*help* Feeding?

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Postby Adam » 2006-02-24 19:03

Right, I'm in a bit of a hurry. I need to feed my fish by 9PM. I got some new fish today, however, and don't know how much to feed them. (flakes)

2x Clown Loach
(about 1.5 - 2.0" length)
1x Angel (about 1" length max)

Help appreciated. ;)

-I already had 7 platies and feed them about 2 flakes each.
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Postby Kev » 2006-02-24 19:11

As a general rule you should be feeding as much as the fish can eat in 2 minutes.

What I suggest doing is just taking a pinch of flake and giving them that. Even if they only get a small amount they will be fine as monst Tropical Fish will be fine for around a week without food (not saying it should be like that though)

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Postby Adam » 2006-02-24 19:13

Thanks, that's helped. I'll go feed them now.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-02-24 19:25

That and Loaches of all kinds will pretty much eat anything - that's why they're such good cleaner fish.
Squish a few snails - If you like I can send you some of my physa snails?
If you have a small tank with no predators in, then they will breed like mad, and you will have a constant supply of small, easy to squish snails for your fish.
Even a plastic tank with just a bubble curtain should do the trick, as long as it's cycled.
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Postby hamburger » 2006-02-24 19:30

put a piece of cucumber in there the clown loaches love it. :cheers:
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Postby Sam » 2006-02-24 23:37

Adam!? Your tanks only had fish in for a week! :bmp: What you doing going out and getting clown loaches and angels!? :o
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Postby Mike@AmazonAquatics » 2006-03-18 18:28

IME, whilst it's usually quoted in books, the two minute rule can be a bit misleading... I mean a shoal of 20 healthy zebra danios will demolish an entire tub of food in 2 minutes, but a shy and reclusive dwarf cichlid will wait until you are out of sight before coming out to feed and if you wait 2 minutes it'll just stay in hiding, a nocturnal catfish or loach might not come out and feed at all until the light is switched off and you are in bed...

No easy answer here Adam, a lot of trial and error needed. Make sure you are feeding appropriate food for all your different fish and at times of day when they can get it before the others do. There are arguments for and against feeding the same food at the same time every day, personally I'm strongly in the vary the food and vary the time every day camp, but I admit it does mean you can sometimes forget.

A varied diet is definitely good for fish health (as with all animals including humans... people who live on fries everyday don't live very long), try small quantities of: cucumber (as someone suggested above), blanched lettuce, squashed prawns (without sauce), minced wafer thin ham, chopped earthworms, frozen blood worm, peeled tomatoes, zucchini, live food etc... if the fish don't eat it and it seems to be polluting the water take it out and syphon out any mess immediately. If they regularly turn their noses up at the food you offer them then (provided you are trying to feed them the right food for that species!) they are either spoilt, or overfed, or both - lots of pet fish are obese and unhealthy and fixated on single brand of dried food!

Underfeed rather than overfeed - which can be judged by how fast waste accumulates, if you do accidentally overfeed hoover it out with a syphon ASAP, and leave a day a week food free for the fish to clean the tank.

Keep an eye on all your fish. If a fish is underfed, or sick, it quickly wastes away and develops a 'hollow' belly, e.g. the belly looks shrunken and sucked in, in 90% of fish the belly should always look more or less flat, except for females with eggs (female guppies nearly always have a large bulge). Some experts argue fish should have concave bellies (slightly sucked in) as that is how most wild fish look, most wild fish being in a permanent state of semi-starvation (if you are a fisherman don't think of a typical carp as 'wild' as they are always overfed by all the fishermen using the lake!), personally I think flat or slightly convex (stuck out) is healthier, but definitely never great big obese bellies!
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