Holiday food for fish: How to feed your goldfish while you’re on holiday

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Feeding goldfish while on holiday can be as simple as leaving them to look after themselves!

Everyone knows that dogs and cats can be kept in a kennel when you go on holiday. Sadly, there isn’t a similar option for goldfish. Instead, the best option is to leave your pet just where it is while you jet off for a week or two in the sun. But how do you go about feeding goldfish while on holiday?

First of all, we’d say that it’s very unlikely your goldfish will starve – even if you are going away for two weeks! Goldfish can live a long time without food.

However, understandably, some people don’t want to take that risk. With this in mind, here are three ways you can feed your goldfish while on holiday.

1. Get a fish-sitter to feed your goldfish while you are on holiday

A popular option is to arrange for a fish-sitter who will look after your pet while you’re away. In most cases, the best thing for the fish will be for its tank to remain in the same place because any sudden movements or change in environment could lead to it going into shock. That’s why you should arrange someone to regularly pop by your home to feed your fish instead.

2. Invest in an automatic feeder that will dispense holiday food to your fish

Automatic feeders come in many different shapes and sizes. As far as ones for goldfish go, they will usually be small gadgets that sit comfortably on the side of the tank.

Periodically – depending on how many fish you have in the water – it will release food. This dispenser will ensure that your fish don’t go hungry, nor are they ever overfed.

3. Use feeding blocks

Unlike automatic feeders or fish-sitters, feeding blocks allow pet owners an added peace of mind when they go away. This is because they are able to provide the fish with food themselves rather than relying on devices or other people.

Feeder blocks slowly dissolve when they are thrown into the tank. In the process, they provide your fish with all the nourishment they need while you are away on holiday.

But don’t worry!

It’s important to remember that goldfish are resilient and are more than capable of surviving without your care for days or even weeks.

Whatever holiday food option you choose, don’t worry about your fish. Relax and enjoy your holiday!

2 thoughts on “Holiday food for fish: How to feed your goldfish while you’re on holiday”

    • Hi,

      There are many automatic fish feeders out there, for either tanks or ponds that can be set to feed at specific times of the day.


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