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Hello! I was wondering if anybody has any suggestions on what I should do while I’m out of town for a week. My female betta is my newest addition and she’s still a baby. Not baby baby but she’s not quite full grown yet. I feed her twice a day, once in the morning (two betta pellets) and once in the evening (a few freeze dried blood worms). This has been her routine since I brought her home in September.
Unfortunately I am having to leave the house for a week for work and this will be my first time leaving her. The only person I could get to feed her while I’m gone is not my first choice. They need simple instructions and I’m afraid telling them to give her the worms one at a time will be too much for them.
I am planning to tell them to give her 3 pellets in the morning and leave it at that? I figure eating once a day should be fine for a week right? Anybody have any better suggestions for me? Or anyone who has dealt with people who don’t quite understand that the goldfish they got at the fair that one time that died 3 months after doesn’t count as being a properly experienced “fish owner”? Maybe I’m worrying too much haha.
 

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Go the drug store and get one of plastic geezer pill popper trays and put the daily food in each blister.
That’s super smart, thank you!

...or some of the condiment cups. I always have some on hand. I use them for fertilizer dosing, superworm pupae and occasionally for condiments.


I wish I had some on hand. That would be a good idea for my community tank feeding.
 

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pre-filling daily feed amounts works great of course. In this day and age everyone has a smartphone with a camera. If you don't want to fill lots of little cups, put a single feed's amount in a shot glass and take a picture, then text it to them. Just tell them to match the picture. As long as they're close it'll work. If you can't trust them to do that, not sure I'd trust them in my house at all.
This is an extra challenge for smaller tanks with few fish. My tank's big enough when I leave the instructions for my son is "one cube of frozen food a day". I usually have a mix of frozen brine and frozen bloodworms in the blister packs, and one cube is enough, they'll be ok on a diet for a week. I overfeed anyhow. It would be harder for a small tank. My nano is shrimp only so they can get a algae wafer mid-week and be fine.
 

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pre-filling daily feed amounts works great of course. In this day and age everyone has a smartphone with a camera. If you don't want to fill lots of little cups, put a single feed's amount in a shot glass and take a picture, then text it to them. Just tell them to match the picture. As long as they're close it'll work. If you can't trust them to do that, not sure I'd trust them in my house at all.
This is an extra challenge for smaller tanks with few fish. My tank's big enough when I leave the instructions for my son is "one cube of frozen food a day". I usually have a mix of frozen brine and frozen bloodworms in the blister packs, and one cube is enough, they'll be ok on a diet for a week. I overfeed anyhow. It would be harder for a small tank. My nano is shrimp only so they can get a algae wafer mid-week and be fine.
Thank you for the tip! I think what I’ll do is the daily med container. I happen to have an extra one of those 🙂 Usually I would have my roommate take care of the tanks while I’m away but unfortunately they recently moved out and are not available. The person that I am having feed is definitely trustworthy but they are inexperienced is all. This will be their first time helping me with my betta tank. They already know the program with my larger community tank and it’s worked out well. So we shall see.
I agree with you that it’s harder with smaller tanks. That’s my main concern. But I think, with the suggestions I got, it will be ok. 🙂
 

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Go with what Dfarr67 said. You can get one with morning and evening dividers for 2 meals a day. Fill them for the days you'll be gone and put the rest of the food away. I just leave the pill dispenser on top of the tank and it has worked out great. Even if they miss a day they know where they're at because the container is labeled
 

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I like the ideas about preparing the food for each day ahead of time for the person to look after your Beta.

However, when you add the note that the assigned person is NOT your first choice, without getting into specifics, any or all of us may need to leave home for an unexpected reason and we might be faced with the situation that in that time, we do not have someone trustworthy at a last minute situation.

I suggest going forward, you also keep on hand an auto Fish Feeder. I purchased a Fish Mate F14 Aquarium Fish Feeder years ago for this purpose and it has worked fine for when I had a smaller Beta tank and for now with my larger 30 Gallon planted tank with a variety of inhabitants. It is best to test using one for a week to get familar with it and make sure it works when you need it. There are other auto fish feeders out there that are also fine and could be considered as well.

By the way for several years I had a smaller 5 gallon tank with a Beta and I never felt the need to feed it more than once per day. Some may even suggest every other day.

To tell you the truth all fish always look hungry; that is their characteristic. The more any fish get fed the more waste products they produce. One should never base how much food they feed their fish based on the marketing on fish food labels which may be motivated by increasing profit by suggesting customers over feed their fish.
 

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Hello there. You are so right. the reason I was saying they aren't my first choice is because they are someone who is older and doesn't have very good finger mobility. So this was me trying to lesson their frustration with the small food pellets and the dries blood worms.

I completely agree with you on the over feeding. I feed my betta twice a day in small amounts so that they have an easier time digesting. She gets two pellets in the morning and two dried bloodworms in the evening. Honestly, I have no idea if that would be considered feeding a lot or not? Anyway, I will definitely look into an auto feeder. I don't know why I have such reservations about using them. I will definitely take your suggestion to use it while I'm home to get used to how it works. Thank you so much for your reply! :)
 
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