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Old 01-09-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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Hi it says you should feed your fish 3+ times a day I get up at 6am in the morining when the fish are all a sleep my lights go on at 12pm I get home around 3 feed them then, around 5pm i feed again flakes, pellets somtimes meaty food when should I feed my fish? Or is this a good schedule
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No way to 3 times a day. 3 times a week is plenty.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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You'll get mixed opinions about feeding. IMO the most common is 1x per day, whether at the same time or varied.

However, some feed in very small amounts several times per day which allows for a more natural (to the livestock) feeding regime such as they would see in nature.

In any case variety seems to be key, though some will say a certain flake or certain pellet, will be all you need.

Just remember not to over feed too much as you will have increased algae and nitrates.

I think the rule of thumb that I heard is to feed no more than can be completely consumed in 3-5 minutes.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:58 PM   #4
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Agree with Mr. X. I just cut back to every other day myself to help reduce nitrates and costs.
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in 3 to 5 minutes, fish can eat enough food to pollute a tank. that's a crazy rule..lol! I just fed mine, and i watched the time. I think it was 25 seconds.
When fish consume food, it's not gone. it's still in the tank. you must remove whatever you put in....visible or invisible, or you will start to have algae problems, poor water quality, etc.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:16 PM   #6
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Ok so once maybe twice in small amounts is plenty thxs
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:59 PM   #7
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I apologize for my misguidance. I never really thought about it. I just do tiny pinches and I never timed it. Lol.

Sorry again! Thanks X for that catch.
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@mr x. Even with anthais? You feed every other day?
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:42 PM   #9
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Actually it all depends on the fish. My little 3" Oscars eats a partial protein/pellet diet 3 times a day
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Most fish will be fine every other day. It just depends. I just lost my cleaner wrasse because that little guy needs to eat alot more than the others, LA suggests 3 times a day, and he didn't eat anything other than the tiniest mysis shrimp. He kept on getting out competed by all the other fish. He just kept getting skinnier until now, he's been missing 5 days...
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