12-14-2007, 11:42 PM #1
The 3 minute rule foiled by my filter?
I know, I know... I'm flooding the airways today with tons of questions, but I'm full of it, ummm I mean *them*...
So, Ive been watching my 20 high tank over the past few weeks when I feed them. (details in my sig) In 3 minutes all the fish continue to eat the flakes. I noticed, however, when feeding them flakes and frozen daphina the water spout send so much if it sinking into the water at one time they can't get to it all.
I have all sorts of bottom feeders to help with that, but it keeps making me wonder if I'm still feeding them too much. In a perfect world I'd be around to feed them less food 3 times a day, but due to work I am really limited to twice.
Am I missing a trick? Am I feeding too much? How can I tell, if I cut back, if they aren't getting enough?
Shrimp and snail junkie... What can I say, I like the little things in life.
12-15-2007, 03:47 AM #2
Sometimes it can be a little tricky learning how much your fish can eat in two minutes if the filter is moving the food all through the tank. I use a feeding ring on the opposite corner to my filter and this keeps the food from being scattered and lets me watch what they are eating. The feeding ring uses a suction cup to mount on the side and floats up and down as the water evaporates and gets replenished. If you have a bully who likes to eat all the food, you might even consider more than one feeding ring.Faith
10 Gallon Tank - at home - 1 female Red Wag Platy, plus 25+ fry (still counting).
4.6 US Gallon Mermaid Tank - 1 Betta (Prometheus)
1/2 gallon quaranteen tank - empty.
10 Gallon Tank - at work - 1 Zebra Danio and 1 female (silver and red) Dawn Platy.
My Mickey Mouse Platy (male) passed away, but his tattoo lives on in his offspring.
12-15-2007, 03:50 AM #3
You could also turn the filter down a bit.