Advice Aquariums

Keeping Your Aquarium Happy While You’re on Holiday

Keeping Your Aquarium Happy While You’re on Holiday

Hey there, fellow fish lover! Planning a holiday and worried about leaving your aquatic buddies behind? No worries! With a bit of prep, you can ensure your fish stay happy and healthy while you’re soaking up the sun or hitting the slopes. Here’s a guide to help you manage your aquarium care while you’re away.

1. Plan Ahead

The key to a stress-free holiday is planning. Start by listing everything your fish will need while you’re gone. This includes food, clean water, and a stable environment. Make sure you have all the necessary supplies well in advance.


2. Get a Fish Sitter

Just like you’d get a pet sitter for your cat or dog, consider finding a reliable fish sitter. It could be a friend, neighbour, or a professional service. Give them a detailed rundown of your tank’s needs, including feeding schedules and how to check the equipment. Leave them with the contact details of your local aquarium store, just in case.


3. Automate Feeding

Invest in an automatic fish feeder. These handy gadgets dispense the right amount of food at the right times, ensuring your fish don’t go hungry or get overfed. Just make sure to test it out a week before you leave to ensure it’s working properly.


4. Water Quality Matters

Clean water is crucial for your fish’s health. Perform a partial water change the day before you leave to ensure the water is fresh. If you’re going to be away for more than a week, consider setting up an automatic water changing system or ask your fish sitter to do a small water change mid-trip.


5. Check the Equipment

Before you head out, double-check that all your equipment is functioning correctly. This includes the filter, heater, lights, and air pump. If anything seems off, replace or repair it. You can find all the replacement parts you might need at Charterhouse Aquatics.


6. Light Timers

Fish need a consistent day-night cycle, which means regular lighting. Use a timer for your aquarium lights to ensure they turn on and off at the same times every day. This keeps your fish stress-free and maintains their natural rhythm.


7. Reduce Feeding

If you’re only gone for a few days, it’s okay to reduce feeding slightly. Most adult fish can go a few days without food. For longer trips, make sure the automatic feeder or sitter is feeding the right amount to avoid overfeeding and water contamination.


8. Leave Clear Instructions

If someone else is taking care of your tank, leave clear, written instructions. Include details on feeding amounts, how to check the water temperature, and what to do in case of an emergency. A quick visit to Charterhouse Aquatics can help you stock up on any last-minute essentials your sitter might need.


9. Emergency Contacts

Leave your contact details and the number of your local aquarium store with your sitter. If they run into any problems, they’ll have someone knowledgeable to call for advice. Charterhouse Aquatics has great customer service and can offer advice if needed.


10. Relax and Enjoy Your Holiday

Finally, relax! You’ve done everything you can to ensure your fish are well cared for. Enjoy your holiday knowing that your finned friends are in good hands.


Final Thoughts

Looking after your aquarium while on holiday doesn’t have to be stressful. With a bit of preparation and the right tools, you can ensure your fish stay happy and healthy while you’re away. For all your aquarium needs, don’t forget, Charterhouse Aquatics – they’ve got everything you need to keep your tank in top shape.

Happy holidays, and happy fishkeeping!

Reading next

Help! My Fish Are Fighting: A Guide to Restoring Peace in Your Tank
Dive into Aquarium Hardscaping: Tips and Tricks for a Stunning Aquascape

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.