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Sweet Potato: The Ultimate Vacation Feeder?

The other day I cut and skinned a slice of sweet potato approximately 1.5" in diameter and 1/2" thick, microwaved it in some water for 2 minutes, put a lead weight through the middle and sunk it in the tank. The otos immediately took to it, and by day two when it really softened up my tetras, cories, and pleco were crushing it too!

Is sweet potato the ultimate vacation feeder? I mean, if you put it in the tank raw or only lightly microwaved it could easily last a week+. Why spend the money on those vacation feeders when you can use a slice of sweet potato that probably costs about 3 cents The fish love it and it's a healthy treat too!
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And I can eat what doesn't go in the tank.
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Lol, true! I baked the rest of it.

My Otos have little pot bellies from getting spoiled on sweet potato and spinach.
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Probably not a bad idea. Don't ever use the white plaster looking "vacation feeders" they cause havoc with your water chemistry.


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Probably not a bad idea. Don't ever use the white plaster looking "vacation feeders" they cause havoc with your water chemistry.
Made that mistake before..... Came back from vacation the vacation feeder was not touched and grown a big fuzzz around it.
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lol, I've never used one of those pyramid vacation feeders but they never seemed like a good idea. Sweet potato is where it's at!
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Sweet idea.(pun intended)

Unless you are gonna be gone for a full week or more there is really no need for feeders IMO. It is pretty hard to starve a fish to death.

A little off topic here but.... In college I had a 55gallon with jack dempseys in it, I left them alone for the entire winter break (about a month) with 60 or 70 feeder goldfish. When I came back they were no worse for the wear and only a few feeders were still swimming around. Point being... Your fish can take pretty good care of themselves, but the sweet potato idea is a good one if you have alot of herb/omnivores that you need to leave alone for a week or two.
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