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Restricted Evidence 07-03-2011 11:52 AM

How Often should I feed my Plattys?
 
This might be somewhere else, but I missed it.

I have 6 Plattys and a few Ghost Shrimp in my 10g tank. I was wondering how often I should feed them. I've seen various things from various sights. Some say once a day, twice a day, three times a day, once every other day, once every 3 days, etc.

I am sure as heck not going to feed them three times a day and I already know how much food to feed them (:

Edit: I have been feeding them twice a day for two weeks. I went out of town for two days and they went without. They seem perfectly fine, but I did feed them the night I got back. I have not fed them this morning yet... I feed them Tropical Fish flakes and occasionally Freeze Dried Brine Shrimp.

sik80 07-03-2011 01:28 PM

once a day is perfect, maybe missing out one day per week. Fish will always feed like they are starving and are totally greedy. Over feeding creates problems with over production of waste products, so the tank will be healthier with less food.

Varying the food you give them is a good idea too to keep your fish in best health as they get all the nutrition they need. Having more than one type of dried food and rotating between them plus ocassional frozen and live foods is good practice

Restricted Evidence 07-03-2011 02:33 PM

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Originally Posted by sik80 (Post 721851)
once a day is perfect, maybe missing out one day per week. Fish will always feed like they are starving and are totally greedy. Over feeding creates problems with over production of waste products, so the tank will be healthier with less food.

Varying the food you give them is a good idea too to keep your fish in best health as they get all the nutrition they need. Having more than one type of dried food and rotating between them plus ocassional frozen and live foods is good practice

I noticed there was A LOT of waste accumulating at the bottom of my tank everyday, so that is the main reason I even asked this question. Overfeeding occurred to me once I saw all of the waste.

Thank you so much for answering (: I'm going to get some freeze dried bloodworms soon. What other freeze dried food would be good for them?

sik80 07-03-2011 04:40 PM

frozen foods (in the freezer like ice cubes) are better than freeze dried (frozen then dried/dehydrated) if you can get them. They have more nutritional value. Its best to thaw frozen food in some tank water before you feed them. Also, don't feed them too often; half a cube or less once or twice a week would be good in your tank

I feed frozen bloodworm, which all my fish go wild for and have recently got some frozen brine shrimp, which they like too. I tried frozen daphnia but none of my fish would eat them for some reason

6 platies in 10g tank is quite a lot of fish. You will need to be doing large regular water changes to keep the water quality up because they'll produce a lot of waste

Restricted Evidence 07-03-2011 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by sik80 (Post 722116)
frozen foods (in the freezer like ice cubes) are better than freeze dried (frozen then dried/dehydrated) if you can get them. They have more nutritional value. Its best to thaw frozen food in some tank water before you feed them. Also, don't feed them too often; half a cube or less once or twice a week would be good in your tank

I feed frozen bloodworm, which all my fish go wild for and have recently got some frozen brine shrimp, which they like too. I tried frozen daphnia but none of my fish would eat them for some reason

6 platies in 10g tank is quite a lot of fish. You will need to be doing large regular water changes to keep the water quality up because they'll produce a lot of waste

I check the water everyday (Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate) and it's always perfect. I do 20% water changes once a week and vac the gravel once a week. I have a filter for a 20 to 30 gallon along with an undergravel filter. When I say a lot of fish waste, I just mean it's more than I'm used to seeing xp I also think I might have been slightly over feeding them as I had never had fish that big before (:

Romad 07-04-2011 07:31 AM

I do small amounts twice a day but don't put in more than they can eat in two minutes or so.

My fish are such pigs that I never see anything go to the bottom of the tank unless I soak it first so the cories get nom noms too.

Restricted Evidence 07-04-2011 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Romad (Post 722927)
I do small amounts twice a day but don't put in more than they can eat in two minutes or so.

My fish are such pigs that I never see anything go to the bottom of the tank unless I soak it first so the cories get nom noms too.

Mine are so greedy that some flakes go to the bottom, but it's only because they all try to go after the same flake until they realize there are more xp


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