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Old 06-02-2016, 11:24 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We went away on a trip for 6 days, and left a 7-day vacation feeder (ProBalance) in the aquarium for the 5 Barbs. Upon returning, they seemed hungry and looking at the feeder block, it appeared to look the same as when we put it in. I left it in there and after 10 days it started to flake apart. Does anyone know a better brand that actually releases food during the first 7 days? We have another trip coming up next month.
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Old 06-02-2016, 12:13 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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I prefer
Ani Mate Automatic Aquarium Fish Feeder | Automatic Feeders | PetSmart
for vacation feeders, the blocks tend to be hit or miss and often end up being a big issue for water quality too...
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Old 06-02-2016, 12:25 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Cool device, I'll stop by our PetSmart and pick one up. Thanks!
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Old 06-03-2016, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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Try Eheim autofeeder


Eheim Battery Operated Auto Fish Feeder




I used these and they work well. Only problem I have with them is dropping them into the tank when I was doing daily water changes. Dry them off, they continues to work.
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Old 06-25-2016, 02:23 AM
 
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Just a bit off-topic question. Can we feed our gold fishes boiled vegetables?
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Old 07-01-2016, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Just a bit off-topic question. Can we feed our gold fishes boiled vegetables?
Yes, you can. And it's good for them! Helps prevent constipation.
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Old 07-01-2016, 12:11 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Update, I got the battery-powered feeder, and it works great. I have it set to feed at a time when I can watch it to make sure there are no problems. For the last few days it's been perfect, so I'll let it feed them until it runs out of food, then feed normally again until we leave.
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Glad to hear you found a feeder that will work for you, OP!
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:34 AM
 
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Fish can go hungry for more than 3 weeks without a problem. They are cold blood animals without the need to spend a lot of energy to maintain body heat. So they do not need nearly as much food as we do.

You are only leaving for 6 days. The fish will be more than fine without any food during such short period.

Even if you must leave for a lot longer, I would not recommend any kind of "food block". Some of them are known for polluting the aquarium water. Without you being around, the ammonia is the killer.

If you must, I also agree that an automatic feeder would be a better choice.
The following article gives some details on how much and how often to feed the fish, with a recommendation on automatic feeder at the end.
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Old 07-08-2016, 03:18 AM
 
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Yes, you can. And it's good for them! Helps prevent constipation.
Thanks a ton, Aredhel. I have started giving my goldfish some carrots and peas (both boiled). I think they loved this new servings.
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