Important topic today and that is how to take care of your pets while you go on vacation. Recently got back from a short trip and would like to share how it’s possible to go away and make sure your fish are taken care of while you’re gone. Like other pets, goldfish need care even if you are away. You might go on holiday to the sea, skiing or weekend, you’ll ask what is the best way to manage this absence. Because yes, it is possible to have a fish without sacrificing your holidays or weekends!
A short trip for me is equivalent to an absence of 2 to 3 days. For this short period of time simply let your fish fast, no special precautions need to be taken. That might surprise you but a goldfish can fast up to 7 days without any worries. In our aquariums we always tend to overfeed our fish, in nature they would not eat every day.
You can leave the electricity connected while you’re gone, the aquarium should operate fine.
I advice not to leave the air pump (bubbler) in action unattended, so unplug your air pump and remove the diffuser. In case of power failure, the tank could empty through the air hose.
It is also essential to have the lights on, especially if you close all the shutters at home during your absence. To do this use a timer that turns your lights on and off automatically every day. The automated lighting and your fish will not be upset by the lack of day / night cycle. Also note that if you have plants in the aquarium lack of light can be fatal for them.
For Longer Trips
Feed your fish normally and not excessively before departure. The use of an automatic fish feeder is recommended for long trips. I recommend the Eheim everyday fish feeder. Check out the review it’s really good. Buy, install and operate the dispenser for at least one week before departure. You can thus be certain of adjustments, meal times and quantities when you are away. The batteries of these devices easily last 1-2 months.
You can leave electricity on in your absence, so the aquarium should operate normally with the filter working 24/7. To protect your home and appliances you can cut off all circuit breakers on the electrical panel in your home, leaving only one on that feeds the aquarium. I advice not to leave the air pump (bubbler) in action unattended, unplug your air pump and remove the diffuser water. Let essential lighting inside, it is of course not possible to leave the fish and plants in the dark for a week or more. After more than 48 hours in the dark the plants will die and decompose = water pollution.
If you follow these tips then your fish will be ok while you travel and you can focus on having a good time.