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fuzzy uneaten food?

when I feed my shrimp tank I notice that the leftover food I havn't gotten around to cleaning out gets fuzzy. I'm guessing its from it decomposing. Is there something going wrong in this tank. I already figured to feed them a bit less. I'm just thinking something my be up with the water quality. any ideas?

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leftover food gets fuzzy. I'm guessing its from it decomposing. Is there something going wrong in this tank. I already figured to feed them a bit less.
you guessed correctly.
there is nothing wrong with your water.
you should feed them a lot less, not just a bit less.
assuming your past over-feedings, you should vacuum your gravel as well.


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I realize I am overfeeding but I don't see that happening in my larger tank.

90 gallon planted rainbow fish/ community tank, pressurized C02, 2.8 wpg cf, eco-complete,

1-20 gallon breeding/growout
2-15 gallon breeding/growout
4-10 gallon breeding/growout

currently breeding hi fin red eye swordtails, kribensis, orange platys, trying others
DIY central sump filter w/auto water changing and auto water top off, DIY in-line co2 reactor.
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shrimp eat at a much different pace than fish. It's much more slow and steady. If you took the amount you were previously (over)feeding them, and spread it out to hourly feedings, they would probably consume it all. The problem is, when the food starts to rot they don't want it.

so feel free to feed more often, just in smaller amounts. Also you will see as the cherry shrimp population grows, it is HARD to overfeed!
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well what you have is mold growing on the old food and esarkipato is correct in saying to spread out the feeding hourly i feed my fish 3 x a day but in small amounts since i had the same problem as you but i didn't have shrimp in that tank.

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The uneaten food should be removed. Often times, it leads to the development of planaria (small white worm-like creatures) in the aquarium which are very unsightly.
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