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I feed NLS 1mm sinking pellets and feed more like Malawilover only I don't give such a big pinch (just use my thumb and forefinger plus I have small fingers too).

I put a pinch at each end of the tank and watch for pellets hitting the bottom (I don't like this to happen and it doesn't much). Depending on how well they are eating determins how many pinches I give. I take some time and give them time to chew between pinches once a day. They get smaller feedings a couple more times a day.

I use the NLS algea wafers for our Leporinus and plecos (I have 2 of each). I break 2 wafers in half so there are 4 pieces and feed this twice a day. I really think my plecos sleep at night because they are active all day.
 

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I put the wafers in first. The mbuna nibble at it as it's falling down but as soon as they see their pellets coming they leave the wafers alone. Even if the plecos and leporinus don't take them right away, the mbuna don't bother them once they hit the bottom. I guess they have their tummies full of pellets by then :? .
 

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When I put in zucchini or other veggies (something I haven't done for a while), I put in 2-3 pieces because I usually have 1 or 2 mbuna that think they are the king of the hill and will try to keep the piece for themselves (even if they don't want to eat it, they don't want anybody else to have it). It's more of a power thing than an ravenous appetite.

I have some species that can be nasty so I've done everything I can think of to keep aggression down. I've overstocked and keep them well fed. I've been told that overfeeding isn't good for their health but neither is fighting lol. I prefer to think of it as well fed instead of overfed and I really do think there is a difference. I usually feed 3 times a day. One larger feed and a couple small ones. I think they know they won't go hungry so they don't act like such pigs...well, not to much anyway, they are still mbuna after all lol.
 

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That's good to hear TailorO. I agree with you in that just giving them what they can eat in so many seconds or minutes is hard to do and it's also hard to know if they are all getting some.

The one big feeding I do a day (I do 2 more small feeds usually) takes several minutes. I put a pinch on each side of the tank and the bigger piggies get the first bites so I put another pinch in each side pretty quick so the others can get a bite while the first ones are chewing. Then I wait a little and give them time to chew & swallow before putting more in.

I don't want food laying on the bottom so I watch pretty close as they eat and adjust the pinches accordingly. It does take more time this way but I'm more satisfied that they are all getting some and not much is being waisted.
 
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