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I am going away for 2 weeks. In my tank, I have snails, hermit crabs, a pencil urchin, pistol shrimp, goby watchman, and 2 clown fish. It is a 32 gallon tank. Right now, I feed them every day either flakes or pellets AND frozen food. I do have an auto feeder (eheim) that I can use/setup. Can I just rely on this, and use this alone with pellets and/or flakes? I do also have alage wafers... meant for the urchin, but I've noticed that the pistol shrimp takes it into his lair.... Anything else I need to consider, as well?
 
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How established is the tank? Are your fish used to being fed on a schedule with an auto feeder?

I recently went away for 2 weeks, auto feeder kept my fish fat and happy, but they are used to being fed by the auto feeder once a day, and twice on friday as I work 16 hours on fridays.

It's funny on my days off. I feed around 10am from the auto feeder then frozen at night. Right around 9:45 my fish start poking at the feeding ring.
 
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How established is the tank? Are your fish used to being fed on a schedule with an auto feeder?
It's been running for 1-2 years now.
They are use to being on a schedule, but not with an auto feeder.
do you have an auto top off that can last 2 weeks? Thats very important
I do.
 
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Use the auto feeder as long as you can before leaving so you can adjust it correctly.
Flakes & pellets can be mixed together. Use a feeding ring to keep the food from wandering down the overflow.
Find someone to check the tank maybe 2 times a week & show them how to fill the top off container if needed.
 

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I would be nervous leaving for 2 weeks, but ultimately if your ATO will last that long and you get the auto feeder setup your tank should be fine. As already recommended I'd try to setup and use the auto feeder for a while before going. With the eheim (and maybe all auto feeders idk) it is really really easy to overfeed the tank.
If you are dosing make sure to top of any containers before you leave and I'd show someone how to empty the skimmer if needed and possible.
 

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