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Offline Cod_only_knows

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Going on holiday.
« on: December 15, 2014, 09:59:21 PM »
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So I'm going away over Christmas and don't know the neighbours well enough to ask them to feed my fish. I'm going away for 11 days and have bought a tetra feeding block. I have a 55l with 6 x-ray tetras and 4 platies. I'm worried the whole block would foul the water, but don't want them going hungry. As the fish are all pretty young do you think half the block will be okay?

I plan to do a 30% water change before going and another when I return. Any tips?

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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2014, 08:04:14 AM »
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Tip #1: Throw the feeding block in the bin.

Tip #2: Do just your normal water changes before you go and after you return.

Tip #3: Stop worrying and enjoy your holiday..... the fish will be fine.


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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2014, 10:41:48 AM »
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How long can/do small fish last without food then?

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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2014, 12:38:52 PM »
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I've been on hols and left them for two weeks and there's been no problem at all.

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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2014, 12:49:02 PM »
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 :yikes: Blimey

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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2014, 01:21:47 PM »
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I like the look of this http://amzn.to/1wd2Ov3 an autofeeder thingy...

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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2014, 01:51:15 PM »
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If you were planning on using an auto-feeder, then it would be best if you set it up while you're at home and let it do its thing for two weeks (or however long you anticipate being away for) then you can check that all's well with it.
The last thing you want is for it to dump all the food in after it had got a bit damp due to condensation.... or similar. :(

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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2014, 01:53:52 PM »
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True Col.

Used an autofeeder on my cat once, he broke into it and ate all his 3 day supply in one sitting :D

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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2014, 02:27:47 PM »
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So, the general consensus then is just don't feed them?

I like little fish, and plan for quite a few in my forthcoming 240L. Are there any fish in particular that might not like this period of fasting?

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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2014, 02:42:47 PM »
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What do people do about lights? I assume most have timers as it would otherwise be difficult to leave a tank with lights off or on for days at a time.

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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2014, 03:09:53 PM »
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Light timers from B&Q - 3 for a tenner. Useful on the Christmas tree lights, too. :)

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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2014, 06:43:48 PM »
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I use timers from wherever I happen to be when I need one. I got one from Wilkinsons this morning for 3.

I'm lucky in that my son has to just about pass our house to get to work so I leave the food in pill boxes and he calls in to just drop that day's premeasured food in the tanks. When he remembers.

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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2014, 08:22:36 PM »
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Wow, and there I was worrying about the occasional long weekend!

Thanks for the feedback everyone.

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Re: Going on holiday.
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2014, 10:37:40 PM »
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I have a Fishmate automatic feeder. It works better with pellets rather than flakes which tend to go damp/soggy and clog it. This was fine when I had goldfish with bigger appetites and thus bigger portions of food. As my new tank doesn't have a feeder hole in the lid, I removed the lid and set this on a condensation tray with a hole cut out, and left the lid of the automatic feeder open to minimise condensation and the food going soggy as I now have tropicals like yours and the food is much smaller. It worked but some of the food was clogged. This gives me some reassurance that they are being fed at least some food but, having researched the pros and cons of the feeding blocks .v. 'not feeding', it does seem as though 'not feeding' is the safer of those two options.

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