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Going on vacation

Postby TJX03 » Fri May 18, 2012 2:28 pm

Hey all, I'm going on vacation for 2 weeks and I want to know what to do with my tank. I don't like the idea of having someone come over to feed the fish while im not there. I was looking at automatic fish feeders but I don't know how reliable they are.

Also, I have a wet/dry filter and I'm worried that the water level will get too low due to evaporation in those 2 weeks and it will stop pumping.

Any suggestions? Thanks
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby jd lover » Fri May 18, 2012 5:05 pm

what i did was i went to walmart and bought those zip lock bags the really small ones ment to hold spare buttons and stuff (crack packs lol) and pre-measure the food amount in those bags. have them feed only the amount in the bag. have a few 5g bucket full of water and a pump to pump the water into the sump and tell them to check the level everytime they feed the fish. if possible ask them to do water change
no medicine works better than clean water.
no such thing as too much clean water, so go do a water change now.
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby brinkles » Sat May 19, 2012 8:49 pm

What kind of fish? Can you measure the evaporation in one week and extrapolate the results?
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby TJX03 » Mon May 21, 2012 2:01 pm

I just changed the water yesterday, and I let more water in the sump, so I'm going to see how long it takes to evaporate.

JD- Thanks for your input, but I really don't want anyone in my house while I'm not there.

I've read on multiple websites that fish can go about 2 weeks without feeding. Is that true?

By the way, I got 6 mbunas
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby jd lover » Mon May 21, 2012 3:04 pm

Fish can go longer than 2 weeks. The problem isn't the feeding when you're gone but the water quality
no medicine works better than clean water.
no such thing as too much clean water, so go do a water change now.
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby countryboy814 » Mon May 21, 2012 5:17 pm

I would go ahead and get an auto feeder. Do a large water change just before you leave. If you have one, put a bubbler in to agitate more surface area. Or stay home.
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby TJX03 » Mon May 21, 2012 7:51 pm

I'm not really concerned about water quality, because my wet/dry does a great job. I've gone 2 weeks between water changes and my numbers are still good. My main concern is the food and the fact that water evaporates from the sump and I'm afraid that the sump will run dry.
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby jd lover » Mon May 21, 2012 7:54 pm

get a sheet of plastic/glass to cover the sump the best you can if thats what youre worry about. fish dont eat everyday in the wilds;)
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby DJRansome » Tue May 22, 2012 6:22 am

Auto feeders can fail, worst case scenario is they dump in too much (or all) food. If you have fry that would be your only choice. If you have adults, I'd let them go the two weeks without food.
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby countryboy814 » Tue May 22, 2012 8:34 am

Everything can fail. Your heater, your pump. You feed your fish every day. Making them go 14 days is just cruel.
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby jd lover » Tue May 22, 2012 12:17 pm

do you think fish in the wild eats at a certain time every day?
no medicine works better than clean water.
no such thing as too much clean water, so go do a water change now.
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby countryboy814 » Tue May 22, 2012 1:13 pm

No, and they don't live in little glass cages either.
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby jd lover » Tue May 22, 2012 1:29 pm

exactly so if youre already putting them in a cage not feeding them for 2 weeks will be fine. after all theyre just fish
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby DJRansome » Tue May 22, 2012 7:42 pm

Well, I would not do it because they are just fish. But they can hold for 28 days or more without eating, and that is unlikely to kill them. However, a food dump in the tank IS likely to kill them due to pollution. And I think the auto feeders are less reliable than heaters or filters.

Heaters we have 2 so one fail should not kill anyone. Filters we have 2 so one fail should not kill anyone.
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Re: Going on vacation

Postby countryboy814 » Tue May 22, 2012 9:33 pm

Well paranoia will cost ya. Advice, take some leave some. Have a nice vacation. Aloha
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