What to do about feeding during short vacations?

BRS

zdrc

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Feb 21, 2022
Messages
121
Reaction score
87
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
USA
I'm about at the point where I'm going to start stocking a 12 gallon aquapod. The thing is, I take frequent short vacations (like 5-7 days), which is a problem for daily feedings. For my freshwater fish it's not problem for them to skip feedings for that long (I've had zero losses doing this for years). I've tried automatic feeders in the past, but I was always dissatisfied. I usually have small tanks, and I found it really hard to get them to feed small amounts consistently. I would usually come home to fouled tank, and I decided I would have a healthier tank if I actually just skipped feedings. If I'm gone for a longer time period I would usually find someone to feed the fish.

My planned stocking is gobies and/or a tailspot blenny. How often will these fish need to be fed? Can they make it a week without food? Are there any high quality autofeeders that would work on a tank this small? Could I get away with adding a bunch of pods and phyto the day before I leave? Could I culture algae on a rock in a separate tank which would then be put in the tank for the blenny? Will the tailspot blenny eat macro algae?
 
REEFTIDE

dwest

2500 Club Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Feb 27, 2018
Messages
3,825
Reaction score
8,634
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Northern KY
I'm about at the point where I'm going to start stocking a 12 gallon aquapod. The thing is, I take frequent short vacations (like 5-7 days), which is a problem for daily feedings. For my freshwater fish it's not problem for them to skip feedings for that long (I've had zero losses doing this for years). I've tried automatic feeders in the past, but I was always dissatisfied. I usually have small tanks, and I found it really hard to get them to feed small amounts consistently. I would usually come home to fouled tank, and I decided I would have a healthier tank if I actually just skipped feedings. If I'm gone for a longer time period I would usually find someone to feed the fish.

My planned stocking is gobies and/or a tailspot blenny. How often will these fish need to be fed? Can they make it a week without food? Are there any high quality autofeeders that would work on a tank this small? Could I get away with adding a bunch of pods and phyto the day before I leave? Could I culture algae on a rock in a separate tank which would then be put in the tank for the blenny? Will the tailspot blenny eat macro algae?
I think they would be fine without feeding. I used to be gone longer without feeding. However, now I use an eheim automatic feeder with pellets. You can put tape over the outlet slot and very finely control the amount given.
 

ukgeoff

New Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Feb 24, 2022
Messages
16
Reaction score
18
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
UK
My theory is when the fish are caught, they’re put Into a bucket on the beach, transported to the local distributor, put in to a holding tank, then bagged up and shipped to whatever country they’re going to, delivered to the wholesaler of that country, placed in holding tank again and finally delivered to the LFS. I reckon that process must take at least a minimum of 5 days with no food and then who knows what happens in the LFS. I’ve also had fish take over a week to start feeding when I’ve introduced them. With all this in mind, I’d say they could go at least 7-days without feeding but never tried it, so it’s all just theory. I hope all goes well for you, please let us know how you get on as I’ve got my holiday planned as well lol.
 
Printed Reef - Custom Reef Accessories

gbroadbridge

Valuable Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Mar 25, 2021
Messages
1,335
Reaction score
1,256
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Sydney, Australia
I'm about at the point where I'm going to start stocking a 12 gallon aquapod. The thing is, I take frequent short vacations (like 5-7 days), which is a problem for daily feedings. For my freshwater fish it's not problem for them to skip feedings for that long (I've had zero losses doing this for years). I've tried automatic feeders in the past, but I was always dissatisfied. I usually have small tanks, and I found it really hard to get them to feed small amounts consistently. I would usually come home to fouled tank, and I decided I would have a healthier tank if I actually just skipped feedings. If I'm gone for a longer time period I would usually find someone to feed the fish.

My planned stocking is gobies and/or a tailspot blenny. How often will these fish need to be fed? Can they make it a week without food? Are there any high quality autofeeders that would work on a tank this small? Could I get away with adding a bunch of pods and phyto the day before I leave? Could I culture algae on a rock in a separate tank which would then be put in the tank for the blenny? Will the tailspot blenny eat macro algae?
For less than a week most fish will do okay without feeding. I'm assuming you won't have problem fish like CBB's or Mandarins. Even Anthias wont starve to death but will get aggressive so are somewhat problematic.

Autofeeders can cause huge problems unless you have them perfectly dialed in and lots of CUC to cleanup unintentional overfeedings. I've heard good things about the Avast feeder but haven't tried one. I trust the Eheim feeder, but I can turn it off remotely if I need to.
 

vetteguy53081

Well known Member and monster tank lover
Review score
+4 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
61,895
Reaction score
135,064
Review score
+4 /0 /-0
Location
Wisconsin - Florida before Fall
I have someone top check on my tanks in my absence but in the past I utilized auto feeder and when it went empty, so be it. In turn, my tank was crystal clear and fish were hungry but healthy
 
Atlantik icon reef aquarium LED lighting

Gareth elliott

Read, Tinker, Fail, Learn
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
May 7, 2017
Messages
5,460
Reaction score
6,910
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
NJ
5-7 days most fish, except things like seahorses are fine. Caveat is on a new tank. There is a lot of life to graze on from Amphipods to algae to make that 5-7 days a lot shorter.

Main concern during a vacation is power loss and aeration.
 

BitReef

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Jul 3, 2020
Messages
153
Reaction score
154
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Edmond
I think they would be fine without feeding. I used to be gone longer without feeding. However, now I use an eheim automatic feeder with pellets. You can put tape over the outlet slot and very finely control the amount given.
Same here. I use an Eheim auto feeder on my 29g. I feed pellets. I hotglued the door to make a smaller hole and then adjusted the number of turns until I got the right amount of food (4 turns a day). I set this up for vacations, but it has worked so well I now use it for my daily feeding. I do have to keep an eye on it though. The batteries died once and I think my fish went 2 or 3 days without feeding.
 

Beau_B

Valuable Member
Review score
+2 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Jun 29, 2019
Messages
1,141
Reaction score
995
Review score
+2 /0 /-0
Same answer, have left for 7 days without issues other than a little aggression. I wouldn't do it regularly though.

I leave for 48 hrs just about every week though and have no problems. Wrasses, CBB, tang, blenny/gobies, mandarin, etc.
 
BRS
BRS

Did you start off in the reef hobby buying used equipment? Do you still use pre-owned equipment? (Choose all that apply)

  • Yes, I did start off with some used equipment. It made getting everything going easier!

    Votes: 135 40.3%
  • Yes, I did start off with some used equipment, but it was a mistake I won't make again.

    Votes: 17 5.1%
  • I still buy used equipment! It's a helpful way to save money in this hobby!

    Votes: 105 31.3%
  • Nope! Everything I used to get started was new! And I'm glad I started with all new stuff!

    Votes: 81 24.2%
  • Nope! Everything I used to get started was new! But, I should've looked around for used options!

    Votes: 33 9.9%
  • I still only buy new equipment! Lots of problems avoided that way!

    Votes: 43 12.8%
  • Other... (Post in the thread)

    Votes: 13 3.9%
Bulk Reef Supply
Top