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yellowbrickroad 03-18-2013 07:13 AM

New fish questions
So I finally have some fish :) I currently have 6 head and tail light tetra floating in their bag in my tank (I'll be increasing the school in a week or two). A couple of questions have occurred to me; do I feed them today? And can I turn my lights back on in a while, for my plants (it's 12pm here so the lights have only been on a few hours).

Thanks. Very happy to have some fish at last :)


Romad 03-18-2013 07:27 AM

Give them some time to settle in before you feed them as they'll probably be stressed out for a while. What size tank are you putting them into? Is the tank cycled?

yellowbrickroad 03-18-2013 07:37 AM

It's 23 US gallons, and yes it's cycled (ammonia method) and has plants.

jeaninel 03-18-2013 09:17 AM

I usually skip feeding new fish the first day but give them a small meal the second day. They will learn pretty quickly that it means food when you approach the tank and will settle in quickly.
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JDM 03-18-2013 10:43 AM

Just decide on your feeding schedule and start with that the next day. The plants won't miss one afternoon of light I chose to feed shortly after the lights come on in the morning. Now all the fish are right where the food is going to be before I get there... just like a pack of dogs.


Romad 03-18-2013 01:42 PM


Originally Posted by yellowbrickroad (Post 1473264)
It's 23 US gallons, and yes it's cycled (ammonia method) and has plants.

Sounds good. They'll settle in soon and will gladly accept some food :)

yellowbrickroad 03-18-2013 05:14 PM

Thanks for your posts, I've been having trouble accessing the message boards all day. Fishes seem to be doing well :)

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