Prepping for short vacations (3- or 4-day weekends)—
- Feed less on Friday.
- Do your water change as normal.
- They will be fine.
Prepping for mid-length vacations (7-10 days)—
- Trout are wild animals that can survive leaner times.
- Trout do not need to be fed or visited during a 10-day vacation.
- One week beforehand, you can replace your charcoal filter using a new, well-rinsed cartridge/bag of charcoal. Charcoal can help reduce ammonia and fresh charcoal will work well over the vacation.
- Continue with the normal feeding cycle in the days leading up to vacation.
- If anything feed a little less, so as to minimize ammonia discharge during holidays.
- Do a nice BIG water change right beforehand. Don’t let the tank temperature fluctuate more than 5 degrees. In an emergency, clean water is more important than temperature stability, though.
Prepping for LONG vacation (11+ days)—
Same prep as above.
- Plan to come in once to feed, if possible, about halfway through.
- If you can’t come in, don’t worry.
- Trout are wild animals that can survive the lean times.