feeding too much?
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » Anabantids » feeding too much?

feeding too much?

This is a discussion on feeding too much? within the Anabantids forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> I have recently trained my favorite fish (the gourami) to eat out of my hand, he also hangs out in my hand after the ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Siamese Fighting Fish
Siamese Fighting Fish
Eyespot Gourami
Eyespot Gourami
Reply
Old 04-13-2012, 01:48 AM   #1
 
feeding too much?

I have recently trained my favorite fish (the gourami) to eat out of my hand, he also hangs out in my hand after the food's gone like my hand is his cave or something...which reminds me I wondered if they make some kind of floating roots or plants or caves made for the surface of the tank? I know the fish would love something like that... Anyway, I have been feeding the fish 2-4 times a day just flake food but they have big bellies and I am wondering if overfeeding them is deadly? I now know it can cause tank pollution so I've lessened the amount of food I give to them each time. But I just want to make sure each fish gets the proper amount of food and doesn't go hungry...they are well fed but is there a such thing as overfeeding them to the point where it could harm them? I don't want to do anything that would risk their health...they're part of my family.
FishEatOutOfMyHand is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
 
thekoimaiden's Avatar
 
Hand-feeding fish is a lot of fun. I've got my goldfish doing it and I'm working on the koi. As far as the dangers of overfeeding there are some. Overfeeding in bettas (basically cousin to your dwarf gourami) can lead to buoyancy problems. Overfeeding in goldfish (not nearly as closely related) causes GI bloat. You'll know when you are underfeeding your fish as their tummies will look sunken. Depending on how big the little round belly is, you might be overfeeding. You should just barely be able to see a bulge. Looking at the profiles of the gouramis (including dwarf gourami) here should give you an idea of a perfectly-fed gourami.


This is an overfed betta. If your little guys stomachs look anything like this, you should fast them for a few days.
thekoimaiden is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to thekoimaiden For This Useful Post:
FishEatOutOfMyHand (04-13-2012)
Old 04-18-2012, 03:54 PM   #3
 
Byron's Avatar
 
And to your question on surface decor, definitely get some floating plants with gourami. Water Sprite is ideal. Clcik the shaded name for the profile with photos. Some stem plants like Brazilian Pennywort also work floating.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2012, 07:46 PM   #4
 
Varkolak's Avatar
 
And also look into turtle logs a small one might be what your looking for they float and are hollow
Varkolak is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:40 AM.