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Old 03-23-2014, 10:03 PM   #1
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Feeding my fish

First a few descriptive notes: I have about 30 fish in total in a 180 tank.

18 are 4-5 inch haps and peacocks. 6 are 3 inch haps and peacocks.
7 are 1.75-2 inch mbuna.

The smaller fish are new additions to the tank. I have been worried about them getting enough to eat add my bigger fish seem to muscle them out of the way at feeding time. Today I did something different. I fed the fish until the big ones left on their own which allowed the smaller fish to finally eat. This seemed like a lot of food. I feed exclusively 1 mm NLS cichlid pellets. I would say usually I put maybe 3 or 4 pinches in but tonight I put easily twice that. I spaced them out and only added more when the food was gone. None was wasted to either the floor or the overflow filter. And it seems like everyone was happily fed.

Does this seem like too much? I'm really concerned about the mbunas not getting anything since they are the smallest. I know that they can graze on algae, but my tank doesn't have a lot of that either.

Any thoughts?

Here is a picture of the tank and fish just to give you an idea of what I'm working with.

Mbuna are on lower left.



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Old 03-24-2014, 08:26 PM   #2
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I was hoping someone would comment on this because I struggle with the same type of thing. I feel like some of my smaller fish miss out at feeding time and sometimes I think I'm over feeding to try and make sure they get some.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:55 PM   #3
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I have 3 different NLC & this is what works for me. I have, 1mm 2mm & 3mm. When dropping the 3mm the big guns will take one or two or more sometimes and move on. Then 2mm will cover most and the 1mm if needed. I have small yellow Juvi from my last batch. They feed off what the others puff out which is enough for them. There is also a 4mm or 4.5mm for your bigger fish and that should help aid across the board. The 1mm isnt cutting it IMHO
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Rare , that is a good idea. I may go to 2mm. Seems like 3pm might be too big.

Thanks for the great advice.

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Old 03-25-2014, 10:54 AM   #5
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Trust me it's not big. The yellow labs are hogs and they can take 2+ pellets in there mouth. You have big fish compared to mine I will go as big as the 4.5mm. Let me see if I can take a video of the guys eating. I will give them a snack since I give them their meals in the late afternoon. This will give you a better idea.....

Nice work on your aquarium and fish, Ace!
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A bit dark since the shades were still up when i came home early & didnt flip on the 2 light switch but you can see how fast these guys eat/stuffed the 3mm like nothing. At 1:50 for a short few sec's that yellow is holding, not stuffed with pellet.

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Love the music!! My fish have never been that content after feeding. I am going to get some 3mm right away. Thanks for taking the time to respond!

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No problem, Ace. One other way I do it from time to time is to have the powerhead running and drop the pellets in front of it.. This spreads out the pellets all over. I'm using the Jeabo40 wavemaker & it's pretty strong & does a good job to spread it out.
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How large is your tank? I have a 180 gallon and I took out my wave maker. Usually the fish consume the food before it disperses. I ordered the big bucket of 3mm last night from amazon. $61!
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130g. I like the Jebao wp40 as it doesnt let their poop sit anywhere for too long at the bottom when i use wave mode. I might do two wp40 or wp40 and a wp25. On wave mode which is where it is at. I will see their poop floating, i take the net and scoop it out. Also, the amount of water it's turning over is awesome. The more I keep looking at the 130g, the more I say it wont be long before i get a larger aquarium. Not even done with my stock list on fish.
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