I am thinking of hiring a petsitter to check in on Biddle and Spike and the cats etc. But I read with interest someone here left live clams etc. How long were you gone? I had thought about collecting massive amounts of snails for the 6 days we will be gone and having my son check in on them but I'm a little worried on letting any one feed as I'm afraid even with specific directions, the snails may be a safer alternative. Any thoughts? We went collecting yesterday and found massive amounts of the type I know all my octos love. I put 20 in Biddle's tank just to see how long they last him. The snails do just fine and there is no die out so I'm thinking this may be the way to go.