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Man its hard to net 3" fish in a 180 gallon. Just a few minutes ago I had to net my spilos in my 180. It must have taken me about a hour and a half to catch them all. I am leaving for Spring break vacation and will not be back for a week. I figured that if i somehow seperated my spilos, then perhaps they would all still be around after a week of no feeding. I hardly trust them around each other if I were to miss a daily feeding, let alone a week.

In order to hold them I got 10 large crystal geyser plastic bottles and proceeded to melt holes in it with a few very hot screwdrivers. More then enough holes for water circulation. I put each spilo in a seperate bottle and let each bottle sink to the bottom of my tank. Hopefully they will be okay like that for a week. I figure that it has to be better then the alternative.

Over the past week I have been over feeding them, in an attempt to "fatten" them up. I will give them each a small feeder tonite. In the mornig before i leave I will remove any uneaten feeder parts, I dont really expect to find any though, and add one more feeder. Hopefully that will be enough to last them till next saturday when I return.

~Dj

Here is a Pic to show what Im talking about.
 

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HaHaHa... Im not really going on vacation. Just going home to the SF Bay Area, since school is out for a week.

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Nate - I do not believe in using egg crate as a divider. Not only is it impractical to use in my 180 for 10 different fish, but every time i have seen it used, it has had negative affects on the fish. I am not too fond of fish that have unsightly marks on thier chin.

Im not so worried that they might not last till i get back, instead im worried that they will eat each other. These spilos are way too aggresive to be trusted alone with no food for a week.

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Looks ok to me: the only thing that would worry me is wheter they get enough oxygen there (they have very limited swimming space, and are all on the bottom). But I think it will work out fine.

Good luck :smile:
 

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piranha 13 said:
Piranhas can last a long time without food. I would say they'd be fine until you get back. Make sure to give them something to eat thought as soon as you get back.
I agree with this. However, I don't like feeding any piranhas feeders, especially goldfish due to bacteria and disease but, for this one time load up the tank with feeders before you go.

(If it's not too late)
 

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I Have No Fish but I Have Japanese Girls On My Ava
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Serrapygo said:
piranha 13 said:
Piranhas can last a long time without food. I would say they'd be fine until you get back. Make sure to give them something to eat thought as soon as you get back.
I agree with this. However, I don't like feeding any piranhas feeders, especially goldfish due to bacteria and disease but, for this one time load up the tank with feeders before you go.

(If it's not too late)
Good idea, but wouldn't recommend it if your gonna be gone for a week. Putting more than enough feeders in a tank for your fish to eat will mostly be half eatten, cloud up water, disturb water perimeters, PH and not to mention the smell you'll have to deal with when you come home.

Get some Tetra vacation feeding pellets (forgot the name). But that should be more than good enough to keep your Ps fed for the meantime.
 

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RhomZilla said:
Serrapygo said:
piranha 13 said:
Piranhas can last a long time without food. I would say they'd be fine until you get back. Make sure to give them something to eat thought as soon as you get back.
I agree with this. However, I don't like feeding any piranhas feeders, especially goldfish due to bacteria and disease but, for this one time load up the tank with feeders before you go.

(If it's not too late)
Good idea, but wouldn't recommend it if your gonna be gone for a week. Putting more than enough feeders in a tank for your fish to eat will mostly be half eatten, cloud up water, disturb water perimeters, PH and not to mention the smell you'll have to deal with when you come home.

Get some Tetra vacation feeding pellets (forgot the name). But that should be more than good enough to keep your Ps fed for the meantime.
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: That is a good point Rhomzilla. I didn't think of that.
 

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I Have No Fish but I Have Japanese Girls On My Ava
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Serrapygo said:
RhomZilla said:
Serrapygo said:
piranha 13 said:
Piranhas can last a long time without food. I would say they'd be fine until you get back. Make sure to give them something to eat thought as soon as you get back.
I agree with this. However, I don't like feeding any piranhas feeders, especially goldfish due to bacteria and disease but, for this one time load up the tank with feeders before you go.

(If it's not too late)
Good idea, but wouldn't recommend it if your gonna be gone for a week. Putting more than enough feeders in a tank for your fish to eat will mostly be half eatten, cloud up water, disturb water perimeters, PH and not to mention the smell you'll have to deal with when you come home.

Get some Tetra vacation feeding pellets (forgot the name). But that should be more than good enough to keep your Ps fed for the meantime.
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: That is a good point Rhomzilla. I didn't think of that.
Yeah.. learned my lesson oine time. Girlfriend was pissed!!!
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Well we will see how things turn out. Its thursday, and I return on saturday. Hopefully my little school will be okay. I will definately feed them right away since im sure they will be very hungry.

Maybe during this past week, all of their fins will have healed to perfect condition being seperated and all. HaHaHa

~Dj
 

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toss in a bunch of quarentined feeders, if that is not available thrn try some of that vacation food stuff, I have never tried it but you could let us know how it goes...
... I would turn the temp down a little bit too as to slow down their activity and metabolism
 
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