Do you overfeed your fish?

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Do you overfeed your fish?

  1. No.

    14.8%
  2. I used to, but now I don't.

    11.1%
  3. Once in a while.

    48.1%
  4. Most of the time.

    14.8%
  5. Yes. I can't help it.

    11.1%
  6. I don't feed my fish.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Do you overfeed your fish? :yaknow:

    Do you give them that little extra because they seem so happy? :wink3:

    Do ya? :sneaky:
     
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  3. Area 51 Exotics

    Area 51 Exotics 3reef Sponsor

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    Guilty....
    I usually have less confrontation...
     
  4. fletch

    fletch Kole Tang

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    Guilty also from time to time :-[
     
  5. seawillow

    seawillow Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Guilty :-[ They just seem so hungry when I stand in front of the tank...they pop their littles heads out of the water as if to say "feed me!"
     
  6. Michaelr5

    Michaelr5 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    I try to go by the '3 minute rule', but they don't always cooperate. Sometimes they are done in 2 and leave a bunch behind. Sometimes after 3 minutes it seems they are saying 'Nice appetizer, what's for dinner?'

    Sigh!
     
  7. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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  9. Birdlady

    Birdlady Finback Whale

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    I don't overfeed the fish, but I do overfeed the corals!!! I love to watch them eat! But I only feed them like that twice per week. Is that overfeeding? I mix frozen cyclopeze and a whole cube of mysis (or formula one or two or sqid or shrimp) in my 58 gallon :p with one fish ::)
     
  10. mmakay

    mmakay Feather Duster

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    Yes, that's overfeeding! ;D

    Honestly, though, there is no such thing as overfeeding if you have enough nutrient export. (Say a 50g display with 4 skimmers and 200g macro refugium! :tongue4: )
     
  11. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I've never really been able to grasp the concept of how much food is too much. But I have started using a Pippet to feed. 1 squirt for the fish then I surf 3Reef for a few minutes then another. That's it.

    Seems to be cutting down on the algae growth while maintaining good healthy fish

    Jason
     
  12. Birdlady

    Birdlady Finback Whale

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    I have a skimmer rated for up to 150 gallon tank, run carbon, and ozone ;D
    I also have a great big huge ball of chaeto in my sump....does that count ;D

    I know, I can't help it! my water is great, but I do get the occasional cyano outbreak...****sigh****

    Did I mention I have mostly LPS coral? I know my limitation! ::)