Advantages Feeds your fish in your absence; No water pollution; Nutritious.
Disadvantages Easy to forget to open properly!
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Going away for Christmas?
Not happy to balance your entertaining, conversational fishies on your knee whilst doing 80mph sorry 70mph on the motorway?
You don’t necessarily need the first two but they will help to ease the guilt when leaving your lovely little swimmers home alone for a few days!
This product, though is vital. Please don’t be tempted to chuck a load of normal fish flakes in the tank in the hope that your fish will ration themselves to a daily munch in your absence – think pmt suffering lady in a room full of chocolate – not going to happen.
What you really need is a slow release food to provide adequate nutrition without gorging. There are many holiday blocks available – usually white chalky looking blocks which tend to both cloud the water and leave an unwanted residue of plaster. These gel tabs are better:
The tablets come in a bright cardboard packet with circles displaying the tablets. The tablets look rather like very pink mincemeat – probably best not to look too closely! The block is in a foil type base which looks rather like a fairy cake case (please don’t confuse them - this is definitely not nice stuff unless you have a dorsal fin!)
The most important thing about the block’s package though is that when you take the cardboard off it is easy to assume from the appearance of the food block that it is ready for plopping in the water – DON’T! Your fish will starve! There is a film over the top of the tablet which must be removed to allow access to the food! Writing this it sounds quite obvious that the lid would not be the cardboard alone, but when you have the tablet next to the tank to remind you to add before you leave it would be very easy to assume that the picture on the film is the real food and that it’s ready for off!
Luckily I did spot the film lid and my fish survived my last absence. The water appears no more polluted than would be expected after a week; my fish are swimming about perfectly happily (they have not told me differently anyway) and all seems to be hunky dory in the world of tank. Of course we will have to take the manufacturer’s word for it that this is healthy stuff – certainly less messy than some blocks I have used; takes up less space in the tank and will sit there for a while yet as an addition to small flake feeds.Bubbles and Splash give it the fins up.
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