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About six months ago i got a bunch of juvies that were all about the same size. I got some labs, a couple differant kinds of zebras, some kenyis, a bumble bee and a rusty. Since i got them, all of these fish have about tripled in size but the labs are still a LOT smaller than the other fish i baught at the same time. they are only about half the size. Are labs naturally slower growing, smaller fish or is there something wrong with mine?
 

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I've never noticed them growing slower, but I can see how they might not get as much food as the others because of their more passive nature. Rusties are the biggest pigs I've ever kept next to acei.

Try observing at feeding time and see if they seem to be getting their share...I bet you'll find this is the case.

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i have noticed that. i have one large lab (about 3in) who is a PIG but the smaller ones don't eat as much. they do eat but not like the rest of my fish go after it. my adult greshakei is the biggest pig in the tank....is there anything i can do to help this? i can't really think of any way to make sure the labs get more to eat.
 

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Not really...For the most part, they just aren't as aggressive all the way around as other species. Rusties and aceis are the only other comparable species aggression wise, and both of those are absolute pigs, so housing them together wouldn't even solve the problem.

I'm sure they are getting enough to eat!

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I have three labs that also have grown considerably slower than the other haps/peacocks in the tank. but they are getting more than their share of food. I do follow up the usual NLS pellets with some Omega One flakes, though, to spread out the food and give everyone a chance to snap some up, just in case.

I have also taught my Red Empress to take a part of a NLS sinking wafer from the end of a tong, so I can make sure he's getting enough (he's the biggest) without overfeeding the tank. The labs have caught onto this maneuver and I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to teach them to do it as well, to make sure they get a little extra.
 
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