Vacation tank feeding options ?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Gil_likeOnAFish, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Hello,
    I am going on vacation for a week and a half on Oct 7. I'm looking into options for auto feeders for my tank. Not all my fish will eat off the surface of the water and I just got a black cap basslet that eats meaty food only. I was planning to drill an old cooler, keep some frozen/dry food in big water bottles connected to a dosing pump for an auto feeder, maybe put the auto feeder in the cooler so that the dry food doesn't turn into mush. As you can tell this is my first time away from my tank. My ideas are scattered with no official blue prints. What are things you guys have done or seen that can work? I am trying to explore my options... Is there anything else I should worry about or take care of before I go?

    Gil =)

    In fish my tank;
    Ocellaris pair
    Bi-color angel
    Zebra dart
    Yellow watchman
    black cap basslet
    Green manderin

    Coral ;
    Brown acropora
    Purple stylophora
    And a whole bunch of zoas

    Will my corals be ok if I feed the whole tank? I usually target feed...
  2. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    My opinion (I go on vacation a lot, but am not an expert reefer), is to just do simple automatic dry feeding.
    The fish/coral will not starve, and anything complex is more likely to fail, and thus cause huge
    problems that you will not be there to fix.

    I like the individual bucket feeders, since you can put flakes, granules,
    and even fine coral food in them, and have it drop 2-3 times per day.
    Unfortunately, hard to find in the US.
  3. Bigmikey

    Bigmikey Guest

    Your corals are fine since none are nps they dont really need to be fed except by light. As for your fish I suggest getting an auto feeder for dry food. In my experiences if a fish is hungry enough he will find food. Plus you are only really gone for four days isn't that right Gil hahaha
  4. treylane

    treylane Supporting Member

    Go with an auto feeder and get someone to come in and feed frozen every couple days while you're gone. Ten days is a longer hunger strike than you really want to subject your basslet to - and not all fish "will just eat pellets if they get hungry enough," especially not newly added fish.
  5. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Get an eheim auto feeder. Put only pellets of the same size in it. Corals should be fine. I also recommend that you have someone view the tank while you are away. Hopefully they will notice if anything has fallen over and top off system due to evaporation. And yes to what Jess said above.
  6. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Where do you live? +1 on the eheim feeder and have a friend check in 3-4 times
  7. @ bigmikey - You forgot I got CBP testing in Sunny San DiAgo right after New York, or in Anchorman terms a" whale's va..." Lol

    I stay in Pacifica. I will l try the eheim auto feeder suggestion. I will most likely have my brother check water and do a feed every 3 days... Still might want to try that doser pump feeder as a back up.... Let you guys know, I might make a thread about it. Thanks guys! :beer:
  8. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    You should portion out the food before you leave
  9. True... Right on
  10. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    I'm on the other side of the slide from you, so if there's a real emergency have your bro contact me, or you can if youse guys are in contact.
  11. houser

    houser Past President

    I have those daily pill boxes in the freezer super easy plus eheim feeder.
  12. anathema

    anathema Guest

    When you pickin' up the monti?

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