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How often do you feed?

In my 17g I have 8 rasboras and one big fat female guppy along with her 20 juvenile babies. I have been feeding twice a day with a good amount, checked the nitrates and whoa! It's at 40ppm. I did emergency 50% water change, I normally do 30% twice a week. Now to my question, you think once a day feeding will do, or twice a day but very little, Which is better?
I'll just wait for the baby guppies to grow up a bit and I'll take the female to petco.
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I usually feed just enough every 2-3 days. Don't know is that's right or wrong but it's worked for me so far. Fish are way more active on this schedule.
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if the food touches the bottom of your tank, you're overfeeding IMO.
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I overfeed by quite a bit. My fish are very reclusive and I tend to overdo it most of the time, attempting to make sure they see it. 2x daily.
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flake or pellet every couples days, frozen every couple days.

my fish tend to go a few days between feedings, sometimes a week... which reminds me, i need to feed the fish in the 12g...


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I feed my fish every morning at 6:00am. I mix frozen shrimp, frozen bloodworms and flakes in a bowl and stir it up with some aquarium water and serve it up with a turkey baster. I just cap the bowl and put it in the fridge and serve the leftovers the next day.
My 5 barbs eat half a baster serving before it hits the bottom. The rest lands in plants and on the bottom. That's for my 8 Cory cats. I do the baster serving 3 times.
I may be over feeding. But I love feeding time as much as the fish do.
But also, I have a 65gal canister filter on a 20 long tank and do two 25% wc weekly. The filter could have a lot to do with it.
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I feed about 5 evenings per week. Rarely go two days in a row without, but often will choose to skip a day.

I have guppies, betta, and corys.
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I feed maybe 4-5 times per week and not very much at all.
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My fish eat once a day except for the betta fish, she eats every other day, I don't want her plugging up!
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Well it sounds like I'm way overfeeding. I usually don't feed this much, the guppies just eat so fast and a lot. The food barely touch the water and it's quickly eaten, I don't even follow the two minute rule. I forgot, there are also over 100+ cherry shrimp with babies. I'll start to feed once a day and try to skip a day of no feeding, they're not going to like that.
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Once a day here.
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I feed as needed and keep an eye on stomachs for ques if over or under feeding.
I don't have the fish you do, but I feed my active betta male x2 a day (hes not fat and still forages), my otos x2 a week with a zuchini slice (betta will eat some with them.. honest, I have photo proof), large leopard sailfin pleco 1x a night with large chunk of zuchini (or lettuce) and an algae wafer, Madagascar rainbowfish.. technically 2x a day flakes for lunch ad a crumb of algae wafer at night (most but not all nights),shrimp about every other day with tiny sprinkle of algae wafer (still getting feeding amount/times down don't want to over feed can't see bellies to tell easily).

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In my 17g I have 8 rasboras and one big fat female guppy along with her 20 juvenile babies. I have been feeding twice a day with a good amount, checked the nitrates and whoa! It's at 40ppm. I did emergency 50% water change, I normally do 30% twice a week. Now to my question, you think once a day feeding will do, or twice a day but very little, Which is better?
I'll just wait for the baby guppies to grow up a bit and I'll take the female to petco.
i feed once every 2-3 days.

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My tank is in the office, so I feed once daily M-F.

My dwarf gourami is literally ALWAYS eating though. When there is no food in the tank he is constantly foraging for algae and any other plant matter he can fit in his mouth. He leaves piles of bright green veggie-turds all over the aquarium non-stop. They fill the substrate, they collect in the marimos, and they are delicately draped over all the anubias leaves. I have to shake all the plants out before I vacuum the substrate.


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Wow I never realized I must be over feeding. I feed every day 2x a day. My Angelfish are always hungry though, they know what the food can looks like and swim to the top looking for me to drop the food in.

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