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Fish that "frenzy" when feeding

I wasnt sure what the proper term to use was but are there community fish that "frenzy" when feeding? e.g. feed very aggressively in a pack - I'm picturing something like exodons/bucktooth tetras but peaceful and that can live with others. Thanks.
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Danio and rainbow fish. Unless you dump huge load of food in very unlikely that any food will make it past 3-4 below surface.
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Funny you post this- I just put up a video on my local fish club Facebook group of my rainbow fish going nuts over frozen blood worms tonight. They are quite run to watch and hit the surface hard for food!
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Funny you post this- I just put up a video on my local fish club Facebook group of my rainbow fish going nuts over frozen blood worms tonight. They are quite run to watch and hit the surface hard for food!
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I feel like a lot of otherwise peaceful tetras do this. And the ones that are the least shy (diamond tetras for example) are most aggressive about it. I think it is a predator instinct kicking in because flakes landing on the water are similar to small bugs or other food items landing on the water in nature.


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A decent number of schooling fish will do that.
If it's a bigger tank, silver dollars are dummies who scare easily, but one kind (the name escapes me) only hits 4-5" and is pretty easy to keep. They'll rip up all your plants, but they're the closest thing you can keep to piranha in many states, and they eat like piranha. I used to give mine a frozen silverside now and then, and they'd take it down to the spine and then play tug-o-war with that trying to steal it from each other.
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Yeah when watching most tetras eat I often think to myself "This shows how closely they are related to piranhas."
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My rummy nose tetras go wild with food. Same with black neons actually.


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My Congos feed very aggressively, also. Some of my other fish are inhibited by this so I have to use a turkey baster to get food down to them.
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I have 5 Black Ruby Barbs that are pretty aggressive when eating.

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Two groups-
1) My puffers.... They usually eat from my hand. They refuse to hunt on their own. Spoiled rotten. (their tank is not actually that dirty... im rescaping and trying not to bug them too much).

2) My endler fry. My ender fry also wait for food- epic frenzy no matter if it is flake, brine shrimp, bloodworms, etc LOL. They are just Hangry.


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1) My puffers.... They usually eat from my hand. They refuse to hunt on their own. Spoiled rotten. (their tank is not actually that dirty... im rescaping and trying not to bug them too much).

2) My endler fry. My ender fry also wait for food- epic frenzy no matter if it is flake, brine shrimp, bloodworms, etc LOL. They are just Hangry.


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I have 10+ Black neon tetras and 10+ Glowlight tetras that frenzy feed every time I put food in the tank. Floating pellets disappear in seconds and I have to be careful not to overfeed based on the amount of time it took them to get every last pellet.

I also feed them sinking discs that have crustacean bits...honestly it looks like a rugby match. One brave tetra will pick up a disc and run while all of the others swarm and take it away. It's very interesting to watch them feed.

The most viscous (yes I'm still talking about tetras) feeding I ever saw was when I tried to repopulate the tank with amano shrimp. I had a dozen at one point before I added the black neons and I didn't even think it would be problematic. $30 worth of shrimp gone in less than 15 seconds. The shrimp tried to hide in the plants and deco but the black tetras got every last one of them before I could grab the net.
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My school of Cories goes crazy at feeding time.
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I'd put giant danios up there with any fish that swims for crazed feeding response. Really most danios and rainbows (as previously mentioned and illustrated) as well as larger tetras will go nuts at feeding time. Having a large number of the fish goes a long way; when my white cloud tank is over a couple hundred fish they "boil the water" when I add some flake, which is far different than when that tank's population is <25.

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