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Daniela
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Going on holiday
« on: March 17, 2012, 01:50:14 PM »

Me and my patner are hoping to go away for 2 weeks this year. We don't have anyone who is suitable to look after the fish properly when we are away. We are going to get them an automatic feeder.

What i would like to know is would the fishes survive without a water change for 2 weeks? We will do a water change the night before we go away and clean the water again the day we come back. Will that be enough?
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2012, 02:13:05 AM »

As long as you have a mature tank that has finished cycling (which means your ammonia and nitrite levels must be at 0), your tank should be fine if left  unattended for 2 weeks. Just do a 50-60% water change and vacumm the gravel just right before you leave.

If you want to use a fish feeder , get a good quality one instead of the cheapest, since a bad feeder can dump too much food into the water and polute it.  I've had success using a brand called the eheim everyday fish feeder.  If you do get this brand , lay the fish feeder on a paper tower on a table and adjust the amount of food you want to dispense for the fish. Press the manual button a few times so the drum will turn, which will allow  you  to see how much food is dropped each time. Do this until you are satisfied the amount is just right for your fish. I recommend you only feed 1 time per day at most when you are away from home. Also make sure you secure any fish feeder so that it doesn't accidently fall into the tank.


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sparkly-puffball
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2012, 04:38:46 PM »

They also sell this product as Eheim "Feed Air" Digital Aquarium Feeder, if you can't find it as Eheim Everyday Feeder.
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scrivens345
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2012, 05:44:27 AM »

you might care to add a product such as easy balance to your tank, which will lock out the nitrates and prevent"spikes"
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2012, 11:47:44 AM »

I would completely avoid the automatic feeder, the  goldfish will be fine during the two weeks as long as there's nothing that can destroy the water quality such as an accidental overfeeding.
Maybe you could just feed them some peas before you go? They won't pollute the water much and it'll take a while for the fish to find them all Smiley
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Daniela
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2012, 12:52:25 PM »

Thanks for the advice everyone. I don't trust my partners parents to feed or clean them, it would be too much work for them. We're not going away until later this year so plenty time to get sorted Smiley

Another quick question. We don't have and airstone or air diffuser in our tank. We have a Juwel Rekord 800 Aquarium, should i get a Juwel air diffuser that fits in the tank or are there any better ones?
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2012, 12:01:38 PM »

How is the filter hanging? Depending on how you place the spraybar or outtake you can get more or less surface agitation. I would only get an air stone if you like the looks of it, or if the surface is barely moving with just the filter going Smiley Otherwise they won't really be necessary... Smiley
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Daniela
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2012, 01:05:29 PM »

The nozzle of the filter is facing upward toward the surface of the water. The water above the nozzle is moving a lot and the rest of it is rippling. If that makes sense.
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scrivens345
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2012, 01:19:59 PM »

Fish can indeed survive two weeks without food (So can humans), but I'm sure they'd rather have a little food Grin
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Nossie
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2012, 02:45:47 AM »

It makes sense! Grin

scrivens: They will have something to eat, always. Usually algae and stuff like that, there's just so much small stuff in an aquarium.. Cheesy
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Daniela
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2012, 04:42:56 AM »

 Grin Good, i was starting to confuse myself when i wrote it. My fish always seems to be eating things off the decorations in the tank. They don't seem to stop eating  Smiley
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2012, 07:25:31 AM »

Before I got the bristlenoses for my tank, I was growing a pretty thick layer of algae on the back of the tank Smiley The baby moor in particular loved it... Wink
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2012, 04:40:06 PM »

Sometimes I put broccoli in the tank before I go on short trips it helps a lot.
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2012, 12:35:38 PM »

I don't see anything wrong with leaving the fish for two weeks without feeding, as long as the aquarium is in good working order. As others had mentioned, I would change 50% of the water right before though. But since goldfish are cold blooded, they should be just fine without food for a couple of weeks.
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Daniela
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2012, 02:30:32 PM »

I think we might have someone coming around to check them every couple of days. Thanks for all the advice, didn't want to come back to poorly fish
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Re: Going on holiday
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2012, 06:15:08 PM »

Sure! Smiley
hope you'll have a nice trip and that the fish will do fine while you're out... Smiley
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