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Old 12-09-2015, 10:24 AM   #1
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I am going to be going on a 2 1/2 week vacation. Can my tank be okay without anyone doing anything to it? No feeding, cleaning or water changes? Tank light is on a timer and all the fish are healthy.
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Old 12-09-2015, 04:28 PM   #2
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i feel that with a good water change or two right before you leave you should get buy unless you are really overstocked, There are 10 day feeding blocks available. not sure about 2 1/2 weeks.
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Old 12-09-2015, 04:32 PM   #3
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I don't use feeding blocks. I feel they do more harm than good.

Stocking: 7 Neon Tetra, 1 Peacock Gudgeon

Tank: 13G Aqueon widescreen
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Old 12-09-2015, 06:50 PM   #4
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Fish can easily go a week without food.

I would take a small container, fill it with food, and i struct someone to poor it into the tank halfway through your vacation. Whatever you pit in the container should be a normal size meal. Don't add extras. Make sure that the person who dumps it in the tank doesn't add anything more.

They should be fine being fed 1 time in 2 weeks. But if you're nervous, leave out 2-3 containers and tell people to feed one container on a day, another container a few days later, and another a few days after that.

I wouldn't leave the fish a full 2 and 1/2 weeks without food.



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Old 12-09-2015, 06:52 PM   #5
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The only problem is that no one will be able to access the tank when I'm not there. They need my ID and a key to get in. Also, everyone will be going home for break. (I'm in college)

I may hope for the best and see if they can make it. They have already gone 1 week without food and have been perfectly fine.
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If your worries about it their are plenty of DIY automated feeders on youtube. Or buy an actual auto-feeder.
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Old 12-09-2015, 07:34 PM   #7
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I am not worried, I was just trying to get the general consensus if they would be okay or not
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Old 12-10-2015, 12:12 AM   #8
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Petco has auto-feeders for $20.

I wouldn't be confident in 2.5 weeks of survival in aquarium fish. It might work though...


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Depending on the fish you have together, 2 1/2 weeks is a long time to leave the fish unfed and not expect some losses or fighting. Better to skip a water change than leave unfed for that amount of time. I second the auto feeder over the vacation blocks. Just set it up to put a small amount of food in once every couple of days. This way, no excessive poo so ammonia & nitrates stay under control.
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:50 PM   #10
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I have unfortunately had bad experiences with vacation blocks. They always did more harm to my water than good.
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