How much do I feed them?

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Postby andrewcollier » 2007-08-15 14:15

I have been feeding my fish two or three times a day a small pinch, several times till they lose interest. I observe their behaviour and make sure they all have a chance of a feed with some reaching the bottom for the bottom feeders. I also give a pinch of catfish pellets.

At present I am using Wilco flake and have some King British as a follow on when the Wilco is finished.

Does any body have any advice if I am doing it the right way.

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Postby KittyKat » 2007-08-15 16:40

Hey Andrew, sounds like you're making a good job of it!

Assuming you've got "common" community fish...
I would recommend feeding slightly less (limit feeding time to 1min, less if that's what you're getting now) and feeding live foods (i.e. live, frozen, jellied, freeze dried) once or twice a week as well as some form of veggie (classic example would be boiled peas, de-skinned and the insides crushed between fingers before you feed them). This will provide your fish with a more varied diet, thus meaning that they will probably be healthier :)

If you're feeling more adventurous, why not try making beef heart mix or your own mix of vegies? Let me know if you're interested in potential recipes!
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Postby andrewcollier » 2007-10-29 18:34

I would be interested in your recipies.

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Postby KittyKat » 2007-10-29 18:52

The one I tried last was as follows:

Take half a beef heart and cut away everything that is not meat (i.e. veins, fat).
Peel four garlic cloves.
Cut the stalk-end off a courgette.
Place all the above in a blender and blend till fine then freeze in whatever form you want. (I froze thin "sheets" in zip lock bags and "sausages" in cling film.)

Although I left it at that, I would actually recommend that you make up some plain gelatin and make the above into a jelly before freezing: this prevents larger fish from making one big mess of their dinner!

You can also try adding the following to the mix:
- Carrots, peas and other vegetables
- Vitamins
- Baby food
- Other typed of meat (ex. fish, prawns, brine shrimp)

Basically, make it up to be as varied as you want to and to suit the fish you have :)
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-11-07 19:37

Kat's Beefheart mix is great by the way, I snaffle some for my fish, (even the axies get fed some) and they LOVE it.

I personally feed my fish once every two days, but then they get a variety of foods.
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Re: How much do I feed them?

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