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How do I really know if I'm overfeeding?
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kaoschan
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PostPosted: 2003.06.20(Fri)15:25    Post subject: How do I really know if I'm overfeeding? Reply with quote

I know the usual feeding rule is what ever fish can eat within 5 minutes, but these are goldfish we're talking about here...

My basic problem is this:

I have a 65 gal. with 4 goldfish who are all of course eating machines so whatever I put in they eat within a few minutes. I feed them once to twice a day (usually pellets, but I'll throw in frozen fish cubes also several times a week in place of a meal). But I also have a recurring free-floating algae problem which I'm sure is partly light-related, but it's also a planted tank so I'm in a bit of a quandary. Should I consider cutting their food (a person at the lfs mentioned they shouldn't get fed more than once a day)? Is there any measure of how much food a goldfish should get anyway?
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PostPosted: 2003.06.20(Fri)21:39    Post subject: eyeballing food amounts Reply with quote

A meal for a fish should be about the size of the fish's eyeball.
Goldfish do not have stomachs and will continue to eat, just pushing it out the other end undigested. In the pond they will graze all day long on algae.

I'd suggest feeding once a day, agreeing with the fish store person.

I hope you are thawing that frozen food and draining it, that juice can be the cause of the algae problem. I put the cube in a very fine strainer and then rinse in warm water to thaw it. That way only food goes into the tank, not juice.

If you let some plants grow across the surface, this could also help reduce the algae by limiting some of the light that enters the tank.
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PostPosted: 2003.06.21(Sat)13:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your fish are growing, you are feeding enough. You can try cutting back and seeing if the algae improves/growth slows down.
The best way to fix your problem is to post on the Plants or Chemistry board with lots more info.
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kaoschan
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PostPosted: 2003.06.24(Tue)20:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the help! I have actually cut down a bit on their food (I figure they do get enough since they also systematically destroy the plants all day).

We'll see on the algae!
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