What's better - people looking after your tank or an auto feeder or ???

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  1. Jwh

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    I'm curious

    How do you deal with absence from home (holidays, business trips etc) do you:

    1. have a neighbour/ friend/ family member take care of your tank
    2. for short periods <week, do nothing
    3. Auto feeders

    Any other suggestions, good, bad & ugly?
     
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  3. top dog

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    for a week i just do large water change and leave the tank, i keep large mainly predatory fish that can handle a fast for long over a week with no major problems.
    Make sure fish are well fed the week before
    longer than that it start to get difficult, have yet to find a non fish keeper that understands feeding and water changes, my home tanks went 10days in December with no food no water changes and 2 days with no power after i got struck buy lighting while away with no problems at all
    but my stock levels are small tanks are large and so are fish
     
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    Every time i went away and my brothers looked after my tank there were issues . Mostly fish dying . Overfeeding was the problem .
     
  5. Ebrahim

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    frontosa and other mouth brooders are well known forstaying without for long, I do exactly what top dog said.
     
  6. Reedfish

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    Depends how long I am away for.
    If it's only a few days, I leave things.
    If it's longer than a week, a friend of mine comes round to feed. Fortunately he has a tank of his own, so he knows what he is doing.

    I am going away for 5 days on business next week.
    So will not worry too much about it.
     
  7. Broder

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    My domestic worker feeds when I'm away. I just measure out dry food into individually marked containers, she adds water and pours into the tanks.
     
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    Weekend away, no feeding.

    Away longer than that the house-sitter (we have a regular) feeds from little plastic containers pre-packed by me - one feeding per container per tank, only enough containers for the number of feedings with each tank - rest of food locked away.

    I use the little containers all the time, measure the food for each tank for the week while I do my water changes, that way feeding multiple tanks every day is easy for me too.

    ONLY exception to this is when I decide to feed something different for a feeding just for variation, but then only ME can make those changes.

    Normal days I am the only person allowed to feed unless I give my wife/daughter specific instruction to feed while I am not there at the time.

    Feeding time is important to me as I spend the time while the fish feed to have a good look at how they feed, any potential issues etc.
     
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    I am in agreement with all of you. I do the same. If goingaway for a weekend then leave everything alone. If anything longer, I ask someoneto come check on the sump level and measure out food for feeding etc. onereason I ask someone to check is because of all this load sheading etc. I havealso trained my bro to remove dead fish if he sees them. I also set up a tankfor him so he gets the hang of it.
     
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    Jwh

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    Nobody used auto feeders?
     
  11. Reedfish

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    Don't trust them. Have heard some horror stories of them getting damp and blocked.
    Also don't use holiday blocks
     
  12. RoGe

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    I've also heard that autofeeders are unreliable, but never tried one myself.

    What is the concern with holiday blocks? I know that they can contain calcium and those sort of minerals so they can mess with your water chemistry, but if you steer clear of those, what are the other concerns? I've used them once or twice, but I was nervous to...
     
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    I keep discus among other cichlids and have made peace with the fact that i will never have a holiday again.Sniff sniff
     
  14. GaryG

    GaryG Fishohollic Comp Coordinator

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    @Quakeszn, I think that when you are there, siting and watching those beautiful discus that most of us only dream of..........you are on holiday, a little bit every day.......:)
     
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    GaryG Fishohollic Comp Coordinator

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    I am lucky, my Dad lives with us and normally If we are not there, then he is so small containers of food and a notepad full of instructions. someone reliable who can contact you if there are problems.

    Don't trust those auto feeders either.
     
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    You could make protions before to prevent overfeeding by neighbours / family aso.ImageUploadedByTapatalk1432744465.256524.jpg

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    @RoGe,
    The holiday blocks are a cement like substance with the food impregnated in it. The "cement" dissolves slowly, releasing the food.
    Don't fancy that in my tank.
    @Quakeszn
    I travel regularly with work and holidays.
    Never had a problem with my Discus.
     
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    @Reedfish i do major water changes every day as i have heavily stocked tanks and i just know whoever i ask will not do 80% in the morning and 80% at nite on the juvies and babies.id only mabey take a chance with adults.thats just me.im sure you have seen pics of my large oscar.hes not with me anymore as i asked sumone to care for him 2weeks.still havent gt a strait answer as to what happened up till this day.
     
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  19. Jack Stone

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    Hehehehe, I guess it's not nice to laugh at the misery of others but I'm glad that I'm not the only one.
     
  20. Reedfish

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    For me....
    My hobbies must fit in with my life style, not the other way round. :)
     
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    Jwh

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    Agree, but then you get sucked in by the whole thing; 1 tank becomes, 2 then 3, then your 90l becomes a 900l your guppies become Discus, and, and, and nobody want to touch your hobby, because it it goes wrong, they'll be in iminent danger of losing a limb, or worse, after all that it's only you and your tank, and you don't want holidays anymore....
     

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