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  1. #1

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    Default can you (i) feed too much...?


    0 Not allowed!
    I have a bunch of feedter fish an i started a prep tank for them for my RES
    If i put food in there they eat it all, no matter how much or when.
    There are a few minows an some nice looking goldies that i would like to keep an see how big i can get them. Its a 150gal an has plenty of filtration and so substrate.
    I test the water every other day an the amo is always under .25
    I feed them a variety of foods from tetra flakes, dry cat food, Tortillas, and if i come acroos something that would be healthy for them
    They are doing good an look healthy, but my question is....

    Can i feed the almost 24/7 with out harming them? An i will keep a good eye on the amo
    150 gal. (1 black fin Pacu) Modified API Nexx modular filterX3+ a 1 litter bottle Moving Bed filter w/straws + DIY UFAS+ modified PowerHead to an aerated bacteria filter.
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    26 gal. Planted (6mollies) (12platty wags) (1 Bristol nose placo) (4cory cats) (1clown loach) (betta)
    20gal sump project for the 150 or 90

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    0 Not allowed!
    Fish will eat when fed even if not hungry. They dont have the brain to tell them not to eat like we do, their mentality is to eat as much as they can (even to the point of stomach explosion) because they dont know when their next food is coming. The recommended amnt for fish to eat is enough to be consumed within 20seconds-1min

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    0 Not allowed!
    +1 to Sandz.

    The ammonia reading is too high. Zero ammonia is the only acceptable reading.
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    0 Not allowed!
    Im sure the amo is 0 theres just an under .25 color
    Iv never seen them rub on the drift wood i have in there
    An i did not know that about there reason to eat, thank you
    But ill stick to the three meals a day for them 5am 2pm 8pm an give them the 1 min rule
    Thanks guys
    150 gal. (1 black fin Pacu) Modified API Nexx modular filterX3+ a 1 litter bottle Moving Bed filter w/straws + DIY UFAS+ modified PowerHead to an aerated bacteria filter.
    90 gal. (2 black fin Pacu) (1 red fin Pacu)Modified API modular nexx filterX3 + modified PwerHead to a biological aerated filter + 500gph aerated powerhead.
    26 gal. Planted (6mollies) (12platty wags) (1 Bristol nose placo) (4cory cats) (1clown loach) (betta)
    20gal sump project for the 150 or 90

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    0 Not allowed!
    Unless you're purposefully gutloading the feeders feeding three times a day is still too much in my honest opinion.
    And proper gutloading should be happening with better quality food than it sounds like you're providing.
    A severe lack of trichogaster.

    Just because your Gourami is sick does not mean it is always Iridovirus, DGIV, Gourami Disease, et cetera.
    Look at all the other factors in your tank before coming to this conclusion.

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    0 Not allowed!
    Ya, you might look at it this way.

    since they are feeder fish you want them full of awesome stuff, so when your big fish eat them, they get those nutrients.

    so quality feeding starts at your basic.
    so providing good foods is a start.
    and then feeding them not so often, they'll be leaner (not fatty)

    this will translate to healthier bigger fish.

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    0 Not allowed!
    Anyone feeding live fish should also have a look at this: http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.u...t.php?sid=5232

    With 4 pacu in small tanks like that you'd want them as healthy as possible.

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