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post #1 of 6 Old 10-28-2012, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
Advice on Feeding "Working" Fish

My planted tank is stocked with fish that are in there for a purpose. Dwarf loaches to eat the snails, Siamese Algae Eaters and American Flagfish to eat the algae. The only fish who don't have a purpose are the three honey gouramis. I don't want to overfeed them because I know it makes them lazy and they stop looking for food. It happened to my oto and now all he'll eat is cucumber (ignores algae!). Right now, I'm feeding everyone once a day, a high quality flake or pellet food with frozen foods a couple times a week. Is this enough or do they need to be fed more times a day? I know usually feeding several times a day is best but I just don't want them to stop eating the algae and snails. What does everyone think?

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-28-2012, 11:41 PM
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Once a day is fine. It's healthier for the fish to slightly underfeed than to overfeed them.

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-29-2012, 08:20 AM
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-29-2012, 09:57 AM
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Nobody I know,you know,ever lost fishes by feeding once a day (with exception of fry).

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post #5 of 6 Old 10-29-2012, 01:04 PM
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Likewise. Once a day, and then missing one or two days a week, will do no harm, and may actually benefit. I never feed on water changing day, as fish should not be fed prior to any disturbance in the tank. And on another day each week I normally am away most of the day when the tank lights are on, so no feeding then.

There are a very few fish that my benefit from more feedings; fry obviously, as 1077 mentioned, and perhaps the miniature fish, though my Boraras manage on the afore-mentioned schedule. But then, in planted tanks there is a ton of near-invisible food for fish, and they do eat it.


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post #6 of 6 Old 10-29-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
Thank you everyone, for the advice. Glad to know the fish are going to do all right on their feeding regimen. As long as they keep eating up that algae.
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