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What to do while away on vacation....
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February 05, 2002 - 12:25 pm
I will be traveling for a week soon and was lucky enough
to find a pet sitter to come in and take care of my fish
on a daily basis. Has anyone used those feeding "tablets"
for fish you can find at a lps? How do they work and do
the fish actually use them?
Thanks for any info!
February 05, 2002 - 08:38 pm
I have never used them and I don't intend to. I have
never heard anything good about 'vacation blocks'
(I assume you're talking about the hard white blocks
that are usually in the shape of a fish or something?)
I heard that they contain plaster (!) and pollute
the water. So please don't use them. How much does the
pet sitter know about fish?
February 05, 2002 - 09:43 pm
Just put the feedings in a small sandwhich bag. You can
set up individual portions and have the petsitter feed once
per day. Either that or buy a digital automatic feeder,
but they are pretty pricey!
February 05, 2002 - 09:52 pm
chris, I agree with Sierra on not using the feeding blocks.
They do tend to foul the water,and just never felt them
to be suitable for the fish.
Since you have found someone that will care for them while
you are away, these feeder blocks would not be necessary
anyway. If the sitter cannot feed every day, don't worry,
the fish will be fine. If you want to make sure that your
sitter does not overfeed, premeasure the food the sitter
will be feeding, so there are no mistakes. Your fish probably
will be okay going the entire week with no food, but if
you are like me, the thought of them not getting to eat
makes me weak, but since you do have a sitter, I think all
will be well while you are away with the above tip.
February 06, 2002 - 09:48 am
Thank you everyone for your responses. I agree with the
whole idea of the little block of plaster. I think it is
an awful idea, but I always want to have a backup in case
something happens with the sitter being unavailable.
I had intended to seperate each day's food rations in
a baggie for the sitter. This way no matter what she does
or how much she "thinks" they should eat, they'll
get the correct proportions.
Some people think they are just fish, but they are as important
to me as my dogs and cats. Thanks again.
February 06, 2002 - 06:09 pm
Hey Chris, you are so right about how people think that
fish aren't as important as other pets. I think maybe
people think that they don't have as many feelings and
because they aren't cuddly and 'patable' people
don't feel as close to them and can't empathise
with them. Also people might just think they are ornaments.