Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Trained Fish & Vacations

Susan emailed us to ask:

> What do you do with your trained fish when you go on vacation?

Great question Susan, especially appropriate for the holiday season.

In general, for trained fish and untrained ones alike, it is better to let your fish go hungry if you'll be away for less than a week, rather than risk having a friend or family member "take care" of them, and unintentionally overfeed them.

In fact, fish can go up to two weeks without food. But when I'm going to be gone for more than a few days, I like to set up an autofeeder. The one I use is the Ekomixo from Hydor:



It is battery operated, and can be used for pellets or flakes. It can be set to feed and adjustable amount 1 to 3 times per day. It gives me peace of mind that my very special fish Comet will be well cared for in my absence. It is available for under $40 in pet stores and on-line, at places like http://www.marinedepot.com/. Here it is set up over Comet's tank:


You may be wondering "will my fish forget the tricks he's learned while I'm away?"

Past experience says no, but I'm about to put fish memory to the test once again. I'm leaving with my family to visit relatives in New England for a week over Christmas. It will be the first time I'll have left Comet since he's learned all his tricks. We'll see when I return how long it takes him to remember all his tricks!

--Dean

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