Originally Posted by SusanB
Thanks for that article Byron; it was very informative. I was hoping that I could do the hour in the morning and 8 hours in the evening, but I will just set the timer to come on around 2 pm and turn off at 10. That way I will get the most enjoyment out of seeing my fish and the plants will benefit.
I used to turn the light on in the morning, feed the fish, go to work and feed them again when I came home. Is it ok to feed the fish while the light is off? Or should I feed them when I get home from work and then again before I go to bed?
So much to learn about fish!
Except in the case of fry which need more regular feedings, you only need to feed the fish once per day. And you can skip a day, say the water change day; fish should never be fed before a disruption to their environment.
It is best to feed during daylight for the fish, i.e., when the tank light is on. But always wait at least half an hour, or more, after the light is on. This is explained in that article.
I used to feed my fish in the morning, about an hour after the lights came on. Then I moved and had to leave for work before daylight so rather than mess with the tank lighting I fed the fish when I came home in the evening. This is fine; just make sure the feeding is not close to when the lights go out. Feeding at say 5 or 6 pm if the tank lights go out at 9 or 10 pm is fine.