A common problem encountered by hobbyists is how to feed their fish while they are away on holidays. There are many solutions to this problem, including; getting a friend to feed the fish, purchasing an automated feeding system, buying slow-release feeders etc. In the past, slow-release feeding blocks have been my preferred choice, however, in recent years I have adopted a less-used option; not feeding the fish at all. Obviously, this has limitations and will not work with holidays over two weeks long. However, for holidays lasting two-weeks or less, this is a viable option. Fish have a remarkable ability to go long periods without food and it pays to remember that fish do not feed every day in the wild. On holidays of seven days or less I almost always use this method. On holidays of two weeks or less I may get someone to feed them once or twice, depending on the type of fish. Smaller fish require more frequent feeding than larger fish. I would not hesitate to leave a large cichlid without food for two weeks, however, a tetra may die in that time. The main benefit of not feeding fish while away is that; not feeding the fish prevents the water from being fooled due to overfeeding. If you do get someone to feed your fish, place the amount of food you would normally feed in a small zip lock bag and number them for every day you want that person to feed your fish. This will prevent overfeeding.