Originally Posted by Blue Ridge Reef
I sell and have tried the Tetra gel weekend feeders and the API pyramid 7 day ones. Honestly I don't love either of them, but both will leave bits of food exposed over time and more or less do what they are advertised to. I just worry that your juvenile angels might not find them and recognize them as food. I feel sure the guppies, shrimp and Ancistrus will though. I think I would be inclined to put an automatic feeder on the tank if no one can come by and reliably feed for you.
Yep, my angels aren't the brightest, it seems. They go into a feeding frenzy for flakes on the surface, but once the flakes or pellets start to sink, they'll literally watch them drift by and make no effort to eat them. Fortunately the guppies will. I actually have some Tetra gel feeders that I was too chicken to try for a week away when I just had the guppies, otos & puffers. Will have to give those a test run--maybe attaching it up high so the guppies can get to it before the snails do.....
Either that or if you can have pre-measured portions and have some one feed them once or twice while your gone. That would be the best to me.
Yeah, I don't have anyone to do that, unfortunately. Hence the problem & need for a reliable autofeeder
If you are not willing to let them be then your only choice is an automatic feeder or one of those food pills already mentioned. Of the automatic feeders the fluval one is I believe the best of the "cheap" feeders. Aquarium Co-op just made an automatic feeder and have been marketing it this past month. Its brand new though so it has no track record.
Personally I wouldn't hesitate to add pellets of an appropriate size to an automatic feeder for your angels. If they don't eat them it sounds like there is plenty of other fish in your tank that will clean up any left overs. By the time you come back I expect they will be eating the pellets. Just pick some decent ones. I have been playing with Fluval Bugbites lately. They have a small size for "tropical fish" that will work fine unless your angels are newly hatched.
Thanks for those feeder recommendations--will check them out. Yeah, I think a little tough love & hunger will wean them onto the pellets. I'm using two sizes of the New Life Spectrum recommended by resident Cichlid Whisperer @Discusluv
. Got the angels 6 wks ago now as dime-sized juveniles, and they now range from one nickle-sized runt to some larger than silver dollar. Will probably go with the smaller pellets that all the angels & guppies can eat. If the guppies are well fed they'll keep dropping fry for the larger angels who don't like the small pellets. If I order a feeder soon, I should have a week or so to test it out with different foods to see how it works. I know the safest bet is to just let them go hungry for a week, but they're growing beautifully and don't want to stunt them. I did lose one runt to starvation shortly after getting them, so would hate to lose any more. And with all the other critters in the tank, I don't think overfeeding will be an issue. Actually, I'll probably feed them 20-40% less than I am currently.
Will report back on what I end up getting, and how my test runs go.....