How to Feed your Fish when on Vacation Pellets Blocks and Feeders for Aquariums and Fish Tanks
The arrival of vacation time brings with it the need to feed aquarium fish while away from home. Depending on how long a vacation will last, pet owners could solicit someone to feed aquarium fish for them or place specially formulated long lasting fish food in their tanks. Other options would be to place fresh vegetables or feeder fish in their aquariums. Fish owners could rest assured their fish friends would not starve by using one or a combination of these methods.
Vacation time often places dog and cat owners in pickles as they realize they need temporary care for their four-legged friends. Aquarium hobbyist may not realize, at first, but they could find themselves needing help caring for their sleek skinned pets while enjoying vacations as well. Next thing they know, vacation time is upon them, and they must figure out how to feed their beloved aquarium fish.
The good thing is that caring for fish on short-term bases is much easier than caring for other types of pets. For the most part, a caregiver only needs to place a bit of food in the tank and then be on their merry way. All the same, however, it might be helpful to solicit help from someone who would know what to do in case a problem arises. Herein lays a few tips to help with aquarium fish feedings when going on a vacation.
Tip number 1 – Just about anyone could go to someone else’s home and feed their aquarium fish. Most of the time, all required would be for them to drop a few flakes, pellets, or feeder fish into the tank. Should a problem arise, however, it would be better if the person filling in knew how to handle the situation. For example, should the pump start acting up because a bit of food or gravel became caught in it, and the person feeding the fish did not realize the seriousness of the situation despite hearing the apparatus struggling to operate, he or she might ignore the problem. This could be bad if the pump became incapable of dispensing enough air to oxygenate the tank. Not enough air could mean the end of the aquarium fish. A helper who knows about fish and fish tank setups would likely realize the problem and try to fix it.
Another reason to ask someone who knows about fish to feed them is that they would be more in tuned with how much food to give the fish. Someone who does not understand the consequences of dropping too much food in the water might add more than necessary. This could lead to cloudy unstable water conditions and would not be good for the fish.
What this means is that whenever possible ask someone who knows about fish as well as aquarium operations to take care of the feeding while you are on vacation – especially a long vacation.
Tip number 2 – Purchase and use special fish food that is formulated especially for vacation. Vacation or “week-end” foods called “blocks” can last as many as ten days depending on which type being used. Long lasting fish food will either sink to the bottom of the tank or remain atop the water, again, depending on which type being used. Thus if the fish are bottom feeders, it would be best to get them long lasting food that falls to the gravel. If they are top feeders get the floating vacation blocks.
Vacation foods come in different forms and offer different types of nutrition. Reading the packaging is the best way to compare one to the other as far as this goes. Some of these blocks look like decorative shells. Others are shaped like stars or fish. The way they look may be fascinating; however, the most important consideration should revolve around their lasting power and whether fish like them. If they do not like them, they may not eat them.
To make certain fish like chosen vacation blocks, purchase one or two in advance and place them in the tank. If the fish eat them, the mystery goes away and you will know they will not starve. If the fish do not eat the blocks, however, try a different type.
Tip number 3 – Slice vegetables and drop them in the aquarium. Feeding vegetables to fish might sound a bit strange, however, bear in mind that many fish eat vegetation while living in oceans, rivers, streams, and lakes.
Good vegetables to feed fish include squashes such as crookneck and zucchini as well as cucumbers. These veggies have thick skins that keep them intact and allow fish to nibble them with ease. Depending on the size of the fish, a single sliced vegetable that is about ¼ to ½ inch could last for a few days. When possible, give a test run to find out if fish will eat a chosen vegetable and assess how long it takes them to devour a particular sized slice.
Tip number 4 – Leave a few feeders in the fish tank. Feeders are live fish (usually goldfish) that bigger and more aggressive fish eat. Even semi-aggressive fish will eat feeders. By placing more feeders in the tank than fish usually eat in a day, it becomes easy to supply them with a food source and not have to worry about feeding them for a few days while vacationing.
Tip number 5 – Combine any or all of tips 1 – 4 to reach an acceptable feeding plan. Combining different methods might be the best way to go when vacationing for long periods. Combining feedings would assure fish receive different types of nourishment as well. This could work by having the person who feeds the fish place feeders and vacation blocks in the tank when making their rounds. They could give the fish a few pellets or flakes as well. The fish would likely eat the flakes or pellets first and then eat feeders and/or vacation blocks later on after they get hungry again.
Feeding aquarium fish while on vacation is an easy thing to do, especially when vacations do not last more than a week or two. For long vacations, however, combining these tips might be the best way to go to protect special aquarium fish friends.