With holidays fast approaching- how are you feeding your tanks

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As the title with holidays around the corner for many of us, how do you go about feeding your fish and top up water?

Do you recruit a trusted family member or friend to do the jobs?

Or

Feed the fish more than ever place a holiday block in there if their is such a thing and fit a huge auto top up reservoir?

Or what I was thinking hire LFS personnel or company to maintain the tank whilst you're away?

Either way could end in disaster but what would you do?


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Reply #1

It's generally the theme that whenever someone has a tank minder, something always goes wrong...

I recently went to Wales for the week, and as I don't really have any family nearby, and wouldn't want people in my house anyway, I filled up my 25L top up container before i went, fed the fish very heavily the morning before I left, and stocked the algae clip up to bursting with a good few sheets.

When I got back, everything was still running perfectly, all fish accounted for and none looking thin or anything (as even when food ran out, they've food in the tank to eat anyway, algae, copepods, etc.

It's a big risk doing what I did, but I was confident my set up could handle it. I certainly wouldn't like to do that on a regular basis though.
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Reply #2

How long are you going away for?
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Reply #3

Usually a family member, but i take the same approach as @i-CONICA to start with and aske them to pop in a day or two later. I would also have pots in the freezer with a number of blocks in each pot so overfeeding shouldn't be a problem, I find that the issues relating to overfeeding are from too much food going in too soon and the food not being eaten by the fish.
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Reply #4

Iv started to include flake food into the feeding regime, so when I go away I can stick an automatic feeder on,

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@HK_Fuey compared a couple of auto feeders[\url]
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Reply #6

Cheers Rob, I had a mate and his Mrs come over and do it,after I trained them up lol and all is good. He even changed the rowaphos and fingers crossed it looks like the algae is disappearing.
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Reply #7

My uncle lives 5 minutes away and has agreed to call in on his way home from work each day.
Not ideal as they usually get fed three times a day.
My brother will most likely agree to call and check over everything a couple of times throughout the week as well.
I now leave an amount of food in a plastic (party type) cup for each day I'm away so they don't have to guess and end up over feeding.

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That's handy if they live close by, I told my mate to only feed them every couple if days so I knew the food would all get eaten.
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Reply #9

Likewise, I get my dad to feed daily, but I told him to use less cubes of frozen when making up a bottle of food.  I normally add three cubes and fill with tank water, and feed that over about 5 days.  I tell him 2 cubes, so I know the tank will be slightly underfed, rather than overfed.
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