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Going on holiday
#1
Hello guys,

If me and my partner plan a trip away, what actions should we take for the care of our goldfish?

250 Litre tank
3 large goldfish

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#2
Whenever we’ve gone away either my friends look after our house and i’ve shown them how to feed the fish correctly, i have also left them alone for the week with nothing until we come back. A lot of fish can survive around 3 weeks or more without food etc
I wouldnt use the holiday blocks they cause more trouble than they are worth Big Grin
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Yeah my mans great aunty comes to stay at our house for the cat and the fish, pretty sure she feeds more than I ask her to but always big water changes and filter overhauls when we return - unless it’s only for a couple of days, I do a big feed, water change, make sure filters are all running ok, check the temps and I know they be good
150l
Apistogramma Hongsloi (Basil & Bertha), Ember Tetras, Sulawesi & Nerite snail, Pygmy Cory & fry (C Hastatus), Oto’s, emerald eyes, 2 Honey Gouramis (Sam & Dean), Ghost Shrimp & not forgetting the 3 orphaned mosquito raspboras
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Betta Splendens (Kung Fu Bob), Nerite snail, Salt & Pepper Pygmy Cory
100l (I think.....)
2 Fancy Goldfish (2 Ronnie’s) & their 2 snail friends, Woody & Buzz
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#4
When I went away last month I had someone house sit but instructed them to feed every other day (in case they ignored my suggested amount or felt sorry for the “hungry looking fishes”!) That way I knew they were being fed but also had a day to fast in case of potential overfeeding.

As an experiment I didn’t feed my fish for a whole week a few months ago as I’d read that they’d be fine for a few weeks. They were all fine after a week and there was less waste to clean too!
Fluval 240L with 306. Water 1.68 dGh. 

19 Harlequin Rasbora, 15 Rummynose Tetra, 9 Panda Corydoras, 2 Bolivian Rams and 2 Amano shrimp.
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Your tank has been established for a while now so they’ll be fine for a week or so. They will hate you for it but they’ll be fine Big Grin

As GL says don’t use the holiday blocks of gunky nastiness!
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200L Marine Reef.....stocking in progress!
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It does depend on how long you're away for, but anything up to 3 weeks they should be fine without food.....if someone is coming in, measure the amount of feed into a container with compartments, so they only feed what's there.
If at first you don't succeed....
...get someone else to do it! Big Grin

Enjoy your fish, shrimps and snails!
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'measure the amount of feed into a container with compartments'

I lined up shot glasses in front of the tank for Creepy Uncle to feed mine every other day.
That way I could vary it a bit without having to explain to him how.
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18 Harlequins
12 Amano Shrimp
8 Panda Corydoras
6 Kuhli Loaches
4 Otos
3 Pearl Gouramis
3 Assassin Snails
1 Neon Tetra
Platy fry
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I've done the every other day routine with food compartments before. Handy if you have someone who can come round. If you don't then as people say they should be fine depending how long you're away. I've also used fishscience weekend food with no issues. Made a point to underfeed with amounts though to be on safe side.
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I just make up a little food parcels of different dry foods. So there will be days with more flake, others with more algae wafers and so on. I also tell them that I will feed the fish on my departure and my arrival days but that usually turns out to be fasting days for the fish  Big Grin 

If you have any suspicion that that the caretaker person may be feeding extra, just hide your fish food somewhere.
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