Pet fish are relatively hassle-free to keep until you want to travel for a holiday. The first question that pops to mind is how long your fish can go without food. Nobody wants to come back home to dead fish.
Luckily, depending on the fish species, they go anywhere between three days to a week without food. Individual species may go for two weeks without food. However, this isn’t ideal, especially for younger fish, which don’t boast a hefty enough body mass to survive for extended duration without replenishing.
Let’s look into some of the ways fish enthusiasts
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Feed Your Fish Slow Release Fish Food
Another superb alternative would be getting your fish slow release fish, also referred to as vacation food. This alternative ensures your fish get adequate nutrition while you’re away.
Vacation food comes in different sizes, flavors, and shapes suitable for various types of fishes, including marine fish, bottom feeders, or bettas.
Upon placing the slow release food – which resembles a large and hard chunk of food into your aquarium – it dissolves slowly into the water. This happens gradually over the days meaning your fish will always have enough food supply until your return.
Vacation food is categorized by the duration it keeps your fish nourished. The two available options are;
- Weekend feeder blocks, which last a maximum of three days. This is an ideal choice when taking a weekend getaway.
- Vacation feeder blocks that last up to 14 days, allowing you to take extended vacations.
Buy an Automatic Feeder
Feeders come equipped with a timer that allows for the dispensation of pre-specified quantities of food at set intervals. You may acquire either a battery-operated or a plug-in model with the ideal choice down to individual preference. Feeders feature an adjustable opening that controls the amount of food dispensed into the aquarium.
As you make your travel plans, allot enough food in the feeder.
Hire a Fish Sitter
When travelling on extended holidays, hiring a fish sitter provides an excellent option just about to guarantee your fish remain well fed. Noteworthy, ensure to take your sitter through the appropriate food quantities to avoid overfeeding—fish bear notoriety for eating even when on a full belly. Overfeeding your aquatic pets puts them at the risk of death and leads to high nitrate production, leading to a foul smell.