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I could use some help to determine if I am overfeeding my gourami. I have attached a photo,(a not so good one), for you to look at. I feed them once a day and not more then they can consume in 30 seconds. From the side they look as if they are overfed but when viewed directly on they appear to be thin. I am not familiar with gourami since these are recent additions. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Sounds like you are concerned about your fish getting fat? Or is there something else you’re worried about?


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overfed=fat fish=sick fish=dead fish. That's my concern.

You know, fish being fat is universally considered a good thing in the outside world. It means they are eating well, which is a prime indication of being in good health. So I don’t agree with your math there that fat fish = dead fish.

The problems associated with overfeeding in an aquarium are mostly water quality related. You do need to be concerned about overfeeding, but not out of concern for the fish getting fat - that in and of itself is not a problem because the fish won’t live long enough to get fat. Overfeeding + poor maintenance = dead fish.


Digestive problems are an issue of food quality, not quantity. Feeding high quality food is important for fish health.




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Your absolutely correct in your statement. My tank however is fully cycled and I do regular maintenance. I have always felt that a slightly hungry fish is a healthy fish. I'm trying to avoid bloated fish which I understand leaves them more susceptible to disease. Maybe I am over thinking things and should just continue on keeping up with my maintenance as I have always have and feed them as you said a more healthy diet. Thank you for your input.
 

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Bloating is a reflection of the quality of the food, not quantity. I agree that hungry fish are healthy fish because fish are always hungry.


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