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Trippy
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Feeding question!
« on: December 17, 2011, 03:52:53 PM »

I feed my fish every night usually. When I am not home one night, I normally don't worry about them, but when I am gone for more than  that I ask my roommate to feed. It's gotten to where my roommate will feed them any time I am gone, but I recently found out she's been feeding them WAY TOO MUCH. I was away for 1 week and she used an ENTIRE large thing of pellets AND flakes. I told her to not feed them so much. After another incident, I just told her to not worry about feeding them anymore at all. I tried to explain to her the whole "stomach as big as their eyeball" thing, but she (knows nothing about fish) and is convinced I am starving them. She continuously fed them way too much when I was away so I eventually HID the food in my room, thinking if I were to ever be gone more than a couple days I'd set it out.

Now, they were fed on Wednesday night, but I came out to visit my parents on Thursday and have since come dwn with a horrible strep throat and haven't made it back yet. Will they be okay until tomorrow, (sunday) without being fed? I certainly don't want to give my roommate permission to rummage through my room to find their food. (I really dislike her after the yer we've lived together and cant wait to get out..) or should I go ahead and bundle up and head out there to make sure they are fed? They are in a 55 gallon tank. 1 goldfish, 2 angels, and a pleco. I also have a betta in a 1 gal bowl.
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Re: Feeding question!
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011, 04:50:53 PM »

Healthy adult fish can go a week easily without food, so i wouldn't worry about it. Just concentrate on getting well and go back when you feel better.  It's much better to let them go hungry for a while then letting someone without much knowledge about fish overfeed them, perhaps fouling the water in the process and killing the fish.

Whenever you have to go away for 5-7 days or longer, just do a large water change to make sure the water is in good condition and feed them right before you leave. 
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Nossie
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Re: Feeding question!
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2011, 05:50:50 PM »

I agree with nabi, don't you worry about the fish, just get better soon Smiley Generally goldfish can easily survive two weeks at least without food!

You could try explaining this to your roommate:
We, as mammals have our body temperature kept constant by the calories we consume, most of the nutrition we eat is used to keep us warm (which is why we generally eat more in winter and less in summer). Fish and reptiles are cold-blooded creatures where the environment will control their body temperature, meaning that they need but a fraction of what we need to stay healthy!
Goldfish don't even have stomachs, so it's a huge waste and very dangerous to feed them huge amounts once :/ They are better off with small amounts 2-3 times a day, depending on size and age.
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Trippy
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Re: Feeding question!
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2011, 10:29:56 PM »

I tried to make it VERY simplified for her and told her my fish's stomachs were only as big as their eyeballs and thats how much they needed... nope. Still gave them about a HANDFULL. Enough flake food to completely cover the top of the tank. The next day, the food had sunk and was growing mold! I was LIVID.
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Nossie
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Re: Feeding question!
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2011, 05:01:30 AM »

A HANDFULL?! Shocked
You'd better just keep the food hidden from her in the future until you move out.
It's ridiculous how a person that doesn't even keep fish think they know better... :/
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Skwishee
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Re: Feeding question!
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2011, 06:54:15 AM »

That sounds like over-feeding to the extreme, lets hope she never owns fish!

Also I had no idea you could keep angel fish with goldfish...
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Trippy
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2011, 11:26:38 AM »

Yes! I added the angels in February and they get along fine.  I keep the temperature about 76-78 degrees, which is a little cool for angels, a little warm for goldies and they are all doing well.
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Re: Feeding question!
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2011, 11:44:47 AM »

I know lots of people who keep angels with goldfish, but according to the water requirements of the angels, it's not a good idea. They want soft and acidic water since they come from tropical areas with lots of driftwood etc. But of course, goldfish can easily handle a pH of 6, so for the angels to thrive, that's easily arranged Smiley

Skwishee: You should definitely get a book called "Encyclopedia of Aquarium and Pond fish" by David Alderton, it's very cheap and you can look in it to see if you can find any fish that would go along with goldfishes' water requirements and such Smiley
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Re: Feeding question!
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2011, 02:00:33 PM »

I also am sure to get all of my fish from the same fish store near my house that I know uses the same water source, so they are all acclimated to the same water before I even bring them home.
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Re: Feeding question!
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2011, 02:31:36 PM »

Very good idea! Smiley
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Skwishee
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Re: Feeding question!
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2011, 05:55:22 PM »

Ohh thanks for the book recommendation Nossie  Cheesy

I trust it has correct information for Goldfish  Grin
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Nossie
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Re: Feeding question!
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2011, 06:41:05 PM »

It doesn't Tongue
The pictures of the goldfish varieties are really bad, the ryukin section has photos of fantails etc. But otherwise, it's a good source for general info. The Fancy Goldfish book is a lot better if you want more specific and advanced info Smiley (I use both regularly, and love looking at the pics!)
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