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I'm going away for a week and am not sure what is the minimum to feed my fish, i've organised my housemate to feed them twice over the week (and i've told him no more as i don't want him to overfeed the fish)

Will this be enough? Or can you get away with going a full week without feeding?

They are 7" & 5" if this helps.

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They will be fine without food for a week. It's best to let them fast especially since it seems like this housemate doesn't have fish knowledge.
 

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Hey,

I just returned to the U.S. last night after 2 months in Asia; so I have some recent experience with being away from my fish.

While I was gone I arranged for my neighbor (with no fish knowledge) to feed the fish, a pair of dempseys, a firemouth, an angel, and various others. I instructed 1 feeding every other day for 2 months. 2 months and zero water changes later they are thin (not starved) but are acting and looking very healthy. Instructing underfeeding for such a long period of time has had no apparent ill-effects. I am uncertain of what the long-term effects may be, but I am sure that underfeeding was better than the alternative, overfeeding.

In the past when leaving the fish for only a week or so I have always left them completely unfed. Before I had automatic light switches I left the tanks unlit as well. A few times I left my fully grown Oscar unfed for up two weeks while I was away from home, and he was always fine. I think your fish will be fine.
 

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Hey,

I just returned to the U.S. last night after 2 months in Asia; so I have some recent experience with being away from my fish.

While I was gone I arranged for my neighbor (with no fish knowledge) to feed the fish, a pair of dempseys, a firemouth, an angel, and various others. I instructed 1 feeding every other day for 2 months. 2 months and zero water changes later they are thin (not starved) but are acting and looking very healthy. Instructing underfeeding for such a long period of time has had no apparent ill-effects. I am uncertain of what the long-term effects may be, but I am sure that underfeeding was better than the alternative, overfeeding.

In the past when leaving the fish for only a week or so I have always left them completely unfed. Before I had automatic light switches I left the tanks unlit as well. A few times I left my fully grown Oscar unfed for up two weeks while I was away from home, and he was always fine. I think your fish will be fine.
 
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