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Is fasting really that helpful? To me it just sounds like "yeah, I'm going to stop breathing for a while to give my lungs a break" What are the advantages?
yes, a fishes digestive system is very different from humans, in the wild the digestive system isnt always working since they arent always fed. In the home aquaria they almost always have food somewhere in there digestive track making it work 24/7. This isnt that good. Imagine lifting weights non stop.... Also if you keep feeding food there is a higher chance of them catching a paracite which isnt good. Not feeding lets there immune system come back to date and protect them. Ive heard people fasting there fish for 1 week per month. I think that is a bit far-fetched so once a week or once every 2 weeks.
I do disagree with one statement about fish food. Everything I have ever been told and everything I have ever read says that a fish food with less fish meal is the best and if you can find one where fish meal is NOT the first ingredient all the better. Fish meal is ground up fish, bones and all and many contribute the high fish meal content with less fish nutrition because they don't digest it all and with poorer water quality because of the waste being mostly junk.
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