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post #1 of 31 Old 02-14-2009, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Is it ok to feed my tiger barbs/danios as much as they can eat?

I just today decided that since the greater part of my cycling process was over I could probably grant my little fishies a little bonus...in food, so I added a bit at a time for 5 minutes (all consumed, flake) so decided hey, they're still eating why not give them a little desert (bloodworms) they continued to eat...and then lol, just my barbs were having serious trouble swimming to the bottom.

Why was this? (assuming it had something to do w/ the bloodworms)

Anyway, me being me, still seeing the fish eating gave them a little bit more flake food, seeing them still eating it, and their stomachs getting a little large, stopped, so I was wondering...

Is it ok to feed them as much as they can eat if I don't let excess food drop to the bottom?

Just wanted to know if they could decide for themselves how much to eat, or not :) thanks.

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post #2 of 31 Old 02-14-2009, 06:09 PM
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mine will actually stop eating once they are full

I do try and let some get to the bottom for my shark.

I normally feed twice a day. Morning flake and algae wafer then afternoon is sinking food and shrimp pellets

Every so often i switch out the afternoon for the bloodworms
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I dont think my tiger barbs or danios would ever stop eating. I think they would let their stomaches explode first. I think it would be better to give them a few small treats through out the day, than let them eat all they want at one feeding time.
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I think it's healthier to slightly underfeed than to overfeed. Smaller feedings a couple times a day is better than one big feeding.

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As much as they can eat in 5 minutes mine always look pregs after eating
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Mine could eat a whole package of food in 5 minutes if I let them. lol
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maybe for one or two days but it catches up to them ..and goes right to their hips lol jk but seriously after a week or so you'll notice they won't eat as much
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I think it's healthier to slightly underfeed than to overfeed. Smaller feedings a couple times a day is better than one big feeding.
I have school/work so I don't know if that's possible but I'll try and work smaller feedings in as right now it's more of one medium size feeding, thanks.

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-10x Zebra Danio
-3x Angelfish
-5x Velvet Red Swordtail
-3x Albino Cory Cat
-3x Clown Loach
-3x Black Mollie
-1x Red Tailed Shark
-1x General Pleco
-1x Snail

10 Gallon

Quarantine

37 Gallon (Wanted)

Not Sure

150 Gallon (Wanted)

-5x Bala Shark
-2x Neon Blue Goarami
-5x Clown Loach
-1x Black Knife Ghost
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As much as they can eat in 5 minutes mine always look pregs after eating
They definitely looked pregnant today after I fed them, first time I've saw that.

55 Gallon

-10x Zebra Danio
-3x Angelfish
-5x Velvet Red Swordtail
-3x Albino Cory Cat
-3x Clown Loach
-3x Black Mollie
-1x Red Tailed Shark
-1x General Pleco
-1x Snail

10 Gallon

Quarantine

37 Gallon (Wanted)

Not Sure

150 Gallon (Wanted)

-5x Bala Shark
-2x Neon Blue Goarami
-5x Clown Loach
-1x Black Knife Ghost
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maybe for one or two days but it catches up to them ..and goes right to their hips lol jk but seriously after a week or so you'll notice they won't eat as much
This is interesting, so your saying just to let them eat as much as they want, and then they'll slow down?

55 Gallon

-10x Zebra Danio
-3x Angelfish
-5x Velvet Red Swordtail
-3x Albino Cory Cat
-3x Clown Loach
-3x Black Mollie
-1x Red Tailed Shark
-1x General Pleco
-1x Snail

10 Gallon

Quarantine

37 Gallon (Wanted)

Not Sure

150 Gallon (Wanted)

-5x Bala Shark
-2x Neon Blue Goarami
-5x Clown Loach
-1x Black Knife Ghost
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