Hi, hope you all can help...
I have a tank with 5 yellow lab juv's and 5 maingano juvs.
I am going away for 2 days, and i have no-one to feed the fish...
Will they be fine, if when i go i obiously feed them and add a few extra wafers, or does anyone else have a better suggestion..
thanks for any help you can give me..
The fish will be just fine. Remember that females holding eggs will go with out food for up to a month each time. Having a cold blooded metabolism, they have much lower intake needs than say a dog or cat.
Not only will leaving extra food in the water possibly lead to a nitrate surge and/or parasites but putting more in when you get back could also lead them to bloat. If anything, feed them a little less at first to reintroduce them slowly.
I went on a trip recently and was gone for 10 days. My fish were all ok and I was "surprised"... ... that a few had eggs in his their mouth when I returned. None starved to extinction--Ssooo...your fish should--survive well--2-days is a brief time to be gone.
Fish with nothing to eat love to mate. I would not worry about feeding them at all if your only gone for two days. Don't feed them too much before you leave either (could effect the water). When ever I go away I do a larger then normal water change, and turn the lights out, they will be fine.
I wouldn't add veggies and leave it in the tank for 2 days. Food starts to spoil at room temp., which is approx. tank temp., pretty quickly. I think they will be fine at around 2". Like the others said, feed sparingly a couple days before leaving and upon returning. So they get use to it before and don't gorge and get bloat on your return.