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Spirulina Cichlid pellets

One of the most important aspects of maintaining an aquarium is feeding the fish.  They are dependant on your proper care.  Most fish eat flake foods, but refer to the Fish Facts tab to get information on specific species and their diets.  For example, African cichlids eat mainly algae based foods, like spirulina, and they don't require high protein insect based flakes.  Feed your fish at least twice a day and try to make sure they finish eating in a couple of minutes.  Don't feed all the food at once - spread out the length of the feeding period.  Make sure each fish is finding some of the food, including the bottom dwellers.  There are two basic situations to watch for:

  1. Feeding too much.  When fish are no longer hungry, they will ignore further feedings and the food will settle at the bottom and begin to pollute the tank. As long as they are eating all the food, you can increase the number of feedings, but clouded water is a sure sign you have fed them too much and its time for a water change - read the Water Quality section again.

  2. Feeding too little.  This situation is easy to recognize in the early stages.  Your middle & lower level swimmers and your shy fish will come to the top and compete for food - a sure sign that they are starving, because they don't want to be there.  Increase the length of time for each feeding or the number of feedings.

Fish can go without food for days at a time, so you can leave them without food on a short vacation.  For longer absences you can buy foods that will release in the water for periods of up to a week.  If you are having trouble with an ammonia spike, it's a good idea to reduce or stop feeding your fish.

See more information about feeding fry.

Automatic Fish Feeders by LittleHippyGirl: Never use those feeder blocks, there are so many horror stories about those. People usually come back to polluted water and dead fish. Automatic feeders have their share of horrors too, but much less. If you really need to buy one, get a high quality brand and test it out for a week before you leave. When you go on vacation, friends and neighbors are your best bet, just make sure they don't feed them too much and only every other day. Fish can survive for a long long time with little or no food. I just went on vacation for a couple weeks and I had my boyfriend take care of my animals and plants. He laughed at me because I left a 2 page letter on specific care and what to do incase of emergency, but almost everyone is fine now...just can't seem to find my ghost shrimp I came back to a sputtering filter though, and figured out the power had gone out like Lemuel said. That filter motor was fried but luckily I had a spare motor for that model. So yeah, power outages are something to look out for. I hadn't had one in 2 years so I had forgotten about that.