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post #1 of 3 Old 10-11-2011, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Red Tailed Shark is very fat

Hello everyone, i have a Red Tailed Shark and i left him to go camping this weekend. i put a weekend feeding block in his tank and when i came home he seemed very fat. my dad said he fed him while i was away because he didnt know about the feeding block so is it possible that my shark just ate too much or is it some kind of disease? thanks
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-11-2011, 01:37 PM
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Could be either. Don't feed him for a couple days and observe.

When you are away, for up to a week, the fish will be fine without any food.


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post #3 of 3 Old 10-11-2011, 06:25 PM
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Like Byron mentioned, you do not need to worry about feeding the fish if you are going to be gone for a week or less. This is because fish naturally are not able to find food everyday in the wild, so they will not starve without food for a short period of time. I always remember the saying "A hungry fish is a happy fish".

Advice for anyone new to the hobby: Do your research!! Before you do anything to your aquarium, take some time to research it. It has made a huge difference for me

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