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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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Sudden Death By Gluttony

Those of us who overfeed our fish ( I think it is most of us) with dry foods will get a few sudden deaths by gluttony, especially in well stocked community tanks. Dry foods eaten fast, when too much, becomes gross excess after it starts puffing up on absorption of water. It’s been an experience of mine, especially during the time I away from town and dry-food was the staple for the fish.

Now I no longer feed dry food. Even freeze dried foods, are soaked in luke-warm water before being introduced into a community aquarium. With cichlid tanks I don’t worry, but the barb/rainbow/tetra communities have such a disparity in feeding habits, I dare not introduce dry foods.

I would like to know the experiences and feeding strategies used by other aquarist in like conditions.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 12:57 PM
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Agreed.

After feeding my tetras dry food "straight" a few started displaying odd swimming behaviour - being unable to swim upright or hold a certain position in the water (i assume the food pressed on the swim bladder).
So all food is soaked first - no problems since.
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a trick I have been using lately to avoid the risk of fish eating food while it's still too dry is to sprinkle the food between floating plants or stems that have grown to the surface. the few extra seconds the fish need to find and push the food out between the leaves give it time to rehydrate better, and I find watching their natural savaging behavior to be more entertaining. all this extra activity breaks up the food into smaller bits that less proactive fish get to eat as it falls below, and assures that some food get caught in the stems for snacking on later.


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