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Recently we took a short family vacation to Surfside Beach, SC. One of the things that I was concerned about was, of course, the fishtank and trying to make sure they weathered our absence without issue. Unfortunately in the days leading up to our departure we were sick and unable to do as much tank cleaning as I had hoped, but I did manage to get two good tank cleanings in (seperated by 2 days). The tank was looking quite spiffy and I gave two good feedings before we left (being careful not to put too much food in.)


Now, I’ve seen vacation pellets of some sort that you can put in for extended absences. I’m not sure how well those really work although at some point we may get a chance to try them out. One of the problems with having someone else look in on your fish while you’re gone is that the most likely temptation for people new to feeding fish would be to overfeed, which could be much worse than them not eating anything.

Just like when you set up your tank to begin with you will learn that overfeeding can overwhelm the biological filter and leave the tank polluted with skyrocketing ammonia and nitrate levels. Unfortunately those that haven’t dealt with fish much will likely think the fish don’t look as peppy as they did on day one and solve the issue the only way they know how, adding more food.

Our trip was just ~5 days or so and I thought with one or two good feedings in the days before we left all should be well and indeed it was. When we came back we were greeted by some very hungry fish that eagerly snatched up with evening feeding. I’ve read many times that a hungry fish is a healthy fish – so it’s much better for their feeding to be on the lean side than to be gorged.

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April 21, 2009 - 11:20 AM
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