Well, I know there are already a lot of different opinions on how much to feed, what to feed and even when to feed. If I start from the novice perspective (which is where I am at) I started with the simple flake food. Actually the "crisp" version of that. I have Tetra Color crisps for tropical fish. It says to feed 1 crisp per inch of fish 2 to 3 times a day. This as a general guideline for feeding. I have also read "no more then your fish can consume in 3 minutes."
I don't know if I just have hungrier fish then most folks but My fish will consume about 5 times the recommended amount in a minute and then look at me like "what is next?" I feel like I am not feeding them nearly enough. I feed 2 times a day but on occasion have slipped them a snack when they are all staring at me with those hungry little eyes.
Now that I have the Black Red tail shark, I am dropping in a few Shrimp pellets as well. As directed you are supposed to only drop in 2-3 pellets for the shark. Problem is, my other fish are nabbing them up as quick as I put them in. I am tossing in about 15 pellets instead and wondering if the poor shark is getting enough. He is doing well and seems nice and round, not sunk in or anything that I can tell. Shark is still a little camera shy but I am working on getting a picture of him. He is already a fairly big shark. Must be close to full grown since it says 5 inches is full grown.
What other natural foods can I feed, or should I feed? I know that plecos like veggies and such, what about Barbs, Gourami and Sharks? I also have 2 little Otto's but I think the get enough with cleaning plants, rocks and glass in the aquarium. I do have algae wafers too but I have not had to add any to the tank. Will the shark eat algae wafers? Would it like cucumbers or zucchini?
Anyone else's fish starving to death or is it just mine? I guess I would rather make certain they are getting enough to eat and clean the water more often then to think of them in there hungry. Honestly though, they don't seem to waste much at all other then the dust left over from the frenzy of them eating.