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Old 01-30-2006, 07:24 PM   #1
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How to feed fish while on vacation?

Hey all,

I wanted to ask you guys how you feed your fish when you go away for a weekend or a vacation?

I know there are Disolving feeders for freshwater, but I havent seen any for saltwater.

Right now I feed frozen brine shrimp to our copper banded butterfly 3x a day.

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Old 01-30-2006, 07:48 PM   #2
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If I go away for 2 days they do not get feed. If longer I have someone dump the previously prepareed food into the tank.

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Right now I feed frozen brine shrimp to our copper banded butterfly 3x a day.
At best I target fed my CB once a day. (only if I noticed him not eating well when I fed the tank). Buy it some frozed blood worms instead of brine. It will love you for it.
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Old 01-30-2006, 08:37 PM   #3
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I'll let the tank go 3-4 days without feeding. Any more than that I prepare packets with food for a friend who can stop by and throw it in the tank. As I mostly feed blender mush I ask that they thaw it in some tank water first but who knows for sure. Time to hookup the web cam!
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He Loves brine shrimp. He also eats mysis shrimp, but I think he likes the brine better.

He is not a problem eater.

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Mine never did not eat it just was not as aggressive as the others and got "short changed" sometimes. It will still love the blood worms.
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Old 01-31-2006, 12:14 AM   #6
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those dissolving things are crap. Best to not feed, or have a caretaker. A couple days won't kill your fish. Just add extra RO to bring the salinnity down a little when you leave, so the evap swing won't be too bad.
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We're going away next week. To prepare we've got automated feeders that will put food into the tanks on a daily basis (my tangs like to eat daily or they get nippy) and a friend will put frozen and nori in the tank a couple of times while I'm gone.

I've also prepared an auto topoff with the high/low sensors from autotopoff.com. I'll have a local reefer come by mid week and do a quick battery of tests to make sure that things haven't changed too dramatically while we're gone.

When I prepare food for the friend to put into the tank I always create the portions and have them labeled by tank and by day so that she knows what to put in when.

Then I cross my fingers and Pray for the best!
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i do pretty much what everyone else does. To make it easier on the person feeding, while i'm gone i just have them feed flake and nori. If you dont have a tang then you wont need nori of course. I bag it individually and mark it. I feed good the day i leave, then I have my little helper feed every other day after that. I also use a float switch to auto top the tank while I am gone. That is something you need to think about as well.
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I've seen those Automatic feeders for Flake food.

Too bad all fish don't just eat flake food!


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I will be going to Germany for 11 days in April. I use a top as well but my top water container does not hold 11 days worth! LOL, I need a bigger one.

I might consider getting an auto feeder and just doing flake for the week. I only feed about 3-4 days out of the week so I think it will be ok. I am looking into a web cam to monitor things.

Think ahead for sure!
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