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post #11 of 14 Old 01-11-2013, 05:23 PM
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If any group of tetra is not grabbing the flakes either on the surface, or as they fall, I would not add more. Flakes settling on the bottom are just going to decompose, fungus, and add more ammonia to the tank. Few if any characins (there are some) will feed off the bottom.

On the feeding, fish frequently don't feed for perhaps several days. After all, moving to a new environment is a major upheaval in their life, much more than most of us can even begin to imagine. The differences in water chemistry will be very significant to a fish, and this affects their internal metabolism a lot.

Re the spitting out, it is difficult to say, but more usually the fish is actually biting off tidbits; especially if they repeatedly grab the food, spit it out, grab it again, etc. This is normal feeding for many fish, esp characins (tetra, pencils, hatchets).

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post #12 of 14 Old 01-11-2013, 07:04 PM
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Altho what Byron has said is completely true i can counter by saying my entire shoal of 35 neons do actually scavenge from the bottom of the tank, as do my gouramis, congo tetras and rummynose tetras. It also helps that my CRS do a cgreat job of munching the excess!

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post #13 of 14 Old 01-11-2013, 07:53 PM
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I bought a sinking pellet for medium fish (first fish food buy in any quantity.... sticker shock still wearing off) and I crush it up in a mortar and pestle until it is a uniform sand grain size. It sinks slower than the pellets, some stays on the top, not much, and is a great size for my small fish. I happen to have a tall tank so it takes some time to hit bottom and they swoosh in and snag the particles but they also pick off the bottom all day long. The Betta eats off the top too snooty bugger.

I unplug the filter first too and wait until everything settles before plugging it back in.

Oh, barbs, not tetras... but aren't little fish all just little fish?

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post #14 of 14 Old 01-11-2013, 08:43 PM
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Altho what Byron has said is completely true i can counter by saying my entire shoal of 35 neons do actually scavenge from the bottom of the tank, as do my gouramis, congo tetras and rummynose tetras. It also helps that my CRS do a cgreat job of munching the excess!
True, but more likely to occur with settled fish. New fish that are still settling in and that ignore moving food in the water are less likely to feed from what sinks.

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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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