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Goldfish advice

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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
going to disneyland in 3 weeks-my friend is looking after the dogs but daughter has a goldfish-just lives in a standard sized fishbowl. missus went to the pet shop to get one of those vacation feeding blocks for the 7 days we will be away.

just reading the pack and it says"as a guide one block placed in a 45 litre tank will feed 10-15 fish for approx 2 weeks"

missus swears she told the pet shop guy exactly what it was for but surely this cant be right?

its for all varieties of cold water fish and has a pic of a goldfish on the pack so its the right thing but surely not the right size-should I cut it? will daughters fish end up dead through too much food?
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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Too little food will almost certainly do no harm. Too much can cause ammonia poison.
If it's a tiny 5 litre bowl knock a portion of the block off, and err on the side of caution. Goldfish don't need that much food.
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seancampbell
Too little food will almost certainly do no harm. Too much can cause ammonia poison.
If it's a tiny 5 litre bowl knock a portion of the block off, and err on the side of caution. Goldfish don't need that much food.


thanks for that-repped-will just cut a bit off then.
#3
I went away for the week, completely forgot to feed the daughters fish before we went, fearing coming back to 2 dead goldfish. Were ok tho when we got back, must have gone 10 days without food altogether.

As stated too much is more dangerous than too little
#4
I wouldn't bother with the feed block at all, too much potential for polluting the tank, 7 days they will be fine without food, just give them a little extra food the week before.
#5
You can buy smaller weekend ones
#6
i was thinking the same thing we have 2 large tropical tanks and we go away for the week in oct are the blocks ok to use for tropical fish too?
#7
Tropical fish are much more prone to variations in ammonia levels etc. You'd be better off with an automated feeder, or just not feeding.
#8
They can easy go 2 weeks without feeding.

If you cant get anyone to feed them, I'd just forget about them til you get back.
#9
ChrisUK
They can easy go 2 weeks without feeding.

If you cant get anyone to feed them, I'd just forget about them til you get back.


I find goldfish feeding guidance very confusing, I feed my 2 every 3-4 days and they look fine.

Bought some food on Saturday and it says on the box feed 2-3 times a day.

I find the more I feed them the poorer the water quality gets, but I often wonder whether I am underfeeding them. How would I know?
#10
You should really have them in a tank/bowl with a cycled filter & change 1/3 water once a week to reduce Nitrate build up.

Anything the fish doesnt eat after 3-4 mins should be removed from the water.

I feed my tropical fish once a day - the instructions on nearly all foods tell you to overfeed them ! The more you use, the more you'll buy.......

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