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post #11 of 14 Old 11-11-2012, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hello friends,

Thank you for the advice I will look for gel feeder and also change the water before leaving and after I get back. I will get a few floating plants too. Both filter and heater are connected to a large UPS I used to secure my home network.

Why are hungry fish healthy fish? Ive been told when I am hungry I become a real pain in the ***.

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post #12 of 14 Old 11-11-2012, 11:43 AM
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Fish will instinctively eat if food is present, since they are programmed to take advantage; food in the wild is not always readily available and they have to find it and hunt it down in some manner. They are not likely to "overeat" because they are using a lot of the energy just finding the food and there is not usually an abundance. Being opportunistic feeders, they eat if they have it.

You know what happens if you over-indulge, and afterwards you will not be in the best of health. The fish should naturally be "hungry" in order to maintain proper health.

In the aquarium we also have the problem of waste; the more food eaten the greater the waste and this rapidly deterioriates the water quality in a closed system.

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I'll just extend to what Byron wrote about fish being programmed to eat whenever food is available... Most often when fish do not eat, they are not healthy for some reason. Not to start a panic here as at times, some fish can be picky about food offerings...buy usually a fish with a good appetite is a healthy fish...and one that isn't eating, just might be in trouble.

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post #14 of 14 Old 11-12-2012, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the information I now know why a hungry fish is a happy fish!

I have an different opinion about resource scarcity and abundance, natural selection and adaption in nature that will be left for another discussion.

I bought some weekly gel feeders yesterday and plan to acquire some floating plants based on your sound advice.

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