Vacation Question - Algae Eaters
We will be taking a two-week vacation in the near future, and have a few questions about tank management/feeding while we're away. We currently have an Amano tank stocked primarily with algae eaters (assortment of Otocinclus, Siamese Algae Eaters, Albino Bushy Nose Plecos and Angelicus Loaches; approx 12 total at this point). We previously had both warm water tropical and fancy goldfish tanks and were away on numerous ocassions for up to a week. We used the slow release type of feed desgined specifically for long absences (different types for each tank, of course) and everything was fine.
Here are the basics of our current Amano tank: 55 gallon, Eheim 2075 Pro 3 Canister Filter, SolarMax 48" Double T5 Light System - 28W x 4, and Pressurized CO2. The plants are Dwarf Baby Tears on Malaysian Driftwood, and Dwarf Hair Grass on Fluval Plant + Shrimp Substrate. We use Yamato Green fertilizer and currently we have it set up for 8 hours of light per day. We've had it up and running for about 7 months, so it is relatively established. It runs brilliantly and we've had absolutely no issues recently.
Having someone check on the tank, or feed the fish in our absence, isn't an option. Is there any type of slow-release food that is appropropriate for these type of fish? Given that they are mostly algae eaters, and that the tank is estabished, I've been told they can survive for quite a while without any supplemental feed. We currently drop a few Hikari sinking wafers in the tank every couple of days, but if there is a slow release option we would like to use that as well while we're gone.