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Food Hogs starving out the other fish
Old 06-25-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
 
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Question Food Hogs starving out the other fish

Here is my tank setup. The tank is 40gl. I have three gouramies that swim around the upper water level, and 2 tiger barbs, and two rainbow sharks that stay around the lower water level. Whenever I feed my fish (flakes), the gouramies at the top are eating all the flakes before they can sink down to the lower level fish, I'm afraid the barbs and sharks aren't getting enough to eat.
Any advice? Am I not putting in enough food? Is there a type of food that sinks that I could put in after the flakes so that the lower level fish get something to eat?
Thanks for any tips!
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:57 PM   #2
 
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Try the two-handed method. Take a pinch of flake in each hand. On one side of the tank place the flake at the surface where the gouramis have gathered. At the same time on the other side place the flake under the surface of the water so it will quickly float down to the lower levels.The idea is to hopefully distract the gouramis at one end of the tank while the flake floats down on the other side giving the other fish a chance to snag it. You could also look for a sinking pellet. Pre-soak the pellets in a cup of tank water for a few minutes to soften them up before you feed and use the same method of dispensing it at both ends of the tank. Good luck!
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:19 AM   #3
 
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this worked like a charm, everyone got breakfast this morning. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:33 PM   #4
 
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Good to hear it worked out for you.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:01 AM   #5
 
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Here is my tank setup. The tank is 40gl. I have three gouramies that swim around the upper water level, and 2 tiger barbs, and two rainbow sharks that stay around the lower water level. Whenever I feed my fish (flakes), the gouramies at the top are eating all the flakes before they can sink down to the lower level fish, I'm afraid the barbs and sharks aren't getting enough to eat.
Any advice? Am I not putting in enough food? Is there a type of food that sinks that I could put in after the flakes so that the lower level fish get something to eat?
Thanks for any tips!

You may want to add some more tiger barbs, they behave a lot better in larger groups. I didn't have any problem with 5, but I'd still recommend more. The profile says 8+. I'm also worried about having two rainbow sharks, but I suppose if they're getting along fine so far, maybe it won't be a problem. They get aggressive as they get older. The lovely people at my LFS sold me 3 together without telling me about their aggression so they tore apart one overnight. I took out what I thought was the aggressive one, but no matter what combination I put them in the tank or how I rotated them about, they did NOT get along at all. I had to take two of them back, and eventually rehomed them because I also realized, contrary to what the LFS advised me, my tank was not big enough for the fish.
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:44 PM   #6
 
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well you were right about both fish, one of the sharks started picking on the barbs and the other shark. namely not letting them eat i think. i ended up with two dead barbs, and a dead albino shark. i got 4 more barbs for a total of 5, and they seem to be doing much better. Thanks again for all the tips.
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