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Leaving fry for a week

Postby RonVolante » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:00 am

Hey everyone!
I will be traveling for spring break this year but have a tank with fry at the moment. I have left my big tank before so I am not so much worried about them as I am the fry. What are some things I can do that'll ensure the health and well being of my fry? The tank is a 20g long with about 25 half inch, peacock fry. As with older Malawi's, can they go a few weeks without food?
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Re: Leaving fry for a week

Postby Fogelhund » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:33 am

I wouldn't leave fry for much longer than a few days without food. Can you get someone to come in and feed them? Even if you prepackage the amounts?
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Re: Leaving fry for a week

Postby RonVolante » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:32 pm

Once or twice, what would be the max amount of days they can go without food?
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Re: Leaving fry for a week

Postby Kanorin » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:57 pm

I don't think anybody is going to have more than a guess here...probably somewhere between 2-4 days before you start losing some.

You can try to decrease the tank temperature by about 2 degrees which will slow down their metabolism a little bit. If these were mbuna, I'd suggest putting an algae-covered rock into the tank, but I'm not sure peacocks will eat that. I'm wondering if there is some kind of live food you could put into the tank that would take them a few days to eat. Live Mysis shrimp? I'm just brainstorming, never tried it.
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Re: Leaving fry for a week

Postby DJRansome » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:26 pm

I always use an auto feeder for fry if I have to be away.
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