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Tetra Weekend Food
« on: August 01, 2018, 11:07:38 PM »
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Hi All

Iím going away for a week and Iíve got some Tetra Weekend food sticks for the fish.

It says on the box for my size tank:

Number of Fish
8-18

Days of Absence
2-3 days = 1 stick
4-6 days = 2 sticks

I have less than 8 fish (only 2 platies) but Iím out of the house for 6 whole days....so should I go with 1 stick or 2 do you think?

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Re: Tetra Weekend Food
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2018, 11:14:57 PM »
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From what little I've heard about those food sticks, I'd be inclined to think of some other plan...  They have a pretty poor reputation... 

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Re: Tetra Weekend Food
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2018, 11:21:42 PM »
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Really?! Oh dear. Why such a poor reputation?

I have nobody to feed them while Iím away.

Any other suggestions?  :-\

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Re: Tetra Weekend Food
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2018, 04:59:29 AM »
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Leave them, they'll be fine. Feed them up before you go if you want to, and give them a big water change.

Much as I have always loved the Tetra food range and still consider it the best, ALL so called holiday/vacation foods... all foods left in the tank while you're not there, are a huge no-no. Fish invariably don't like them and they just rot and pollute the tank. Your fish will be perfectly fine for a week or two, in fact they'll probably look better when you get back.

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Re: Tetra Weekend Food
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2018, 07:45:21 AM »
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I have previously left my gang without food when going away, and they've been fine.
I was very nervous to start with, so just started with weekends away, then increased the time to long weekends, and as everyone was fine I felt more and more comfortable, so continued to increase the time away.
Earlier this year I went on a longer holiday, and managed to get a friend to call over every 3rd day to feed them, but as a general rule I leave them as they are.
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Re: Tetra Weekend Food
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2018, 09:01:50 AM »
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Ah ok then, thatís the plan. Thanks for the advice  :)

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Re: Tetra Weekend Food
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2018, 03:02:04 PM »
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From what little I've heard about those food sticks, I'd be inclined to think of some other plan...  They have a pretty poor reputation... 
Just to clarify, @ID2, that it's not that particular brand that's a problem - in fact, I think they're one of the better ones, but generally they do have a reputation for fouling the water as Hampalong describes. (Having said that, I put one in for my goldfish many years ago, hidden behind some decor, but he found it, went into a frenzied attack of it, and consumed it in its entirety within 45mins before I'd even left for the airport.)

I use a Fishmate auto-feeder which is an alternative option [do a search on here for auto-feeders and you'll see various discussions of them] but they're not entirely fool-proof eg food can get clogged up in these devices, especially with the small number of fish you'd be feeding, and they don't always work with modern-day tank lids/hoods and potentially result in a gap from which fish might leap out.

I find an auto-feeder more reliable than humans, though - I've had folk not keeping their promises of calling in or folk panicking because decor has fallen over / they think the fish isn't well, etc, and I can see how a series of idiosyncrasies with the tank could cause a range of problems (eg opening the tank can sometimes knock the filter off the tank wall, but a person unfamiliar with the tank might not realise the need to take care that no tank inhabitants dart behind the filter as it's being re-attached), etc.

In a nutshell, therefore, leave them as they are. If you have a habit of pulling out all plugs before you leave, though, remember to keep everything connected with the tank switched on - think of the filter as the life-support machine of the tank.




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Re: Tetra Weekend Food
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2018, 03:54:56 PM »
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Thank you fcmf  :)

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