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Feeding new fish

Badmans Tropical Fish Message Center: Beginner freshwater : Feeding new fish


Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 07:48 pm
Hi, I'm having a little trouble determining if I am over or under feeding my fish. I have 2 Leopard Danios in a 12 gallon tank. They have been in there for 5 days. I have read I should only feed them as much as they can eat in about 5 minutes. I have been putting a little food in and watching them. They go right to the surface and eat. Then they start chasing each other (within seconds) and much of the food falls to the bottom. Later I will see them eating off the bottom of the tank. They seem healthy and are certainly very active! Anyone have thoughts for me?



Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 06:47 am
You need to use your own judgement. My mbuna are little pigs and if I gave them 5 minutes to eat they would bloat up like baloons. IMO sounds like you need to cut back to 2-3 minutes. It's hard for fish to starve as they can actually go days without food.


jeff s

Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 02:08 pm
hey aussie much as people think they feed their fish the right amount...most people overfeed without even thinking about it! as joyce mentioned each type of fish will require different amounts of food etc....those little danios don't need that much...a wee pinch twice a day is probable enough...IMO a hungry fish is a healthy fish...



Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 06:37 pm
Thanks guys. I'll stop feeling guilty about them starving. I have been doing pretty much what you say, just a tiny pinch twice a day, less than a flake. They don't seem to be suffering.


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