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Re: Feeding Killie's dry food while on vacation
> Any success stories with feeding dry food (type and variety) to various
Fp, Aphy, and BIV while one is away on vacation( the feeding to be done by
novices given VERY specific instructions). They normally are feed live
black worms and/or brine shrimp and have never gotten a dry food diet. I'll
be gone for 2-weeks.
How about not feeding them for two weeks? Your odds of having the adult
killies still there are a lot better. :)
Trained fish sitters can work. I was pleased to watch a friend's killies one
time. When he returned there were three more tanks of youngsters than when
he left. He has returned the favor.
But it is really not fair to expect a non-fish person to learn the craft on
their own. I'm also mindful of a local fish person panicking and
inadvertently really messing up a discus room. Sitters should really know
your fish and your set-up ahead of time. That is rarely possible.
If you have air conditioning, set the temperature so the killies will not
cook. If you don't mind the bill, set the temperature so that they are at
the low end of their range and metabolize less.
We have been away from our killies for two weeks and even a three week trip.
(What an air conditioning bill in one case!)
That is the time to separate pairs or if you group spawn, to leave the
females in one tank and males in another. Space doesn't always allow, but
even a few borrowed (and covered) tanks or reasonable facsimile on the floor
are better than leaving pairs together.
Prior to that 3 week trip a lot of killies were separated. Eggs of very
different killies were dumped into used but empty 10 gallon tanks with
plants (AUS with DAG with GER with BIV and so on).
When we returned a couple old killies had died. There were also several
dozen 1/2" youngsters there to greet us though.
Oh yeah, a couple of days before our return, the land lady, of her own
misguided volition, came by and carpeted each tank with flake food. After a
12 hour drive, the next three were spent siphoning tank bottoms while
pondering an address change. We were lucky enough to never rent again.
All the best!
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