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Moss Balls as Goldfish Holiday Food

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Hi I have a question

I'm going away on holiday for about 10 days next week. Because I live by myself there won't be anyone who can feed my single goldfish.

I plan to buy a few moss balls as a kind of "natural holiday food" for the goldfish, rather than the usual holiday fish food one can buy in stores, which are generally quite poor quality. Would the goldfish be able to eat some of the moss ball and not go hungry?

 

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26 minutes ago, Iseul said:

Hi I have a question

I'm going away on holiday for about 10 days next week. Because I live by myself there won't be anyone who can feed my single goldfish.

I plan to buy a few moss balls as a kind of "natural holiday food" for the goldfish, rather than the usual holiday fish food one can buy in stores, which are generally quite poor quality. Would the goldfish be able to eat some of the moss ball and not go hungry?

 

Thank you

I have a lot of moss balls in my tank. I know that they do nibble on them and shred them. As for being able live off of it Im not to sure, you could but some in and also some duckweed. That might keep them going :) 

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I was going to suggest with Koko suggested, duckweed as well as some other aquatic plants that they could nibble on - like elodea for - as a healthy snack.

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Try an automatic feeder?

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I bought 2 moss balls and a bunch of elodea plants.

I have also got some holiday food. Should I also put in a small piece just in case before I leave for holiday?

I don't really like fish holiday foods because they are generally poor quality (and my goldfish is used to better quality food) and potentially they can have a negative impact on water quality. This is why I thought about using "natural foods" like water plants instead.

As for automatic feeders, I've considered it but the issue is that there is no way for me to keep my tank lid closed if I install the automatic feeder, I'd have to keep the lid completely open, and I worry about the fish jumping out. I lost one fish nearly 2 years ago this way, even though at the time there was nothing wrong with the water quality. As long as the goldfish won't actually starve to death (now that I've got plenty of edible water plants in the tank) I'd rather not risk opening the lid and keep it open for 10 days straight.

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Goldfish will be fine left with out food for about a week.  I have done this several times when leaving town (and so have several other members).  If you supplement with moss balls and elodea plants, you should have no worries . . . 

Actually, it does cross my mind (and I'd like others to chime in with thoughts and experience), might all the extra plant matter clog up the filter if there is too much new plant matter added?

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Goldfish will be fine left with out food for about a week.  I have done this several times when leaving town (and so have several other members).  If you supplement with moss balls and elodea plants, you should have no worries . . . 
Actually, it does cross my mind (and I'd like others to chime in with thoughts and experience), might all the extra plant matter clog up the filter if there is too much new plant matter added?
IMO, plant matter will only impact filtration if it dies and turns into a mushy mess... otherwise it will help the biological filtration.

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Of course plants will help with biological filtration . . . but I do remember times where I tried a new plant, only to have it shredded by my fish with bits clogging the filter.

To the OP, I suggest trying out the plants before you leave on your trip.  That way, you can see if your fish actually eat the plants, or just shred them for fun.  Every goldfish is different and some will love to eat one type of plant, while others won't touch it.  Also, all filters are different, yours may not suck floating plants in, while others may get clogged up fast.  Just some thoughts, do with them what you will.  ;)

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Hi the plants have been there for quite a few days, so far it seems to be fine.

Also, one of my friends has agreed to come to my flat next weekend (right in the middle of my holiday period) to feed the fish, so it should definitely be ok now, the gap would only be around 4 to 5 days, rather than 10 days. I won't need to add in any holiday food.

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15 hours ago, Iseul said:

Hi the plants have been there for quite a few days, so far it seems to be fine.

Also, one of my friends has agreed to come to my flat next weekend (right in the middle of my holiday period) to feed the fish, so it should definitely be ok now, the gap would only be around 4 to 5 days, rather than 10 days. I won't need to add in any holiday food.

If you can find some Duckweed trust me :) 

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