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Tess2013 02-20-2013 12:05 AM

Feeding Time
 
I have 5 Neon Tetras and 4 Guppies. Is it okay if I feed them every other day? I started doing this because one of my Neons keeps getting bloated belly. This feeding routine seems to help.

Thoth 02-20-2013 06:02 AM

Sounds like you are feeding too much for the amount of fish that are in the tank. It would be more ideal to feed everyday and reduce the amount you are feeding then to skip days. Are you sure that the bloated belly is not a gravid female?

fish monger 02-20-2013 07:28 AM

It would seem to me that feeding less daily would be better. It's the amount eaten at a given time that would cause bloat. What sort of food are you using ? Some are more likely to cause bloating than others as they expand with moisture.

AbbeysDad 02-20-2013 08:55 AM

Many fish will gorge themselves when food is available - it's natures way as there are often very lean times.

You can continue to feed less daily or you can skip days here and there - every other day feeding won't really hurt - you just need to find the happy median.

Tess2013 02-20-2013 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by fish monger (Post 1437547)
It would seem to me that feeding less daily would be better. It's the amount eaten at a given time that would cause bloat. What sort of food are you using ? Some are more likely to cause bloating than others as they expand with moisture.

I feed them Tetra Fish Flakes which I crush into smaller pieces I also have freeze dried bloodworms that feed once a week as a treat.

FishyFishy89 02-20-2013 11:16 AM

I would stop the bloodworms, for some fish, they bring about digestion issues. That maybe causing the issue? How often are you feeding bloodworms?

Tess2013 02-20-2013 11:21 AM

I would give the Neons a tiny pinch but then the Guppies came along and they quickly hoover up the food so I'm thinking of purchasing sinking pellets if anyone has any recommendations I'd really appreciate it.

FishyFishy89 02-20-2013 01:23 PM

hhhmmmm
The issue with pellets is they may be too big. Check their pellet sizing(the actual pellet not the bag wording) and decide wither or not your fish can eat it.


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