Feeding Saltwater Fish While on Vacation

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  1. texanjordan

    texanjordan Peppermint Shrimp

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    Im new to Saltwater, but not to fish. With freshwater when going on vacation, I would plop in a weekend feeder. What do you do for saltwater fish? How do you keep them fed if you are gone for a week? Does anyone use a automatic feeder? Some advice please.
     
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  3. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Unless you have anthias or some other fish that absolutely needs to be fed every day, I would let them go a week w/o food. There's plenty of bugs and algae in our tank to keep our fish fed while we're gone. If we're gone for longer than 2 weeks, we have a friend stop by to feed.
     
  4. Tangster

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    Like mentioned already I'd not feed them let them feed off the stuff living in the tank.. People feed themselves and their fish to much and to often anyways .
     
  5. ReefWizard

    ReefWizard Coral Banded Shrimp

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    If you have FOWLR, you can go on vacation for a few days without feeding. For reef, unless you have a fully automated monitoring system, having a friend of tank sitter is not a bad idea.
     
  6. johnmaloney

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    just a trick I learned and want to share - if you get one of those pill cases, the "M T W Th F Sa Su" etc..and put pre-measured food in there it is semi-fool proof for friends who feed. The automatic ones get jammed....maybe live foods would work. Fish that feed themselves are great...
     
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  7. slocal

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    brilliant!
     
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  9. fischkid2

    fischkid2 Dirty Filter Sock

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    I went 12 days w/out feeding over christmas break with NO issues. came back and fish were fine.. a lil hungry but fine. i would be more worried about top-off water (if its not auto) and dosing (if its not auto/reactor). also think about skimmer. may want to hook up collection cup (if possible) to a gallon jug or something with a hose so it does not overflow.
     
  10. GuitarMan89

    GuitarMan89 Giant Squid

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    Right on on both accounts. If it's just a weekend or a few days, no big deal. If longer, I get those little pill baggies and put portions of food in them and have somebody feed them. But as said above, I would worry more about evaporation unless you have an ATO.
     
  11. Nealio

    Nealio Coral Banded Shrimp

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    I use auto-feeders even with i'm home, but i make sure they go off when i'm around to make sure they still work and still drop the food. This way, I know the system will continue to work when I leave as long as I replenish the food. This way I NEVER have to worry about feeding.

    As it was said earlier, i'd be more concerned about evaporation than feeding.