater pad, a single decorative plant, and a decorative jar with no gravel.

I've been meaning to get to the pet store to get more stuff for it (just in general, I think he's getting kind of bored of it), and I have two weeks to do that if I need to get anything else.
InvertedVantage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2011, 04:37 PM   #4 
Kytkattin
Member
 
Kytkattin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: California
Is the tank filtered? If so, how long has the filter been running? As long as it is filtered, it should actually be fine. Just do a 50% before you go, and again as soon as you get back. If it does not have a filter, you don't have enough time to set up a cycle, and I am just not sure if the water will be okay for that long.

If you do go to the store, don't waste your money on the feeder pyramids, or even an automatic feeder. The former pollutes the water, and the feeders tend to do that or worse. Very unreliable.
Kytkattin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2011, 04:40 PM   #5 
InvertedVantage
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
I've left the tank before for two weeks without changing the water (usually it's every week but sometimes things get in the way), I'm not so worried about that; I didn't notice any issues by the time I switched the water. It's the feeding that has me concerned.
InvertedVantage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2011, 04:40 PM   #6 
1fish2fish
Member
 
1fish2fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Savannah, GA
There are automatic feeders you can get. I don't know how well this one works but it might be worth a try..
http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-BettaM.../dp/B0049U45K8

Normally I would recommend not feeding your betta while you are gone but 2 weeks is a long time and very hard on your fish. So what I suggest is doing a 100% water change the day you leave (don't feed this day) set up the automatic feeder to just expel one or two pellets a day and change the water as soon as you get home.

It's not an ideal situation but I think it will work.

Edit.. This one is more expensive but has MUCH better reviews. http://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Feede.../dp/B001F2117I

Last edited by 1fish2fish; 12-07-2011 at 04:44 PM.
1fish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2011, 04:45 PM   #7 
InvertedVantage
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Thanks for the advice. I'll look into automatic feeders. I'm going to ask some roommates of friends to see if they might be willing, but I'd like to have a backup plan just in case. :)
InvertedVantage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2011, 04:48 PM   #8 
Kytkattin
Member
 
Kytkattin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: California
Ghost shrimp might work. Though if he is in good health, he should be fine for 2 weeks. I have left my fish for almost that long, and one is quite old. They are tougher than we give them credit.

Honestly, I have never heard any good things about automatic feeders. They tend to mold, overfeed, or both! IMO, you are more likely to come back to a dead fish from that, than just a hungry one. Plus if he isn't eating the water quality will stay higher.
Kytkattin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2011, 04:55 PM   #9 
EvilVOG
Member
 
EvilVOG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Detroit, Mi
anyone have an opinion of the gel vacation feeders out there?
EvilVOG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2011, 05:35 PM   #10 
Myates
Member
 
Myates's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Sometimes those automatic feeders end up dumping all of the food in at once.. too many horror stories here on the forums about them.. but as 1fish said.. 2 weeks is a risk.
If you have a few bucks to spare- can buy a small or medium kritter keeper from PetCo for less then $10 and just take him with you :)
Otherwise, I would see if a friend could feed him a few times while you are away, making sure they know exactly how much to feed.
As mentioned before, do a 100% the day before you leave, and when you come back, because 2 weeks is a long time to go without a water change.

As for the gel ones.. I wouldn't trust them.. just like the pyramid feeders and such, they may pollute the water too much, especially a smaller tank.
Myates is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Do bettas know how to feed off of feeding blocks? Going on vacation. kimmy2100 Betta Fish Care 6 06-26-2011 10:46 AM
My fish hasn't pooped for 2 weeks !!! LuxC Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 10 04-17-2011 04:00 PM
1 Weeks Vacation.... Purplely Betta Fish Care 23 03-31-2008 10:23 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.