How to Feed Fish on Vacation / Holiday

How to Feed Fish on Vacation / Holiday

Feeding Fish on Vacation Preparing the aquarium Do a normal sized water change the day before
you leave; don’t be tempted to do a huge water change larger than your normal amount as this may disrupt your
aquarium water chemistry. Leave algae growth in your aquarium until
after you return. Many fish will actually feed on algae on your aquarium plants, glass
or ornaments when they do not receive food regularly. By not cleaning your aquarium algae
too thoroughly before going on vacation, you can provide a much needed food source for
your fish whilst you are away. Preparing the Filter Do any filter maintenance no closer than a
week before you leave to give your filter bacteria a chance to recover. Filter maintenance can kill off good bacteria;
if an overly aggressive cleaning is done, it may kill off too much of the ammonia reducing
bacteria in you filter and cause an ammonia spike when you go away.
Preparing the Fish Many people get tempted to overfeed their
fish before they go on vacation. Doing this may cause an ammonia spike and poor water
quality. Feed your fish normally up until you leave. Make sure all your fish are getting along.
Any aggression between fish will increase when food is scarce. If your fish are bickering,
try to split them up before you leave if possible. Make sure your
fish are healthy and free from disease. Any
illness may get worse whilst you are away as a fishes immune system will get weaker
when they haven’t eaten for a while. A dead fish can cause an ammonia spike
and possibly wipe out the entire aquarium. Feeding Fish on Vacation Vacation for 1-3 days All healthy fish will be fine to be left without
food for up to three days. This length of time without food presents no danger to any
fish. Vacation for 4-7 days If you are going for a week most fish medium
large fish of three inches or larger will be fine without any food. Small fish (tetra size
and below) are less resistant
you may need a friend to feed them using pre measured amounts that you leave for them. An auto feeder is
also a great choice to give your fish food whilst away. Vacation for over 7 days For one week or over, only the largest fish such as large cichlids will be able to
cope without food. For these lengths of time, having somebody come round to feed
your fish or using an auto feeder is necessary.

29 thoughts on “How to Feed Fish on Vacation / Holiday

  1. It's very surprising that yours is the only video on YouTube on the topic, given how critically important this knowledge is to fish keepers. Great tips! Thanks a million!

  2. I have 5 neon tetras (juvenile-ish), 5 glass catfish (almost fully grown), 3 yellow cichlids (juvenile), and a cory catfish (juvenile). Will these survive without food for four days?

  3. those vacation feeders you are so right I have African cichlids (small) and I came back for 3 days 1 of them died and I had a HUGE ammonia spike I did a 50% wc and and took it out immediately my fish are still in shock but I hope they survive ( BTW you just got one more sub )

  4. I'm going away on vacation for three weeks and I have 2 goldfish. I've heard goldfish can go a pretty long time without food so I was wondering if they would make it unfortunately my plane is tomorrow so I don't have much time to get a feeder😬

  5. Im going to vacation for 2 weeks, I have a pair of convict cichlids and red jewel cichlids both fully grown. about 9 centimeters. Im not worried about water pollution or filtration, but im worried tht they will attack each other because of hunger. i dont know if they will survive for that long without eating. my tank is 1 meter long. pls help

  6. Just saying people, this block holiday fish feeder is good to an extent. I've been away for 2 weeks solid before many times and gave one of these to my gold fish and they worked for up to 3-4 years and then my local fish store shut down so we just got someone to come round and feed my fish

  7. I have one common fish and two orangas. I plan on going on vacation for about 2 weeks in half. What should I do with these type of fish and sustain them while being away?

  8. I'm going to be leaving for 2 weeks and I have 2 Beunos Aires Tetras and 2 Black Striped long tailed tetras in one tank and then I have a goldfish and then a Beta fish. I have the calcium feeders for the goldfish and the Beta but I have a different kind of feeder for the tetras and It says 2 week feeder. But what should I do about the beta and the gold fish?

  9. I recently got a betta fish and often go away on weekends in the summer and am planning to go away for two weeks and wasn't sure what to do about my fish. This was very helpful, thank you

  10. I've moved to Australia one mounts ago and I have to go back to Ireland to claim my visa and I have not met anyone in Australia yet so I'm screwed

  11. I'm going away for a week and I'm leaving; a betta , two mollies , two gourami and two platys, will they be alright? Thanks in advance

  12. Your info is great

    I have a community 20gallon tank which include a dwarf gourami some tetras

    My doubt is will the gourami kill the tetras
    If i dont feed for a week
    My tank is heavely planted
    Can they survive

  13. I am.going for a 6days vacation worried about my fish. Sone says fish can go without food for a week. Can anyone advise?

  14. I am going on vacation for 2 weeks, i have only albino cory cats , i have the automatic feeder but i am worry about the water evaporation , i have acrylic 40 gallon aquarium .Can you tell me they will be ok? And i usually give them a little peace of algae tablet , i try to put in the automatic feeder but they wont dispense at all , if i open more then to much food go to the tank , i have only 4 corys . Should i put pellets? and what kind , they like shrimp pellets it will be ok to feed that for 2 weeks ?

  15. Hi, so I have a Betta and I’ll be gone for 15 days.
    I have feeder but unsure if I can set it for that many days!
    How does your feeder work? Works for 15 days? How many pebbles of food it releases each time?

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