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Feeding Fish While Away

I'm leaving for 11 days soon and I was wondering what the best way to make sure the fish get fed is, short of an automatic feeder and asking people to come do it. Are there options that are better than others?

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I've found the best option is to feed the fish just before you leave, and then leave them alone. This works out much better than having an inexperienced person feed the fish.

I've left my tanks on there own for up to 2 weeks with out any issues. There is one exception. If you have fry, you need to feed them often, so you need someone to come in.
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Yes, unless you have fry or any kind of fish who absolutely need to be fed frequently, it is perfectly okay to leave them without food for a while (I have done up to ~3 weeks). Just make sure they are well nourished when you leave. Another thing is that in a mature tank, fish usually find something to eat from time to time even without feeding.


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I agree on not feeding them. If you do have someone to feed them than have portioned out food in medicine containers that have the days of the week on them.


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I agree that not feeding is the best option. However, what do you do about lights? My tanks are in a basement with no natural sunlight. Would you suggest timers for the lights or darkness? Just curious, I use timers.
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Definitely timers


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