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I bought a new fish and a new tank all at once, now what?
Old 10-12-2013, 05:47 PM   #51
 
i feed my fish once sometimes twice a day small amounts. and verying foods, from blood worms, tetra color plus flake, and hikari brine shrimp as a treat. some days they go without a feeding which is fine. i dont feed before or after water changes. its a waste of food.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:07 AM   #52
 
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I feed my fish only once a day, and I usually skip a feeding or two a week, but that depends on the tank. You'll find a way that works for yours - the most important part for you right now is to feed very lightly. Your tank still isn't fully cycled, so you want to keep the water as clean as possible. Less food = less waste = cleaner water. When my tank was cycling, I fed every other day.

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Old 10-13-2013, 11:11 AM   #53
 
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I feed my fish only once a day, and I usually skip a feeding or two a week, but that depends on the tank. You'll find a way that works for yours - the most important part for you right now is to feed very lightly. Your tank still isn't fully cycled, so you want to keep the water as clean as possible. Less food = less waste = cleaner water. When my tank was cycling, I fed every other day.

For more information on these fish, you can check out our profiles. . .

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Or look through some threads in the Livebearer area here.
Hope this helps?

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They are fighting a bit.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:05 AM   #54
 
I wouldn't say your local pet stores are anymore honest than the big chain stores. I recently was given a 55 gallon tank. I had set it up, but had not put any fish in it yet. I was at a local pet store looking to see what they had. in the process of talking to the owner, cycling the tank had come up, and she told me she didn't care what i read on line, you only need to have it set up 2 to 3 days and then you can stock it. After she convinced me of this, i went ahead and got some fish (without really researching what was compatible together) and took her word on what fish would be good tank mates. (my first time doing a community type tank) She ended up selling me 2 angel fish, a male beta and a plecostomus. after getting them in the tank, i began googling the fish to better be able to take care of them, and discovered the beta and angels are not really compatible. fortunately so far, the angels and the beta seem to be pretty non aggressive towards each other. the beta nipped at them for the first 3 or 4 hours, but now they seem to stay at the opposite and of the tank, even when i feed them. Any way, i guess my long winded point is, even localy owned and run pet shops will tell you what you want to hear as well just to get your money.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:02 AM   #55
 
Sad but true.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:11 AM   #56
 
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Many of those small stores are fighting to stay in business. Some can't afford to have people walk out empty handed.... Life is full of compromises.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:13 AM   #57
 
At a mall I go to, they have a store called "Underwater World" is that place any good?
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:59 AM   #58
 
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How much are they fighting? Do you have any hiding places in the tank for them?

I'm not familiar with that shop, I'm sorry. You can probably check Google for local reviews!

The most important part is that you do your own research, so that you're ready to make an informed decision before you even get to the shop. Not everyone who works in a fish shop knows very much about caring for them. . .
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:06 AM   #59
 
One is constantly chasing the other. They seem a bit calmer today though.
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