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  1. Default Vacation Fish Food

    0 Not allowed!
    Greetings friends,

    I have just returned from a long weekend break in London, it was very enjoyable but very wet, that's England for you.
    Anyway, I didn't want my fish to starve while I was away so I left a 9g stick of Tetramin Weekend Fish Food in the tank. According to the package this will keep my fish fed for 4 to 6 days. When I returned home I checked the tank and this stick of food was furry! It seems to have grown a dense coat of long white strands of something. I removed it straight away and gave the fish some flake food, which they devoured in seconds.

    Does anyone have any experience of this type of slow release food and if so, should it grow fur? I'm thinking not, but the water obviously isn't sterile so some growth might be expected. I didn't photograph it, but I have put one of these sticks in a glass full of tank water to see what happens and how quickly the fur grows.

    Finally, any recommendations for suitable food to leave in the tank if I go away for a week?

    16g tropical - Silvertip & Cherry Barb

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    2 Not allowed!
    Those slow release things are never good. Unreliable. You could do an autofeeder OR depending on how long you are going to be gone you don't have to feed them at all. I've left my fish for two weeks without feeding them. What I do is feed them extra food for a few days before I go.
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    1 Not allowed!
    few aquarists use those vacation feeder blocks.
    most of the time, fish do not even recognize the object as food, and it will just rot, spoil your water, and get moldy like you have experienced.
    If fish do see it as food, they will exhibit the self-control they have (aka none) and just eat and eat and eat as much as they can as fast as they can, leading to health problems, death and/or lack of food later down the line.

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    2 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by sox500c View Post

    Does anyone have any experience of this type of slow release food and if so, should it grow fur?
    That is indeed somewhat unusual. Usually it just messes up the water incredibly and causes your nitrates to spike

    Finally, any recommendations for suitable food to leave in the tank if I go away for a week?
    Yes. Nothing! Feed well before you go and again after. If you stay away longer then get a feeder.

  5. #5


    1 Not allowed!
    If your trip is longer, this works well for me:
    40 gal fw: 3 Platy; 9 Cherry Barb; 16 Neon Tetra; 21 Rummy-nose Tetra; ~30 Red Cherry Shrimp; an Assassin snail
    live plants: 2 Lace Java Fern on dw; a Sword plant; a Moss ball; 2 bunches of Java Moss on rocks; carpet of Cladophora algae on dw

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    0 Not allowed!
    Thanks for the advice everyone, I'll dispose of the remaining feeder blocks. We are never away for more than a week but I'll look into automatic feeders just in case.

    16g tropical - Silvertip & Cherry Barb

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