I have a couple of little goldfish in my life that need feeding daily. Until discovering the holiday feeding block I used to take my fish (and tank) around to my parents house when away on holiday. I visit my parents frequently, but having to hump a whole fish tank 8 miles down the road really isn't ideal and I didn't want to keep burdening my parents with this task each year! This is where the feeding block came into play.
When visiting my local fish shop, hunting for some plants to liven up the fish tank, I noticed the holiday feeding blocks on the shelves.
I asked the staff about the feeding blocks and if they'd be suitable for goldfish, he clarified that it was suitable. They can also be used for tropical & marines. He explained that the fish can nibble away at the block and that it released pellets of food over the days you are away. That it also contained a midweek 'treat'. The manufacturer describes this as:
'Featuring a secret chamber containing Spirulina Algae which opens up midway through the feeding cycle.'
The member of staff established how many fish I had (two) and that I didn't have a tiny fish tank or bowl. He explained there was risk of the water clouding over otherwise.
I actually tried this block before I went away on holiday, thoughts of floating fish in the water on arrival back home worried me a little.
**Packaging and Using the Block**
I purchased the feeding block for £3.10 from the store. It came with a cardboard sleeve at the back with instructions on how to use the block. The block itself was attached in a transparent plastic pocket on the front. The block itself is 28g, it's a dense white cut off pyramid shape.
It easily came detached from the plastic, I placed the block in the tank as directed and it immediately started letting out little bubbles as it sunk it's way to the bottom. It kept letting out little bubbles throughout.
The fishes seem intrigued at the new item in their tank and kept swimming close to it.
Well it's hard to know really. I didn't feed the fish throughout the week the block was in and noticed them nibbling the sides of the block. By the end of the week there was still a fair chunk left of the block but it had very obviously been nibbled or dispersed itself into the water. The water wasn't cloudy and as it should be and there was a normal amount of fish poo when I cleaned the tank.
I think the block would have gone on for longer if I'd let it. I've since used the block twice while away on holidays - re-assured by my test run. It always comes out the same, partly worn with no clouding.
Here's the ingredients taken from the Tesco website:
Minerals, Cereals, Derivatives of Vegetable Origin, Vitamins, Contains EU Permitted Antioxidants and Preservatives.
**Availability and Cost**
The Aquarian Holiday Feeding Block is widely available, I usually purchase a local fish specialist, but it's also available in some larger Tesco stores and Pets at Home. Also seen on Ebay for around the £3.00 mark.
Definitely recommended, it's really useful for trips away. As long as you have a nice big tank to accommodate it, you can rest assured that your fish will be fed.
As I've mentioned before in my reviews, we enjoy going camping every summer and of course the fish can't really come with us when we go, so we have to find some way to keep them fed and healthy until we come back. We tried leaving them in the 'capable' hands of my cousin, who assured us she would do her best to look after them, but when we got back the food pot hadn't even been touched and half the fish had died. Clearly, she hadn't fed them in the 3 weeks we were away. We decided not to try that route again.
The next time we went away, we decided to just put in a food block that would slowly disperse the food into the tank for the fish, and thus keep them alive and healthy for when we got back home. This time we were only going for a weekend, so we bought one of the weekend blocks, but we have since been away for a week on a couple of occasions and these holiday blocks seemed to keep the fish well every time we've used them.
They come in different sizes for different sized tanks, or for different lengths of time that you're away for, which I feel is very useful. I used to have 3 different fish tanks (one for tropical fish, one for coldwater and another one that we used essentially as a breeding tank for our corys, mostly, although we had a few young platys in there as well at one stage. We found that being able to use multiple sizes of tablets to feed each tank was very useful, as overfeeding could have resulted in a filthy tank when we got back, and under feeding would've meant that half the population of fish keeled over again. Thankfully, this didn't happen because we were able to use the correct product for each tank.
I honestly did expect the water in each tank to be a bit cloudy when we returned the first time, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was no more cloudy than it had been when I left. I feel that this is a sign of a good product, given that you would expect the idea of food floating around in water to create a bit of a cloudy mess. I knew after the first time of using this though that I would be using it again simply from this factor alone.
In my opinion, this product certainly works well for a number of different types of fish, and means that they are in safe hands as you don't have to worry about over or under feeding while you're away. I think I typically have paid about £2.50 for a block which would last my tank a week, so that's not bad either. I know this is more expensive than food for a week for them would normally be, but what can you expect? I'd rather return to healthy and happy looking fish than dead ones.
We have had a tropical fish tank for almost a year now and in that time we have only been away from home on two occasions. On the first occasion we asked a family member to come in and feed the fish however I didn't feel that they'd been in regularly enough after looking at the food pot when I came home so when we were going away for our wedding anniversary recently and I spotted this feeding block I promptly snapped one up! I cannot remember exactly what I paid for this but I remember it to be around the £2.50 mark as I remember it being half the price of the tropical fish food that we purchased at the same time and felt this was expensive for a one week feeding block BUT not expensive compared to replacing fish that had died because they were malnourished or hungry.
Our tropical fish are fed twice a day, several flakes per fish and any uneaten flakes are removed after two minutes where possible to prevent over-feeding and pollution of the water. Obviously when we are away from home it is a little difficult to ensure that our fish are fed promptly and in the manner that they're used to. Our fish are fed a combination of flakes, pellets and bloodworms to keep their diet varied and keep them in tip top condition wherever possible.
The concept of this particular feeding block is simple. Drop it in to your fish tank, it will begin to let off a fine stream of bubbles and then within a few hours it will start to release food pellets that will allow your fish to be kept with a regular supply of food while you are away from home. This block will apparently last 7-10 days and feed up to 20 fish in a 40 litre tank. As our tank is 30 litres and contains around 12 fish, my review will be based on my experiencing of using this in a hard water area (Which can apparently make the block dissolve faster).
When we went away for our anniversary we left on Sunday morning and came home on Wednesday evening, however we placed our feeding block in to our tank on Saturday morning to ensure the fish were fed while we were both at work all day and that we could then see it in use. Also, when we came home from our anniversary trip we did not remove the block and instead we left it to finish dissolving which happened around Tuesday of the following week meaning our block did last the 10 days, however on the 10th day and the 1st day we did put a small amount of food in our tank to ensure that our fish were fed properly while it was starting up/dying down.
As soon as we placed this feeding block in our tank we did notice a small stream of bubbles. We regularly looked in on our fish (as we always do anyway) and both my husband and I saw lots of little bubbles coming off of this and initially we worried that it would dissolve very fast in our hard water and that our fish would be starving and potentially die while we were away, however, by the time we left on Sunday we knew that this was working effectively as our fish were not at the surface of the water waiting for food but were instead trying to suck on the dissolving block to try and get extra food to be removed faster.
The water within our tank did not suffer from us using this and when we returned home on the Wednesday and looked in our tank we could still see a fairly reasonable sized block but now there were lots of little holes where the pellets had been released instead of this being a pyramid shape. Our fish were still attacking this regularly when we got home so they had obviously been getting fed and realised that there was a source of food for them right at the bottom of their tank. There was no noticeable rubbish within our fish tank that wouldn't normally be there (fish pooh and plant debris) so this was a positive too.
In all it is fair to say that we were very surprised with the results of this feeding block and it is this particular brand which I will seek out next time we are going away. As soon as we saw this block in use we felt confident that this block would work effectively and when we returned home we were thrilled to find all our fish healthy and their tank still looking quite clean too. There is a hidden chamber within this feeding block that releases an algae block in the centre but unfortunately we didn't actually catch the moment when ours released, however judging from how this looked when it was finally finished with it is fair to say that the block was released as there was nothing left of this block and the dis-solvable part.
This feeding block did wonders for our fish and helped us keep them safe and well fed while we were away celebrating our anniversary. The price of this initially seemed a little expensive to me but I'd happily pay twice the amount for the peace of mind that this feeding block offered. Our fish stayed healthy and several weeks down the line they're all still happy and healthy (touch wood!). I would definitely recommend this if you're looking to keep your fish fed and happy while you're away from home. It is convenient, simple to use and works fantastically too. 5/5 from me!
Everybody that owns fish will know the difficulty that can arise when you need someone to look after your fish when you are going to be away from home for a few days. Now you can worry no more as the Aquarian Holiday Feeding Block does exactly what is says on the tin!
The first time my family used one of these blocks we were going away for an extended weekend as I was really worried that it would not work. Upon returning I was extremely pleased with the way the product had kept our fish happy and healthy!
The feeding block can normally be purchased from most good aquarium shops and it is available in different sizes depending on how long you are going to be away for.
The block is simply placed on the bottom of the tank before you leave. Over the time specified on the packet the block dissolves in the water allowing your fish to get its vital nutrients.
What is more the cost of one of these blocks is much cheaper than the automatic fish feeders available on the market - It is also probably more reliable!
As long as you follow the included instructions then this product really will reduce the pre-holiday stress a bit more!
Having used the Aquarian Holiday Feeding Blocks in our fish tank I have to say that these types of products do have their uses but should always be used with caution. This little pyramid shaped feeding block begins to break down and release its goodies into your fish tank within hours of being placed there. It can feed your fish for up to 7 days and should be used according to the instructions you get with the product.
The Aquarian Holiday Feeding Block can have its benefits, as when you are away, if gone for more than 10 days to 2 weeks then feeding your fishy friends may become an issue. However we have found that our fish can go quite happily for 10 days or so without feeding, so we have only used these blocks on occasions when there really was no other option.
The small pyramid shaped Aquarian Holiday Feeding Blocks are relatively cheap to buy and can even be found in some of the larger supermarkets. In terms of price we have paid no more than £2.60 to £2.99 per block. The product comes simply packed in a clear fronted pack and the back of the product pack gives clear and precise instructions as to how the feeding block works.
Once placed into the fish tank the block begins to activate and the small food particles/ capsules begin to be released within hours of the first day of the block being in the water. After that the block continues to dissolve and throw out its contents until midway in the cycle at 2 to 3 days it releases spirulina algae into the water. This is an added bonus of the block as the algae is full of nutrients for your fish.
Problems that can arise with the use of these blocks can be that the over all water quality may be badly effected and unbalanced by using them. We have come back to some rather sorry looking fish swimming about in slightly cloudy and unhealthy looking water twice when using these feeding blocks before.
Whilst this has not happened every time we have used these holiday feeding blocks, we have since decided that its best to leave our fish unfed for a few days rather than use these for times when our fish can manage for a few days without food. Of course if going away for longer periods then feeding is an issue and thats when we have continued to use these blocks. Having had some issues as mentioned above, we would only recommend them with reservations.
To sum up the Aquarian Holiday Feeding Blocks I have to say that they can be of use, but do need to be used with caution. They should not be used for short stays away when your fish will be perfectly fine without food for a few days. They shouldn't be used in very small tanks as they can upset the balance of the eco system in the tank with nasty results.
When is use, we have found these blocks can and do some times interfere with the balance of fish tanks, which can be harmful. They do have their uses and can work if used carefully in a large enough tank. Never use them in small glass bowl type fish tanks as they will certainly be too concentrated for that. With every thing taken into consideration I feel that the feeding blocks should only get a 3 star rating and I would only recommend them with caution.
We quite recently bought a tropical fish tank for our house, we normally feed the fish once a day with fish flakes and then a tablet for of food for the fish that feed off of the bottom of the tank, however when we are on holiday obviously the fish still need feeding but it is not always possible to get somebody to come into our house each day just to feed them. When in our local fish centre I noticed n osale Aquarian Holiday Fish Feeding Block, the answer to all of our problems. Our tropical fish could still be fed without the inconvenience of someone having to come and feel them everyday whilst we are on holiday.
The feeding block comes attached to a rectangle card, held in place with a plastic cover pulled very tightly over the block. The card is mainly blue in colour with a picture of 2 tropical fish and a gold fish on it. At the top of the car are the words Aquarian Holiday Fish Feeding Block written in while lettering. On the back of the card is various information about the feeding block and directions of use, I will describe these later.
The block is suitable for both salt water/ tropical and fresh water fish and is designed to last up to 7 days, meaning that your fish will be fed for 7 days whilst you are on holiday from one block. The block is white in colour and consists of a soluble outer shell which contains a secret chamber filled with spirulina algae. The soluble shell will gradually dissolve over the 7 days releasing food into your tank for the fish to eat. The food which is released is a complete food diet for fish so you can leave your fish with one of these blocks knowing they are going to be getting a well balanced diet whilst you are away.
The block we bought cost £2.99 which personally I feel is very good value for money as you are getting a whole weeks worth of food for you fish.
How to Use
The Aquarian Holiday Feeding Block is so simple to use, you literally remove It from its card and packaging and simply drop it into the fish tank ensuring it lands on the bottom of the tank. You then just leave it to gradually dissolve over 7 days and do its think.
We have used these blocks a couple of times, and my dad who also has a tropical fish tanks has used them on many occasions and so far we have been very impressed with them. The blocks really do exactly what they say they do. When we first used one of the Holiday Feeding Blocks I was a little worried that the fish would not get enough food and that the block would either dissolve too quickly meaning they would have no food by the end of the week, or that it would not dissolve quick enough and they would have no food at all. However I need not worry, we left our fish for a week with a block placed on the floor of their tank (this caused a lot of interest) when we returned the fish where absolutely fine and fit and healthy, I was also surprised to see that although the block has decreased in size by a huge amount as it had dissolved there was still a little bit of it left. I think that the block could even last 8 or 9 days, however I would not want to risk this incase all of the nutrients had gone from the block and all that was left was mainly the outer shell.
One thing I particularly liked about the block was that as it dissolved it did not leave the water in the tank cloudy and dirty, if you put too much of some foods in your tank the water tends not to look as clear as it should. I was worried that this would be the case after leaving the feeding block in the tank for 7 days, however when we returned the water looked clean and clear just as we left it.
Overall we were very impressed with the Auqaian Holiday Feeding Block. I proved to last 7 days as stated, although I think it would have lasted an extra day or 2. Our fish had no ill effects from being left all week with the feeding block as their source of food, they appeared to be just as healthy as when we left them. I would definitely use the Auqarian Holiday Fish Feeding block in the future, they are so convenient and you can go on holiday without having to worry about getting someone to feed your fish for you. I recommend anyone with a tank whether it fresh water or tropical to use these blocks when they go on holiday, you can leave your fish in confidence that they will be well fed by the feeding block.
Does what it says and really does last 7 days
Keeps your fish well fed with a complete diet
Does not make the water cloudy or dirty
Cheap to buy
we use the aquarian holiday feeding blocks with my moms fish when she goes on holiday each year, wholst she is away for two weeks i get the job of looking after her cat and her fish, now coming from a house that is full of animals you wouldnt think it would be too hard to remember to feed her fish but i always end up forgetting them at some point inbetween rushing around to get everything done with our animals and sorting the children out aswell as work so i decided that last october and this whit week when she went away i would just spend £2.43p on one of these feeding blocks for each week which meant i didnt have to remember the fish as there light was on a timer.
You can buy these feeding blocks from tesco or asda, they are very easy to use all you need to do is take it out of the packaging and put it in the tank, it will sink to the bottom and job done.
It is a 28g block that is white in colour and will feed an average sized tank, about 40 liters for 7 days by slowly disolving to release the food, in the middle of this block there is a chamber containing algae as a special treat but have never noticed anything different but cant say that i have realy looked.
This feeding block is suitable for cold water fish, tropical and marine and for such a cheap price it is peace of mind to know i wont have neglected moms poor fish.
When I go on my jollies, I dont want to leave my fish without food, nor do I want to leave them to the less than tender administrations of eldest son.
So, whether it be a weekend or longer period of time, I usually buy these holiday feeding blocks, and then off I go, safe in the knowledge that they will be fed.
~~What is it?~~
This is basically a kind of pyramid shape white block of slow release fish food. It apparently contains all the feeding stuff for coldwater, tropical and marine aquarium fish heres me thinking they all needed different kinds of food!
It has a secret chamber and half way through the allotted time (at about day 4), the fish are in for a special treat because the secret chamber will open up and a spirulina algae cube is released for a midweek treat- my only wish is that I was around to see this!!
~~Who/What is it for?~~
This will feed 20 average sized fish (what IS average?) in a 40 litre tank for 7-10 days.
~~How do I use it?~~
Break open the plastic covering, take the block out and place it into the fish tank. I just kind of release it and it floats nicely before settling on the bottom.
Remember not to leave it in the direct flow of the water filter or it will dissolve too quickly, and dont put it into bowls without filtration and aeration because it needs water circulation to work effectively.
As soon as it is in the water I know that there is food being released because there are little holes which appear in the block, and then it looks like a stream of water bubbles rising to the top. Combine this with the fact that the fish suddenly have a surge of life and start swimming madly about, and I assume (rightly I think) that the food is on its way out of the block. I think it does this because the food pellets inside the block swell, and this causes them to burst out of the block.
~~Price and Availability~~
RRP is £2.99, and its available form major supermarkets and pet shops. This is quite good value for something which lasts for almost a fortnight, but its still obviously cheaper to get someone in to feed the fish
~~Made By ~~
Aquarian, Middlesex. UB2
~~What I think of it~~
I obviously approve, because every time we go away, I leave the fish with one of these size dependent on length of time away.
I cant comment on the special midweek treat, but think that even if I were at home and saw it happening, I wouldnt be able to comment because its a fishy treat.
All said, for anyone going away, this is a convenient, reasonably priced way to ensure your fish wont be floating on your return. My fish (12 in total, but some are VERY small) are always healthy looking when I return, and I am almost certain that they havent missed me!!
A handy way to ensure the needs of your fish are met when you are on your jollies.
Thanks for reading.
Feeding Block with a secret chamber containing Spirulina Algae will feed an average size tank for 7 days.