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Hey everyone,

I would like to get some advice on feeding habits because I'm not convinced I'm doing the right thing by my fish.

I am feeding the following fish:-
1 x Koi Angel (about 9 cm from mouth to the end of tail fin) and he's my biggest fish
1 x Marble Angel (about 6 cm from mouth to end of tail fin)
4 x Widow Tetras (about 5.5 cm from mouth to end of tail fin)
1 x Bronze Cory (about 7 am from mouth to end of tail fin)

I feed Tetra Colour (see picture) pellets and 1 x Sera Vipachips (see picture).


I hide the biscuit at the bottom for the Cory and then a 2 x small pinches of the pellets every 2 days. One pinch as normal and then the other pinch I break up into smaller pieces to give some smaller bits a chance to float down for the bottom feeders (when I had more of them... as I've only got 1 left now I don't do that anymore)

The Tetra's and the Angels go NUTS when it's feeding time and literally consume everything in seconds.. i would estimate that each fish has 1-2 pellets at most.

I feed every 2 days because I'm scared to death of overfeeding but....

In the past 7 months since my tank has been set up I have purchased 22 small fish and I only have 9 left.

I did wonder if it was a food thing but I had a couple of balloon mollies that would always get at least 1 pellet of tetra colour every two days as they would but amongst the pack when it came to feeding time and they both died - i even had my local fish shop perform an autopsy and they didn't see anything (apparently)(I'm not 100% confident of most of the staff that work there)

So, I would like to get at least 6 more cory's and 3 more Tetras but i don't want to buy them only for them to die 6 weeks later which has been the trend.

So, am I feeding correctly?

If I do go and buy some more fish, what should I change my feeding habit to be as well so I can be prepared?

Thanks all
 

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Hey all,
Thank you for your messages so far - here's the answers to the questions.

Tank - 153 Litres (10 Gal)
Ammonia - 0
p.H - 7.4
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate 5.0
Tap Water - Soft
Maintenance - Approx. 25% water change every 2 weeks with gravel vac each time. I also clean the inside tank walls with my magnet algae remover.
I change the carbon & filter pad in my eheim 2217 canister filter every 3 months.
When I clean, I remove all decorations leaving just the gravel, then vac, add new water with Stress Zyme & Stress Coat.

I didn't think overfeeding was killing my fish.. i was thinking that i'm underfeeding them at the moment which is why the smaller less aggressive fish are dying because they aren't getting enough food.

What i'm after is advice on whether the amount that I feed is too little or about right and then ist the frequency too little or about right...

As I mention above, each fish gets 1 or 2 of the little pellets and that's it.. I could count to 5 and everything that i'd put in the tank would be completely gone! it's extremely rare that anything is ever left over enough to sink to the bottom.. .almost never!
 

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So, is it 153litres (40 gals) or 10 gals (40 litres). One of those is too small and would be a major contributor to fish deaths.Jeff
1 US Gal is 3.8 Litres
40 US Gal is 152 Litres

Ah yes, so sorry I was way off... yes it's a 40 Gal tank and not a 10 Gal tank
 

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Ah, that must just have been a little Aussie math, eh? ;-)

Jeff.
Wouldn't be too bad if I was aussie... i'm a brit living is Oz! It's worse :)
 
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