Finally, your much-awaited vacation is around the corner. You have booked your flights, made the hotel reservations, and packed your luggage. However, there is one thing left to arrange – someone to care for your pet fish! It is not always necessary to hire a fish sitter when you go away, as it all depends upon the duration of your travel. If you are traveling for a couple of days, your fish will be just fine with an auto feeder. However, if you are going on a long trip or if your fish has not been well, you will need to arrange for someone to drop in and make sure that everything is well. Having someone drop by to check things will give you the peace of mind required for your vacation.
A couple of things to keep in mind when leaving your pet fish behind for a few days:
- The temperature of the house
The temperature of the house is one of the most important things to consider during your vacation. Also, make sure to pay the electricity bills on time. The last thing you want is the filter controls to go out on your fish because the electric bill was not paid on time. Another safe option is to have a backup battery-run heater or cooling system for worst case scenarios of power outage due to storms etc.
- The routine
Pet fish become used to a certain routine, just like how humans live on their biological clocks. The fish get used to a routine – when they are fed, when the lights go on and off. When going away on a vacation, it is suggested to install a lamp with a timer near the fish tank to make sure that they live by their routine.
- Avoid the change of water
Do not change the water in the fish tank just before leaving. After you change the water the fish needs to be observed and watched for a while. Thus, even though the water might need cleaning and changing, it is suggested to let the fish just be in its water.
- Finding a fish sitter
If your fish is not feeling well, or has special needs, you will need to find a daily fish sitter. Usually the dog-sitters and cat-sitters are well capable of taking care of pet fish as well. Ask the sitters if they are comfortable taking care of fish, check the references and leave behind a set of instructions. You can also ask your friends, relatives or neighbours to check in on your fish from time to time.
Now that you have covered most, if not all your bases, just keep swimming— and have fun!