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post #1 of 9 Old 06-28-2012, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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Question Feeding how much is too much

Confused on feeding amount the amount I feed is gone in less than two minutes and I feed twice a day. I think maybe that is too little but fish look good all eat........
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-28-2012, 07:14 AM
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That's plenty.

All the food you put in should be gone in about two minutes. If it lasts longer, they're getting too much. Almost all fish will eat whatever they can whenever they can, because in the wild they never know when their next meal will come.

Fry need to be fed more often, but adult fish can do well on even just a single feeding a day, conversly they can also go a week with nothing at all and thus why vacation feeders are generally not needed.
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 10:57 AM
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Yes, it is generally best to not overfeed. In most cases, a hungry fish is a healthy fish. The fish's physiology can "overwork" just as ours can the more we eat. Mature healthy fish only need one feeding a day, and missing a day or two every week is fine. Water change day is a good one to skip feeding, since fish should never be fed before any tank disturbance.

A very few fish may need food more often, but these are basically the small "dwarf" species and they can usually find additional live foods especially in a well-planted tank (another benefit of plants) once it is established. And fry need more frequent feedings to ensure they receive sufficient nutrition to develop properly.

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post #5 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks I wondered about water change days. THanks alot I appreciate your feedback alot. I am trying to find the spotted driftwood catfish. I can find info on them but no prices or people selling. They are so neat looking. thanks again
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 06:51 PM
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Thanks I wondered about water change days. THanks alot I appreciate your feedback alot. I am trying to find the spotted driftwood catfish. I can find info on them but no prices or people selling. They are so neat looking. thanks again
You have read the profile, and realize what you're getting (if you get them)?

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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yes i haveread up on them and not sure i am going to get one just trying to educate myself on my fish before i buy and regret after. But i have never found a price on one. What do the run $$wise
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 07:22 PM
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yes i haveread up on them and not sure i am going to get one just trying to educate myself on my fish before i buy and regret after. But i have never found a price on one. What do the run $$wise
Varies, but where I am they are expensive. My previous comment was aimed at the fact that this is a fish you never see, ever. I have had mine for over 3 years so far, but unless i was flush with excess money I doubt I would get them again. They can be fin nippers too, something I hadn't realized until recently when some of my Hyphessobrycon began losing half their tails and it was suggested the woodcats were likely responsible.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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i really appreciate the heads up. That will not be a fish for me then
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