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PRichs87 01-17-2010 02:21 PM

New fish
How long do you wait to feed your fish after you add them to your tank? I have heard as long as 24 hours... what does everyone do? I bought flakes and frozen bloodworms today.

mrdemin 01-17-2010 03:19 PM

I've read that its best not to feed for 24 hours, feed your current fish (if any) before adding the new ones in. Fish can go days and I think weeks without food, so don't worry!
Its also recommended to shut off the lights and leave them off for a few hours, or until next on time... less stressful to the fish!

Byron 01-17-2010 03:25 PM

When I introduce new fish to an established aquarium it will usually be in the afternoon. I feed every morning, so the tank would be fed as usual the following morning. For those tanks that also get occasional evening feedings, I would not do so the day of new fish, but wait for the next.

I have never bothered over lights; tanks are heavily planted (security for new fish if needed), lights are on timers and it is too much fuss to mess with them. When possible, I would introduce new fish well before the lights go out, 3 or more hours, so they have some chance of assessing the environment and tankmates before darkness. Except for some catfish, fish are inactive in total darkness.


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