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hollie 07-02-2007 07:34 AM

How much to feed?
Here's what I put into my fish tank last night. It's measure out into a fish food lid.

There's tropical fish flakes, blood worms and a tubifex worm cube. I've been feeding that once a day, and some more flakes and blood worms one more time during a day, to the frogs, guppies and mollies (with an extra pinch of blood worms down wherever the frogs are).

Is it enough, not enough, too much?

mHeinitz57 07-02-2007 09:37 AM

how big is that lid? How many guppies and mollies do you have?

hollie 07-02-2007 03:42 PM

The lid's about 2 inches across; one tank has three guppies and three ADFs, one tank has four guppies and two mollies, one tank has two guppies.

That's about how much I'd give to the biggest tank, once a day, though they get roughly the same amount of flakes and bloodworms a second time - the other two tanks get proportionately less.

cjz722c 07-02-2007 04:05 PM

Sound good to me

nvmyluv420 07-02-2007 09:50 PM

when your feeding stand there and watch if theres still food after 3 to five minutes its too much. you have to be very careful with over feeding when mixing frogs with fish because the frogs dont do well with ammonia. in fact the littlest bit will kill them. monitor how much there eating and how much waste there making. i know it sounds easier than it is but adfs dont need to eat a lot on a daily basis.

hollie 07-03-2007 01:55 AM

Thanks! :D

I've found that bits of the tubifex worm cubes are still floating around after I've fed them; should I leave them in, because the fish do still nibble at them, or should I take them out?

Lupin 07-03-2007 01:59 AM


Originally Posted by hollie
should I leave them in, because the fish do still nibble at them, or should I take them out?

Take out any leftovers. They can cause rapid deterioration of water quality.

hollie 07-03-2007 02:28 AM

Will do! Thanks!

jones57742 07-03-2007 03:01 PM


That is probably twice the amount which is "more than ample".

I have been "down this road before".
Your ammonia and nitrites are probably rising above zero (mine did and you cannot believe how much biological filtration that I have in my sump).

I recommend this:
Get out a teaspoon and feed one teaspoon of flakes per tank.
Wait 5 minutes:
Feed another teaspoon of flakes/tank and continue until excess food is available.
If you will do this twice a day for several days you will be able to determine the correct quantity of flakes and "condiments" to feed.

Please modify the above as necessary for your ADF's as I have never kept them.


hollie 07-03-2007 03:29 PM

But one teaspoon is about five times as much as what I'm feeding them now, and what I give them now leaves a bit of excess! o.o

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