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Feeding Your Fish While You’re Away

The common dilemma of aquarium owners when going on a trip or a holiday is how to feed the fish when no one is around. Unless you have a very reliable neighbor or a responsible friend who can diligently come to your house and feed your fish one or twice a day without fail, then you will need a way to go on a trip but still not having your fish die of hunger since you cannot pack your aquarium with you for a holiday. I know this very well since I had been in this situation before, I even canceled one of my trips just because I didn’t want my fish to go hungry. Well, that was in my early days of aquarium-keeping, now it isn’t the case as I have found ways of feeding my fishes even when I’m away.

1. Holiday Fish Food Tablet

This tablet can last from 7 days to 15 days depending on the size. The tablet must be placed near the oxygen stone to gradually disperse the food. What I like about fish food tablet is that it doesn’t pollute the water. I used tablets when I had small fishes like goldfish, tetras, and mollies. When choosing the fish food tablet, make sure that it is a trusted brand because there are many low-quality brands and worse, imitations.


2. Automatic Fish Feeder

This machine is attached to the aquarium and is battery operated. It can be programmed on when the food will disperse. The compartment for the fish food rotates when the timer sets off and the food fell from the opening of the compartment. The automatic fish feeder is not only good to use when you’re on a holiday but also if you’re too busy or forgetful. However, the point of keeping an aquarium is to have a fish to feed to, to spend a quality time with, and release stress, so if the automatic fish feeder is doing the feeding of your fish, then you are losing the benefit of keeping a fish.


So now, whether you have a fish bowl or big fish tank like mine, actually, 3 of them, you do not need to worry whenever you have to be on a trip and nobody is at home to tend to your beloved Nemo.

Rainbow Shark Care


Rainbow Shark or Red fin shark, Ruby shark, Red Shark is known for its 2 pairs of sensitive barbells beside the mouth which are used to search for food. Rainbow shark has also different shade of body ranging from brown, blue, gray, or black with it’s famous red fins.

Rainbow Sharks feed on the leftover food that are mostly found in the bottom of the tank so with them, you are sure that your tank is  always clean.

 Rainbow Shark Care

Rainbow Sharks cannot eat pellets, they rely on the left over food by its tank mates. These food are usually powdered or crushed by other fish.

Rainbow Shark is aggressive towards another Rainbow Shark so keeping a couple is not really advisable. It is semi-aggressive to other fish but usually can be kept with most aquarium fishes.

The Rainbow shark needs at least 55 gallon tank size and with rocks, shades, plants. It needs hiding place.  The water temperature should be between 24 -27 degrees Celsius.

Rainbow Shark Breeding

Since Rainbow sharks are aggressive towards each other, breeding is difficult and with low result.

My rainbow shark has been to all the tanks. It has been the tank mate of molly, guppies, cichlids, parrot fish, and others. He always keeps my tank clean 🙂