I need my pet fish to be fed while I'm on vacation for a couple weeks. How can I do that without asking other people to help? I don't want to leave my fish with anyone else, and I don't want to let anyone in my house while I'm gone. It really seems like there should be some way to do this easily.

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    What kind of fish? Many fish types you can drop in a feeder block, which contains a bit of food, but mainly anti-acid. The fish can quite easily go a week or so without food.
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 8, 2016 at 19:18
  • Thanks, @Tetsujin. It's a betta fish. I'll look into the feeder block.
    – user16015
    Sep 8, 2016 at 19:27
  • @jyoung My betta fish was fine with a feeder block for a week. (It also went without eating anything for a month one time, but that's another story.) Sep 8, 2016 at 20:33

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If you search Amazon (or Google) "Fish Feeder Timer" there are a large number of products which will dispense food periodically - a lot of these are under $30.

Some examples -

  • Feeder block, pence/cents, also keeps the water clean. Automatic feeder, 25 bucks, usually dispenses too much so leaves rotting food, & no-one to clean the tank for 2 weeks. Not the best idea. When I discovered that difference, 20 years ago, my tank survival rate went from negative to positive; I actually was breeding fish [totally of their own accord, not of my design] & gaining numbers in the same tank as I'd been losing fish for years & restocking from the shop every year.
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 9, 2016 at 18:44

You can buy feeding blocks that slowly dissolve in water and reaese the food over a given period of time. They are cheap and sold with names as vacation food block, weekend food block or something similar.

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