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post #1 of 26 Old 08-31-2010, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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fishfood damaging to plant leaves?

Anyone else notice that when you put fish food in and some settles on the leaves of your plants it makes them look kind of yucky? The fish food often gets stuck in my floating Pennywort and settles on my Java moss and swords. The moss looks "fuzzy" after awhile and the swords has almost a gritty look to the leaves where the food settled. Though my fish always seem to be looking for food, the sometimes miss food on the plant leaves for awhile.

I fed the tropical crisps today and I have that problem again. I have to feed enough that some gets down to my rainbow shark, Oto's and snails but I wish I could figure out a system so it didn't settle on my plants. Am I over thinking this again? Does it matter if fish food gets on the plants? I understood that food acts as a fertilizer for the plants as well, true?
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post #2 of 26 Old 08-31-2010, 12:10 PM
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I have to feed enough that some gets down to my rainbow shark, Oto's and snails but I wish I could figure out a system so it didn't settle on my plants. Am I over thinking this again?
there are plenty of foods available designed for bottom feeders, which sink in water. I usually try to distract my tetras with some floating food when i put sinking foods in, so it gets to my corys and otos.

I use a little plactic pipette to put frozen bloodworms onto the bottom of the tank for my corys and rams because if i didn't the tetras would get most of them. this way i can avoid them settling on the plants too. dried foods prepared in a little water could also be pipetted onto the bottom in the same way

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Does it matter if fish food gets on the plants? I understood that food acts as a fertilizer for the plants as well, true?
uneaten food will decay and produce ammonia, which is necessary for plant growth. Too much uneaten food is not good as will produce an excess of ammonia. as your tank is planted, this unlikly to be a major problem
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post #3 of 26 Old 08-31-2010, 12:29 PM
Well honestly I wouldn't feed flakes. They crap up the water wonderfully. I feed them to my endlers when I get stuck with them, some brands I just chuck in the garbage. Pellets are what I perfer. Either way it seems to me like you might be over feeding or need to target feed better. My tanks are densely planted and if fish don't eat it, fry, shrimps, and snails will.

I've never noticed my pellets harming the plants, even floating plants like pennywort. Uneaten food will certainly act as a fertilizer after it breaks down, if its not consumed by the filter first.

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I use a little plactic pipette to put frozen bloodworms onto the bottom of the tank for my corys and rams because if i didn't the tetras would get most of them. this way i can avoid them settling on the plants too. dried foods prepared in a little water could also be pipetted onto the bottom in the same way
I also use the plastic pipettes, and in my larger tanks I use a turkey baster in order to "lay" the food on the bottom.

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post #5 of 26 Old 08-31-2010, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Plastic Pipette? Is that a syringe? I am not chucking out the $30.00 some odd dollars of food that I have but I will look into Pipettes for feeding the bottom guys. Honestly though, My top feeders are not proud, they feed off the bottom and off the plants as well. They just get first dibs of the floating foods on top of it. For some reason the Java moss keeps them away unless I let them go without a meal then they make their way over to clean up the moss area. I do have enough plants in my tank that no matter how carefully I try to place the food, some will land on the plants. Maybe not with the Pipettes/turkey baster idea, I will have to look for a Turkey Baster next time I go to Bed Bath and Beyond.

I fear that having offered my fish some of the other options for food, they have become a little fussy. I bought them some freeze dried blood worms which they gobbled down like crazy. Then I noticed it said "soak before feeding" so I did that and they don't seem to care for them as much. I purchased some Krill for them and they don't seem to be able to eat that. They get little bits off, I think but the bulk of it I have to net out again later. I got them some Sinking Shrimp Pellets and they seem to let those sit until they get soggy and make a mess. I got them some dried Brine shrimp and I am honestly not sure if they eat that well either. They used to gobble up the crisps and they didn't leave much no matter how much I dumped in there but now, not so much. I think giving them options has caused problems but maybe I am again over thinking?
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post #6 of 26 Old 08-31-2010, 02:31 PM
Use different foods both sinking and floating.

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
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Use different foods both sinking and floating.

Those are different foods. The Shrimp pellets sink, so do some of the Krill while some float. I am going to look into getting some crumbles but honestly, I have enough food right now to feed my current fish for a couple years. I just wanted to try them with a couple of options. lol
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post #8 of 26 Old 09-01-2010, 02:28 AM
couple of years 0.0 woah food hoarder.. if i have a shortage i'm calling you =)

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #9 of 26 Old 09-02-2010, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah sadly, I am sort of obsessive compulsive about supplies. I also usually buy a few hundred pounds of dog food at a time. One never knows when you might not be able to get to the store. lol
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post #10 of 26 Old 09-09-2010, 12:39 PM
lol dont dog food have shelf life? wont it get less fresh if you hoard them for a long time?

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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