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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-23-2007, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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I will be away for about 2 1/2 weeks and I am wondering if autofeeders are any good. Can you set the amount of food it feeds in each feeding? I am really running out of options. Also, in a shrimp tank, can the shrimp live off of the detritus in there for a couple of weeks?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-23-2007, 09:03 AM
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If you want a cheaper alternative that worked for me during a 2 week trip (and I'm using it now,) is the newish Tetra Vacation feeders. Except this one is gel based so it wont crap up your tank and the fish eat it when they want to, it doesn't dissolve on its own.

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Both shrimp and fish can do without food in a planted, normally stocked tank for several weeks. Mine have gone for 3 weeks+ without feeding, no problem.

This doesn't apply to fish fry or very juvenile fish of course.

Not feeding keeps the water quality up as well, if no water changes are done. Keeping the temps lower than normally helps to slow down metabolism and reduce food requirements further. I know it's tough in the middle of Summer.


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Both shrimp and fish can do without food in a planted, normally stocked tank for several weeks. Mine have gone for 3 weeks+ without feeding, no problem.

This doesn't apply to fish fry or very juvenile fish of course.

Not feeding keeps the water quality up as well, if no water changes are done. Keeping the temps lower than normally helps to slow down metabolism and reduce food requirements further. I know it's tough in the middle of Summer.
That's amazing.

As far as the original post. I think with how much you spend determines the options and features your auto feeder will have. Some auto feeders can only do 2 feedings. Others will have a lot more options. I have seen $30 feeders and $80 feeders.
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I have this automatic fish feeder by Rainbow Lifegard Aquatics. It allows you to put how ever much you want for each feeding and allows you to feed multiple times per day, if you want.
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I have this Hydor feeder:
http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...wairconnection

And I'm pretty happy with it.

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This doesn't apply to fish fry or very juvenile fish of course.
That might be a problem, since I have a bunch of pregnant shrimp that will no doubt give birth to shrimplets the minute I leave so I can't see it.

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