01-01-2013, 12:00 PM
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Fry require multiple feedings each day as they are growing/developing fast. But mature fish of most species can manage with one or less. And one must remember than in an established planted tank there will be quite a lot of live food invisible to us but the fish will eat it.
I feed once daily, and miss one and sometimes two days each week; one miss is always the water change day as fish should not be fed prior to any disturbance in the tank.
I feed a variety of 4 types of food for the upper fish (flake and micro pellet) and 4 (different) types of sinking food for substrate fish. Presently I am using Omega One, Hikari and New Life Spectrum as my main brands, but I also use the Nutrafin sinking tablets (all the substrate fish just love these, so I use them). At least one of the four types, whether for upper or lower fish, should be veggie-based (algae/spirulina/kelp).
Frozen foods like bloodworms, other worms, brine shrimp and daphnia can be used as treats now and then. Worms should not be fed more than once or at most twice weekly. Live foods, esp in summer, like small ants, mosquito larvae, etc are good. And some natural vegetables like yams (very nutritious), certain squash, cucumber and greens, all blanched, are fine too provided sufficient prepared foods are being taken for the balanced nutrients.