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How do you prevent food from getting on your stem plants?

My flake food always seems to get stuck in the new stem plants(first time with stems) I bought. Is there a way to avoid this?
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If the fish are not eating the food before it sinks, aren't you feeding too much? When I feed my fish, almost none of the flake food sinks, they eat it immediately.
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Try to limit how much food you drop in. I usually drop a small pinch and if they eat that in no time flat, I drop another small pinch. Also, decent water circulation should just about eliminate this problem. That, and limiting the amount of food you put in. On a separate note, it isn't such a bad thing if some food is getting to the bottom if you have bottom feeders (cats, loaches).

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I usually have my otos eat anything on the leaves or my cherry shrimps.
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i feed sparingly once a day, so everything gets picked clean lightning fast.
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Hmm I only feed them alittle bit but they still wont eat. I only feed them once a day too. They must be nibbling on the plants
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I made an inexpensive feeding ring by cutting off the top part of a styrofoam cup. This allows the food to stay in one place until the fish can eat it, rather than getting strewn all over the tank by the current.
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I usually have my otos eat anything on the leaves or my cherry shrimps.

How do you do that? Do you command them to EAT THE FOOD!!!!


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I made an inexpensive feeding ring by cutting off the top part of a styrofoam cup. This allows the food to stay in one place until the fish can eat it
Dang is that a good idea ! That is the problem I have with my angels, no matter what I do they sit in one place and eat from there. The food, as sparingly as I try just floats off and they will not chase until I leave. By then it has been churned by the water flow !

Im gonna try that jart... it sounds like a perfect and simple solution !

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I'm not sure if my fish are stupid or what because I put the food in the tank and it just floats and the fish wont go up and eat it. I have to poke the flakes into the water for them to notice it.
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OK, as stupid as this may sound, I had a routine for before feeding. Kind of like a Pavlovís Fish thing.
I used to tap the glass lid of the tank before feeding, and my angels, bala shark, and danios would circle the side of the tank I fed on.

It took a long time for this though, and you have to be consistent. But it doesn't take much to try.

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if you get some baloon mollied they will eventually find any food left over. They are massive eaters and your issues with food on stems will be over.
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I made an inexpensive feeding ring by cutting off the top part of a styrofoam cup. This allows the food to stay in one place until the fish can eat it, rather than getting strewn all over the tank by the current.
I am trying something similar using airline tubeing to keep riccia in place. Never thought about using it for food though
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I am trying something similar using airline tubeing to keep riccia in place. Never thought about using it for food though
Yes you could do the same thing using a short piece of tubing, and joining both ends with an airline connector to make a ring. But I have found that after a while the tubing doesn't lie as flat as one would like, and the food can slip underneath. I leave my styrofoam ring floating, but I suppose you could afix a suction cup to it so it doesn't travel in the current.

Glad you like the idea Buck; we all know you have been quite a help to the rest of us in the past.

tazcrash69, I seem to recall the idea of someone keeping a bell next to the tank, and ringing it before feeding. No reason to think that that wouldn't work as well.
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I got this as an impulse purchase. It works.

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