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Old 09-01-2014, 07:53 AM
 
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So if you've been following, we are relatively new owners of three tetras, an albino catfish and a snail (which we inherited with a live plant we bought). They all seem to be doing very well, but...

We got one of the tetras, a bloodfin, a week after we got the other fish. Until then, the other fish seemed to have been eating fairly equal amounts of food.

As recommended by our local fish store specialist and the gentleman who got me started with fish who owns a 40-gallon, we have only been feeding the fish a pinchful of food once a day.

Since we got the bloodfin, s/he's been going up to get almost all of the food. Within a couple of minutes, all the food is gone.

I know that overfeeding the fish is never recommended, but what, if anything, should we do differently to make sure the other fish are getting enough food?

Please help. Thanks!
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Old 09-13-2014, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Squirrel Hill PA
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I have the opposite problem. Two of my three fish tend to eat all of the food before the third can get a bite. She's a "special fish" and seems to have a little trouble getting herself sorted out to grab food at the surface. So I just separate her in a little cup at feeding time. I leave her until she has eaten all of her food and then let her back into the tank. She is so accustomed to this routine that she will sometimes swim into the cup when I present it.

Perhaps you can just separate out our trouble maker at feeding time so the other fish can have a chance to eat.
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Old 09-13-2014, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Are you feeding the cats flakefood also ? You might want to try some Omega One discs that sink to the bottom. Also blanched zuchini is loved my my plecos and corys too as well as the snail in my shrimp tank. Blanch and put in for up to 24hrs. Youll have to weigh it down. As for feeding, I do whatever they will consume in under a minute, ever other day.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:11 AM
 
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Thanks for the comments. Brian, the cats get whatever goes down, whether they're flakes or bloodworms. I can look into the Omega One discs.

It's been a few weeks and they all seem to be peacefully coexisting. I do see that the cat's always frantically looking for food, though I was told that this is very normal.
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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Yeah cats do that a lot, theyre always searching the bottle of the tank. That's what you want them to do. I have 8 (soon to be more) Cory's that do it. They'll love a blanched zuchini as will the Pleco too. Just a bit of variation.
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