When to feed fish ?

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When to feed fish ?

Postby Clivebham » Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:37 pm


Have a 90L Roma Fluval tank. Nice setup with 6 neon tetras and 6 Rasbora fish.
Just wanted to ask please what the best way to feed them is ? Once a day ? A couple of times a day ? Also plan to get some hatchet fish and some bottom feeders. Do you need different feed for different fish.

Also how much do you feed them ?

Many thanks in advance

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Re: When to feed fish ?

Postby Carylnz » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:31 pm

Small amounts often is always best but not usually practical. Once a day is fine but if you are able to feed 2x or more then do so. Many feed once daily and fast the fish one day a week. Whatever suits you best.
You do need different types of food for different species. Besides, fish like variety.
Hatchet fish have upturned mouths so need something that floats on the surface. Bottom feeders need specialised pellets, especially if you do not have any driftwood for them to nibble on. I tend to drop in one pellet per bottom feeder, unless I have more than 6 of them. Other fish will also eat the pellets as they sink and once they have hit bottom.
You feed small amounts so there is no wasted food left to rot. Look at your fish then think how small their stomach is compared to the rest of the body and you will realise they need very little per feed. It is often said to feed no more than the fish can eat in 5 minutes. A very small pinch is plenty.
Fish are opportunistic feeders and will go for anything any time like they haven't been fed for a week so don't be fooled into thinking they are starved. They aren't. They lie :wink:
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Re: When to feed fish ?

Postby Clivebham » Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:34 am



Many thanks for your reply. It's been of great help
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