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Re: Another Feeding Question

PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:53 pm
by Aaron S
I throw quite a bit in the tank and it is all eaten by something, so how much each individual fish gets, I don't know. I think 20 of those pellets is reasonable. I feed once per day (and sometimes skip days). Just watch their stomachs after you feed them and make sure they aren't too chubby and that everyone is getting something. The problem will always be that one fish that eats all the food while others are left with scraps.

Re: Another Feeding Question

PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:38 am
by aausa1983
So, I started feeding a lot more starting in December. I fed probably 3 times what I was feeding and the cichlids have noticeably grown. As I mentioned before, I got a lot of them when they were around 2 inches to 2.5 inches. Here are their current sizes. I have had them since April. I know it's hard to determine if the growth is accurate, but any input would be appreciated if something does stick out so that I do or don't continue with the current feeding regimen.

Blue Regal (male) - 4 inches
Blue Neon (male) - 3.5 inches
Flameback (male) - 3+ inches
Yellow Lab (male) - 3.5 inches
Mbuna hybrid (male) - 3.75+ inches
Yellow Tail Acei (male) - 3.75 inches
Blue Moorii (???) - 3.5 inches
Red Empress (female???) - 3.75+ inches
Dragon Blood (female) - 3.25 inches
White Lab (female) - 2.75 inches

Re: Another Feeding Question

PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:03 pm
by DJRansome
Are their bellies curved inward, outward or flat?

Water quality may have more to do with growth than food.

Re: Another Feeding Question

PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:51 am
by aausa1983
DJRansome wrote:Are their bellies curved inward, outward or flat?

Water quality may have more to do with growth than food.


Here are some pics I took today. http://share.pho.to/Acop5

Re: Another Feeding Question

PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:37 am
by DJRansome
They look well fed. The yellow lab looks a little stubby and/or chubby...maybe just the angle? And the flameback looks a little skinny, probably too timid for the group.

Re: Another Feeding Question

PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:52 pm
by aausa1983
DJRansome wrote:They look well fed. The yellow lab looks a little stubby and/or chubby...maybe just the angle? And the flameback looks a little skinny, probably too timid for the group.


Thanks. Yes, I found out the little guy doesn't like NLS. Once I switched to Hikari, he lit up. Before that, he was completely gray.

Based on your experience, does their growth look sufficient to you at this point (after owning them 9-10 months)?

Re: Another Feeding Question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:29 pm
by Nyboy
DJRansome wrote:I feel pellets to all. I have about 100 cichlids. The pellets are 1mm size.

When thinking in terms of "per fish" I think about the size of the eye. I understand the fish stomach is the size of the eye so I shoot for that amount.

Realistically, maybe1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon for a 75G tank daily.
I have read stomach is size of eye a few different places. Then I watch my Jack eat 2 goldfish one right after the other. Does all food eaten go in to stomach or do the have a holding place like crop on a bird?

Re: Another Feeding Question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:34 pm
by aausa1983
Nyboy wrote:
DJRansome wrote:I feel pellets to all. I have about 100 cichlids. The pellets are 1mm size.

When thinking in terms of "per fish" I think about the size of the eye. I understand the fish stomach is the size of the eye so I shoot for that amount.

Realistically, maybe1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon for a 75G tank daily.
I have read stomach is size of eye a few different places. Then I watch my Jack eat 2 goldfish one right after the other. Does all food eaten go in to stomach or do the have a holding place like crop on a bird?


That stomach is the size of the eye phrase is ridiculous. It totally screwed my feeding regiment. My fish were underfed for months because I followed that. Now I feed them as much as they can eat in 3 minutes twice a day. No problems. Good growth.

Re: Another Feeding Question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:51 pm
by DJRansome
Maybe it just works for fry. Well 3 minutes is way more than the usual suggestion (which is 30 seconds) and it's more than I feed. But glad to hear your fish health has improved!

Re: Another Feeding Question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:57 pm
by aausa1983
DJRansome wrote:Maybe it just works for fry. Well 3 minutes is way more than the usual suggestion (which is 30 seconds) and it's more than I feed. But glad to hear your fish health has improved!


That's what I used to do and it wasn't working so I called 3 cichlid store owners, all of which are listed on this site and very popular. One owner straight out advised me to feed what they can finish in 3 minutes twice a day. I mentioned that to the other 2 owners and they agreed.

Re: Another Feeding Question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:21 pm
by DJRansome
Well, they do sell fish food. But regardless, I'm glad the new routine is working for you.

Re: Another Feeding Question

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:20 am
by Nyboy
I feed small meals 3 to 4 times a day. That seems the most natural way to go. Fish in the wild don't eat 1 meal but forge all day.