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Old 09-03-2012, 12:16 PM   #1
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Default How long can fish go without eating?

Hi all,

I will be going out of town for 12 days, and am wondering if that is too long to go without feeding the fish? I have heard that the pyramids are not good for tank because there is too much waste. Also, I am unable to easily setup an auto-feeder because I have a fluval edge, so the top of the tank doesn't allow me to attach the auto-feeders.

Here is what I have in my 12 gallon tank:
- 2 glass catfish
- 2 guppies
- 2 neon tetras
- 2 endler's livebearer's
- 1 tetra
- 1 albino pleco

Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 09-03-2012, 02:01 PM   #2
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feed well up until 3 days before leaving...
day 3......feed only spirulina flakes.....
day 2......do not feed.......do a large 40% water change.....
day 1......do nothing..........

usually well fed fish can go 2-3 weeks without food.....
so i think you should be fine...
some people have a friend come in every day to feed the fish....bad mistake....
if you do have someone come in to feed make sure it is only twice a week..prepackage each feeding in a sandwich bag and tell them how to feed ....only 1 bag at a time....
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:46 PM   #3
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I had a friend come once to take care of my fish....When I got home...My tanks were uggglyy. They will be fine without food.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:44 PM   #4
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I agree, don't have someone come over to feed them. Just let the fish starve over the twelve days your gone, or maybe have someone feed them once (but do what loha said packaging wise, really smart idea)
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:43 PM   #5
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Fish can go a long time without food. I was at an aquarium club meeting, and a guy there said that he received a call from his fish sitter saying that all his fish were hanging out on their backs. He also asked if that was normal. When the guy got home, they were all dead. He was only gone 11 days. I unless you're gone for more then 3 weeks, it should be fine.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:08 PM   #6
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I have an automatic fish feeder that feeds a small amount every 12 hours for my 20 gallon office tank. It usually works just fine. I'll be going back to the office tomorrow for the first time since last Wednesday so I hope everything is in good shape.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:19 PM   #7
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With auto feeders, you want to test them out first for at least 3 days.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:36 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Betta man View Post
With auto feeders, you want to test them out first for at least 3 days.
I've had mine for a couple years and it works out great since there are times when I don't visit the office for 2 weeks or so.
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #9
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i do the pre package technique. if im ever gone i pack all the bags i need and tell my grandmother who lives next door to simply come over and toss a bag in. usually the bag is the mix of foods i give my lil guys
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:11 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone for the great advice! I think I might have a friend come over once in the middle of my trip, but I will leave a baggy of food for them so that they don't overfeed. Thanks again!
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great idea with the pre bagging!
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:32 PM   #12
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I had a friend come over and feed my fish because I had to house sit for my mom and it was very hot out. Another great idea is stay in contact with your friend every day that you are gone, so if anything does go wrong you can help him/her fix the problem.
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:40 PM   #13
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Went back to the office today and all of the fish were doing fine. I continue to be impressed with this simple auto feeder for sure.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:31 PM   #14
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i tend to get scared when i dont feed my fish for a day
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There's no reason to. Get 12 ziploc bags out and put the amount you want fed to each fish in each bag, so it's hard to overdose. Also hide the extra food.
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