It is often said that fish can survive for a week, or potentially even more, with no food and still survive. The good news is that this is true with most freshwater species. The bad news is that it is not recommended to do so in order to keep them in ideal health conditions and your aquarium’s ecosystem in cycle. You’d also never want for a delayed flight and an extra night stay to be the cause for needing to replace your tank with new fish and having to explain to your kids that all fish go to heaven AKA the toilet. The way I see it, us as humans can also go a week without food and “survive” but it is certainly not the ideal scenario.
WARNING: No promises they won’t resent you for making them do it.
The title is self explanatory here…
If you trust someone to come over enough to feed them and give correct portions, you can ask nicely or even offer to pay them for swinging by and doing so while you’re away. Probably a great option if you also have dogs to feed, plants to water, etc. Just make sure they know how much is enough and especially, how much is too much food so they don’t overfeed your tank! You don’t want to come back to cloudy water and high nitrates because your fish could’t keep up with the amount of food being fed to them
Fish feeder blocks are a good solution if you need a quick, one time fix to the solution. They are a slow dissolving block of food that come in a variety of sizes. Some are intended to feed for 3 or 7 days long and some even claim to last up to 14 days although it ultimately depends on the size and quantity of your fish. If you have a high population tank or one filled with fish that have more sensitive eating habits like Discus, these feeder blocks are not the recommended route to go.
But overall, if you don’t travel much or are really trying to get your fish fed in the least cost way, feeder blocks are a quick and cheap solution that will at least keep your fish from dying.
When looking to purchase an automatic feeder, know that it’s going to be similar to the experience of buying sunglasses…
There are cheap ones that can get the job done although they might not fit the best and may break the first time you drop them. We’ll just say you get what you pay for… trust me I’ve owned a few.
There are also the really nice Ray Bans, Maui Jim’s, Prada, etc…
They cost a lot more but they look great, are built tough, and consistently deliver on what they’re promised to be. Similarly, the Aquarium Smart Feeder by Atlantis Aquatics, can provide the same.
Okay, okay! So we might be a little biased but considering all it can do, I think you’ll agree with us to some extent.
Here’s a list of the abilities the Aquarium Smart Feeder has to offer…
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