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Old 06-23-2009, 06:06 PM   #1
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I will be away for 16 days and there is no one I would trust to feed them. Can I leave them that long? I have to top up the tank and empty the skimmer every few days. Short of hiring someone from the LFS, does anyone have any ideas?
As I have a reef tank with a fair current, I would need a feeder that will put the food underwater or it will float to the filter before the fish can eat.
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The fish can not wait that long to feed. Someone or something will need to feed them several times.
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why dont you get someone you dont trust but pre fix the food in bags for every day of feed? also fix a jug of water for top offs so they wont get strait tap water just fix it so you can trust them
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I disagree depending on the fish (anthias and perhaps other finicky eaters). I have left fish non-fed for over 2wks without any emaciation; however, you can purchase an automatic feeder and fill using small pellets. Make sure you use the feeder before leaving to make sure of proper functioning.
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i dont understand why you dont just ask a nieghbor or a relative in town... theres honestly NO ONE you can trust to feed a fish? come on
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Not trying to cause an arguement. Your experience is your`s and valuable but even if they could make it 2 weeks do you think it`s fair to the fish to make them them go that long without feeding. They say around two weeks is the limit but I`m not going to test that out. My fish will never go more than every other day without feeding. I would find someone to feed at least every couple days or do the auto feed.
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mikes right i have gone four days without feeding came home fed them and i thought they were going to jump out of the tank for the food
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I've done 7 days easily, feedng heavily 4 days prior to leaving.
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When I go out of town I have a marker on my sump for my mother in law to top off with RO water every day and I also pre-portion the food out for her to feed with specific instructions. I think if someone could do that for you it will work out ok.
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you should really get an Automatic Feeder
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