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Overfeeding your fish?

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Re: Overfeeding your fish?

Postby vinboy » Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:35 pm

Very good post
As a mbuna keeper i have to keep my feed down alot maybe 5 feeds weekly is more than enough plus
they feed of the alge build up.
All aquariums apart from grow on tanks should have a day weekly without food it does the fish wonders and makes
them very lifely :-):
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Re: Overfeeding your fish?

Postby mucklelass » Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:10 pm

This article was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks Anita!
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Re: Overfeeding your fish?

Postby cashwellspent » Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:12 am

I think all fish keepers have been guilty at least once, I push my limits on occasions, I have very healthy happy fish.
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Re: Overfeeding your fish?

Postby WookAchook » Sat May 07, 2011 5:36 pm

Hi Anita,
New member today, yours was the first thread I have read, and found every word of it relevant to one mistake or another I have made over the last 5 years. Massive thank you, and I think I will be putting my babies on a diet...... starting...... NOW!!!! Lol. xx
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Re: Overfeeding your fish?

Postby Anita » Sat May 07, 2011 5:55 pm

That's good news :-):
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Re: Overfeeding your fish?

Postby Nifty1pound50 » Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:52 pm

Very informative post brilliant for the newcomers such as myself. Thank you.
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Re: Overfeeding your fish?

Postby Tukje » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:18 pm

I'd like to add something to this.
I've studied the behavior of fish while feeding.
Every sort has their own needs, though if you "regular" tropic fish, feeding 3 or 4 times a week is more than enough. Best thing is to variate a lot by using food from the freezer once a week, regular food twice a week and living food as a snack once every 2 weeks.
Rules such as 2 or 5 minutes of feeding time are nonsense, the best thing is to observe your fish very closely and make sure they all eat (also the ones at the bottom). For instance, when I feed dwarf cichlids it would take them about 2~3 times the amount of time to eat the same amound of food as a guppy.

Concerning living and food from the freezer, you dont need to give this to guppy's, platy's or other "easy" fish. Though if you feed it to other fish such as chiclids, gourami's and such, it will stimulate their natural behavior. This results into nicer colours, more healthy and active fish and especially more fry!

Always keep in mind it is (almost) impossible to famine your fish, so in this case, less is better!


Though!!!!
Keep in mind that this information is not for all fish! Goldfish (like) fish need to eat more often and with less food each time. It isn’t the same for every fish, though what I wrote is for the most common, smaller tropic fish.
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Re: Overfeeding your fish?

Postby CEREDIGION123 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:46 pm

Ah! the old over-feeding myth:"If I feed my fish less, I don't need to clean the tank so often"

So where exactly are these over-fed wild fish then?

It is very hard to over feed....I overfeed according to internet standards, but I clean the crap out everyday....consequence....I have large (normal) sized fish....of course the genetically challenged in-bred show fish will suffer from over-feeding; but this is why we don't find them in the wild


Deliberately under-feeding in order to maintain water quality is cruel
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Re: Overfeeding your fish?

Postby Anita » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:54 pm

CEREDIGION123 wrote:Ah! the old over-feeding myth:"If I feed my fish less, I don't need to clean the tank so often"

Not at all, at no time did I state under feed your fish and you will be able to go a month before you have to change any water.
CEREDIGION123 wrote: So where exactly are these over-fed wild fish then?

I didn't say they were over fed, but graze throughout the day, bigger fish may feed every few days. It's what suits them and they can do as they please in the wild - you can't compare any animal in a captive environment where their every need is at our control.
CEREDIGION123 wrote: It is very hard to over feed....I overfeed according to Internet standards, but I clean the crap out everyday....consequence....I have large (normal) sized fish....of course the genetically challenged in-bred show fish will suffer from over-feeding; but this is why we don't find them in the wild

I disagree it is very easy to provide fish with much more food than they need to live. This article was written for a new fish keeper, it is a guide as overfeeding causes loads of problems with water quality.
Most of the new members post here with water quality issues which are affecting their fish. Often just cutting back on food a bit sorts this out - we don't keep the fish, we keep the water.
Overfeeding won't kill them but water quality will. Most new keepers clean their tank once a week, let's say Sundays so if they were to overfeed on Monday, that food will be mouldy in a couple of days. If this were to continue to the end of the week, it does affect water quality.
I kept discus for 10+ and am quite aware that specialised fish are treated differently and experienced keepers do so, each to their own there :thu:
CEREDIGION123 wrote:Deliberately under-feeding in order to maintain water quality is cruel

Again no one implied that you do so, but until someone is confident with water parameters and the amount of food to offer their fish, I do feel it is better for all food to be eaten rather than some left to spoil :-):
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Re: Overfeeding your fish?

Postby Big Den » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:31 pm

I totally agree with you Anita. Wild fish eat all day in their natural state but the food is 'on tap' fresh, not prepared food like what we feed them. The left over food can get sucked into the filter and decompose in there, so it's pointless saying "I overfeed according to internet standards, but I clean the crap out everyday" unless you clean the filter every day.
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