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Tess2013 01-10-2013 11:34 PM

Feeding new fish
 
Hi, I need some advice I added 6 Neon Tetras to my tank this morning they are the only fish in the tank should I wait till tomorrow morning to feed them? Thanks

Nilet699 01-11-2013 12:46 AM

I normally go for no lights and no food first day.

essjay 01-11-2013 01:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Nilet699 (Post 1386444)
I normally go for no lights and no food first day.


Would that go for platies too Nilet699?

Nilet699 01-11-2013 08:42 AM

I dont keep platies but it would go for any and all fish ever that i get.
All fish can go around 7-10 days without food so 1 day isn't going to do any harm to them.
I, and plenty others, have 1 day a week where the fish don't get fed. Sunday is a sad day for my fish :-D

Nilet699 01-11-2013 08:44 AM

TBH i always find the light part MUCH harder to do than not feeding them! It lets them settle yes, but by god its hard! I just got a new fish and i cant even see it!?! :frustrated:

Tess2013 01-11-2013 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Nilet699 (Post 1386444)
I normally go for no lights and no food first day.

Umm it's been 24 hrs I've fed them but they don't seem to be eating will they eventually eat them when they sink to the bottom? First time owner worries thanks

Nilet699 01-11-2013 11:13 AM

What are you feeding them? what size is it?

Tess2013 01-11-2013 11:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Nilet699 (Post 1386704)
What are you feeding them? what size is it?

TetraMin tropical flakes I grabbed a tiny pinch and broke them up abit more. They all seem to be sinking so should I leave them to scavenge what's in the bottom and not worry about it? They're brand new and still getting used to their new accommodation. One tetra seems to be grabbing a piece then spitting it out.

Nilet699 01-11-2013 12:13 PM

I would say if they spitting it its too large. My tetras do the same with any larger pieces that the gouramis dont get to straight away.....whereas all the tiny bits they chow straight down.
Worth at least crushing the flakes into tiny pieces and seeing if they'll take them then.

Bluewind 01-11-2013 12:40 PM

Here is what you need to do hun. Turn off the filter so that the food can have a longer float time and wont get suckedd up. Put a couple flakes in your hand and crumble them up well to where they are tiny. Then, pinch the flakes between your fingers and drop then below the water line. Tetra are mid-water swimmers/eaters and will be more likely to go after the food if it's on their level and a more suitable size. Don't turn the filter back on until all the flake bits have all sunk to the bottom. It worked perfectly on my little ones ;-)
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