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 05:27 PM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.