Feeding Regimes!

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05 Dec 2016 21:17 #1 by Eric (Eric Corcoran)
Just putting this out there to hear people's thoughts.
Are we feeding our fish too much and too often ???
The reason I ask is that recently my male albimarginata went 14 days without eating with no ill affects and any mouthbrooder i've bred have not eaten for between 12-20 days .
I feed once a day and if trying to breed a pair ill feed 2-3 times per day.
But with all this food are we just risking poor water quality while the fish would be just fine going for a day or 2 without food

Eric

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05 Dec 2016 22:23 #2 by robert (robert carter)
I for one certainly overffed particually my coldwater koi tank , three tmes a day with a 62% protien pellet food , but this is because i am looking for high growth on these fish before the spring , certainly it makes large water changes escential and is in general high maintainnce . If i wasnt looking for growth would probably get away feeding once a day . I think it really depends on what your looking for from your fish

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05 Dec 2016 22:29 #3 by nomad (pat murphy)
Replied by nomad (pat murphy) on topic Feeding Regimes!
I,ve only fed fish in a community tank once a day for years but making sure theres a good variety of different foods being fed,agree when feeding and raising fry it would be little but often with plenty of water changes ...

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05 Dec 2016 22:58 #4 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Once a day...Different foods every feed...Variety is very important..

I also take a feeding break once a week...

Overfeeding fish is bad (unless for growth purposes)

Keeping fish on their toes as regards food is a good thing in my opinion...I believe it stops them from becoming fussy eaters and keeps them alert and active....Overfeeding the same food on a constant basis just makes fish sluggish and unhealthy and will wreak havoc with the most important thing of all "Water Quality"

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05 Dec 2016 23:20 #5 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
I feed 4 or 5 times a week in varying quantities and on varying days! Keep them keen but never underfed them either!

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