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how to feed fish while on vacation

i will be going on 2 trips next month.
first trip: leaving Wednesday night and returning sunday afternoon
second trip: leaving Monday afternoon and returning sunday afternoon


i take many trips where i leave Friday afternoon and return sunday afternoon and i haven't had any problems. i feed them right before i leave and the second i get back. so they go approx. 48 hours without food.


how do i feed them when i go on these longer trips if i cant get someone to come over and feed them while I'm gone?

tank #1 has 10 corys and 35 assorted tetras. heavily planted.
tank #2 has 5 yoyo loaches. heavily planted.

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how do i feed them when i go on these longer trips if i cant get someone to come over and feed them while I'm gone?
Automatic feeders like this would certainly be an option. Just be sure to get it dialed in before the day you're leaving

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I would do the same with both trips. Feed well then do a water change before you leave and then do the same when you get back. Fish can easily go a week without being fed. I just recently took a vacation myself. 6 aquariums, no food for 7 days and everyone was happy and healthy when I got back.
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I would do the same with both trips. Feed well then do a water change before you leave and then do the same when you get back. Fish can easily go a week without being fed. I just recently took a vacation myself. 6 aquariums, no food for 7 days and everyone was happy and healthy when I got back.
I'd do the same. If you figure out a way to feed while you're gone, then you might also need to figure out how to do a water change while you're gone. Eliminating the food eliminates more waste which eliminates the need to be there to clean! I'd say most every fish should be fine for a week especially if this is a planted tank.

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Feed a bit heavier in the week before going and do a light water change (10-20%) a few days before going . Then go off and enjoy yourself . This has been my routine for the last 30-40 years and it works for me . My tanks are well planted and not particularly crowded . A week away is no problem , I've gone over 2 weeks and everything was OK. . Auto feeders can be more trouble than they're worth , especially if , like me , you have a bunch of tanks . Likewise for having someone who doesn't know what they're doing come in to feed .
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Ditto the above. I don't like to be gone longer than ten but I've left my fishes up to fifteen days no food and they were okay.Whereas the time I left my fishes in someone's care, the feeding instructions were not exactly followed and it was a problem.


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I use a automatic feeder when I leave for a week of vacation.
Works great.
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I feel better using one too. But, I'd say it also depends on the fish. Larger fish do better with fasting than nano fish with fast metabolisms. If you go a week without feeding chili rasboras for example, I feel we'd come home to some spindly sunken bellied fish. I can see a difference when I skip a weekend

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