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    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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    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;6286471

    Too little food will almost certainly do no harm. Too much can cause … 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.

    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

    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.

    You can buy smaller weekend ones

    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?

    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.

    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.

    ChrisUK;6288080

    They can easy go 2 weeks without feeding.If you cant get anyone to feed … 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?

    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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