FrozenFins Posted July 16, 2021 Share Posted July 16, 2021 With the summer holidays here everyones going away on vacation and leaving their fish behind. I just came back camping from monday morning to this evening (thursday). I wanted to share how I sucessfully prepared for my fish to stay alone for the few days when I was gone. The day before I left I did a waterchange on all my aquariums. Making sure there wasn't any dead plant matter, a dead snail or anything that would cause amonia. After the waterchange I didn't do any feedings. During my trip my fish were left alone. Nobody came to feed them, they were left alone. All of the lights were on timers so they still had the light turning on for the plants. If your trip is just a few days, your fish will be fine without any food. However when I start preparing for my two week trip in August I will have someone come and feed my fish. I often don't like a petsitter to come and look after my fish as I have bad experiance with that and also heard of many bad stories. To prevent overfeeding when this pet sitter comes I simply lay out plastic shot glasses (I got mine from the dollar store. But I embedded a link from amazon so you know what I mean) and put enough food for one feeding into each glass. I tell the sitter "one shot glass = one feeding". I often have them feed the fish every other day, this will help prevent any amonia or nitrites to build up. I often have the pet sitter feed one kind of food. By this I mean I wont have each day be a different food. Having the same flake food every day makes it easier on the fish sitter. The easier it is the less of the chance of them screwing up. Remember the point is to make it easier on the petsitter. If you do have a petsitter always stay within regular contact with them. Ask them how things are going, and remind them that your just a text/ phone call away. This way if something minor happeneds you can catch it with the help of the petsitter before it become a major problem that needs your presence. A tip I always like to reccemend is to have this pet sitter be a fellow fish keeper. This makes it easier on everyone. This way if something goes wrong the fishkeeper looking after your fish will know exactly what to do. You may even be able to ask them to do a waterchange and they could do it sucessfully. All though I understand this isn't an option for everyone but its an option to consider if you have a fish keeping freind who is local to you. 10 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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