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Old 04-24-2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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Feeding fish on vacation


Hello,

Anyone have any suggestions on how to feed tangs,clowns, wrasse and a porupine puffer when on vacation for a week?

Thanks!
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:41 PM   #2
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Find someone you trust to stop by. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong when your on vacation
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:56 PM   #3
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When im on vacation my GF usually feeds them. I set aside each days meal in separate bags so they cant mess up the amount and set aside how much they need to put in for a top off in the middle of the week. Works every time. My goby did decide to hide the whole time though, so i thought he was a goner for sure. Somehow they will always make you stress a little when they know youre relaxing.
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how does that work out? Not taking your girlfriend on vacation
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:10 PM   #5
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@Hop: So true- my tank runs like a top until I get to the hotel, the phone rings, and its my girlfriend or neighbor on the other end telling me one of the following:
- "The thing the water runs into isn't making bubbles anymore"
- "The water temperature in the top thing is 70 and in the bottom thing is 90" (or vice versa).
- "The lights aren't on" (Usually a 9 or 10 PM call when they stop by after work).
- "The tube running into the top of the tank is blowing air" usually followed by...
- "How do I make more water?"

Some that get you a little more worried:
- "When are the pumps supposed to go on?"
- "It doesn't look/sound right" (The more vague the more worrisome)
- "I'm out of the little frozen cubes of food" (when there were 3 new flatpacks of Marine Cuisine or similar food in the freezer, and had only been gone for about a week)

Anyhow, a trained stand-in certainly is a plus, and even so I usually try to do a water change right before I leave, and as soon as i come back. I do have a backup Eheim feeder if I can't find anyone, but have not tried that for extended (>7 day trips). Anything less than 4 days I usually just feed before I leave and then when I return, but I have a fairly well established reef and few fish.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:56 PM   #6
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I am going away for 4 days in July. Feeding is not my biggest concern. I am probably more worried about top-offs.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:00 PM   #7
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how does that work out? Not taking your girlfriend on vacation
Its either I go alone, or she comes with and watches me surf 8 hours everyday! She understands I need a vacation from her too!
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:07 PM   #8
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Hello,

Anyone have any suggestions on how to feed tangs,clowns, wrasse and a porupine puffer when on vacation for a week?

Thanks!
Do not go on vacation.....LOL...J/K....you should spend more that a 10 min visit with your tank sitter before leaving on vacation.....spend about a week together so they see whats all involved....sounds of the tank...lighting...feeding...water top off..the entire gambit.....maybe they might get interested in this wonderfull hobby....
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:13 PM   #9
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A week they could live but I used a auto feeder.
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:10 AM   #10
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Hello,

Anyone have any suggestions on how to feed tangs,clowns, wrasse and a porupine puffer when on vacation for a week?

Thanks!
I would find someone you really really really trust and make a list from how to top off water to making and preparing food as well as visually showing them how much you give when you feed and what time. The reason for the top off showing is if your water is low and your friend family member trusted neighbor doesn't know better they could possibly add tap water to tank to top off or salt water. I am not aware of any weekend feed's for salt fish unless you feed pellet's you could get an automatic feeder for the tank other then than you got me.

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Old 04-26-2009, 12:14 AM   #11
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@Hop: So true- my tank runs like a top until I get to the hotel, the phone rings, and its my girlfriend or neighbor on the other end telling me one of the following:
- "The thing the water runs into isn't making bubbles anymore"
- "The water temperature in the top thing is 70 and in the bottom thing is 90" (or vice versa).
- "The lights aren't on" (Usually a 9 or 10 PM call when they stop by after work).
- "The tube running into the top of the tank is blowing air" usually followed by...
- "How do I make more water?"

Some that get you a little more worried:
- "When are the pumps supposed to go on?"
- "It doesn't look/sound right" (The more vague the more worrisome)
- "I'm out of the little frozen cubes of food" (when there were 3 new flatpacks of Marine Cuisine or similar food in the freezer, and had only been gone for about a week)

Anyhow, a trained stand-in certainly is a plus, and even so I usually try to do a water change right before I leave, and as soon as i come back. I do have a backup Eheim feeder if I can't find anyone, but have not tried that for extended (>7 day trips). Anything less than 4 days I usually just feed before I leave and then when I return, but I have a fairly well established reef and few fish.
I seriously laughed out loud reading this. Been there done that. Thanks for the laugh.
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:31 AM   #12
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Traingular feeding blocks any good?


My husband and I are planning a short holiday - a week or so and from what I read in the postings above, it looks like we're not alone in worrying about our fish when away.
The last time we did go for 4 days, the neighbours were asked to come over and simply put food in the tank - all allocated.
When we returned, the whole tank creatures were wiped out - except for 2 giant turbo snails. Apparently somebody switched off the heating!
UGHS!!!!
We never quite recovered from that - the tank now has no fish - cos our beloved Toby (Puffer) died and the goby too.
Now we have only critters - which are fun to watch if you have time on your hands and enjoy watching things in slow motion.
However, critters still need to be fed - so my question is:-
Do those pyramid food blocks work?

They advertise that these are suitable for fresh and salt water fish....

Any feedbacks please?
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:46 AM   #13
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Most systems except those with many active fishes should have adequate mature algal growths hidden away in the tank if it is appropriately sized to the fish density for a given volume. One week should not be a problem. I'd be more worried about properly functioning ATO, skimmer function, Ca reactor function, skimmer discharge, and daily checkups for salinity, temp, and any general malfunction. If you have a lot of active planktonic feeders, there may be a need for once-a-day feeding, but a week at this level is MUCH more than what they get in the wild, and most fish in mature tanks will still have copepods and isopods to eat (or algae in the tank if they are herbivores).

I week is usually not an issue for all but high-energy (usuallu zooplankton feeders) fish with no nutritional reserves.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:15 PM   #14
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dont pick sombody that cant follow a recipe,.......everthing will die hahahah
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:19 PM   #15
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after hurricane ike, I went to jamaca and had a buddy watch the tank during a 10 day power outage, my tank is about 4.5ft high,.....so is he he manually filterd the water once a day thru carbon. nothing died, I was greatful then I noticed a pinhole leak in the tank upon my return,.........he should have been taller.
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