I agree about the fry feeding. No question about that but as for the rest, well, that certainly is different than my feeding schedule. I have always fed very small amounts several times a day. The reason being that I was once told that all fish do is look for food because they never find much. I will certainly take this information to heart and ponder it . Something about it just sounds right.I take a bit stricter approach. Fry need several feedings a day, no question. Mature normal fish (i.e., not predatory but tetras, cories, gourami, rasboras, etc) should not be fed more than once a day, and then not feeding them for one day (or even two, depending) each week can benefit.
Ther more you feed mature fish, the more it affects the biological system obviously, so for example twice daily feedings means double the waste being produced. Aside from that, fish do not need this much food to be healthier, or perhaps healthier is a better term. Fish eat when food is available because their natural instinct tells them too. They spend their entire day foraging for food and in the wild they may manage to get enough. The more they eat, the moree impact on their metabolism, just like all animals including us.
Fish in the aquarium are in a much more artificial environment than in their habitat. Food is readily available, dangers are generally far fewer, and predators (hopefully) non-existent. Food is the energy driving the fish's metabolism which has to deal with these factors along with normal body functions and chemistry, so when the factors are reduced or even non-existent for the most part, the need for all that energy is proportionally less. And we all know what happens because of excess food/energy.I agree about the fry feeding. No question about that but as for the rest, well, that certainly is different than my feeding schedule. I have always fed very small amounts several times a day. The reason being that I was once told that all fish do is look for food because they never find much. I will certainly take this information to heart and ponder it . Something about it just sounds right.
Fish and all animals are opportunistic feeders and will eat whenever food is available. In the wild fish can go for weeks or even months without food and then gorge themselves when food becomes available. Subsequently, most fish can take large meals whenever they are available and small meals if that's all that is available.I always heard that feeding less food more often is better for the fish's digestion. Is that true?
Generally yes, but within reason. This goes back to what I posted about fish eating any/all food they find. This is their natural inherent instinct, to eat when food is before them. The problem is that in the wild this rarely will cause issues because they hunt for food and it is not all that plentiful most times. So, they are very unlikely to "over-eat." In the aquarium we continue to provide food and they will naturally eat it, far more than needed, and this causes internal problems.I always heard that feeding less food more often is better for the fish's digestion. Is that true?
I have never done this, by which I mean that I have never done anything to push fish into spawning. They just do. Most of the eggs are eaten but a few do survive and I have or have had fry (now mature or maturing) from several cory species, pencilfish, tetras, barbs, Farlowella, and so on. The really difficult spawners like my hatchetfish have not spawned so far as I know, and providing some live food might induce this but again I am not aiming for that. I get enough fry as it is. Last October I took over 70 Diamond Tetras, all fry of fry, to a local store, along with Black Ruby Barbs, Farlowella, and over 40 Lemon Tetras. The tetras were each in their own species tanks which is why so many eggs did escape predation and hatch.Byron, Colin, I'm seeing your reasoning and it makes sense. I'm going to change my ways. But one thing does still puzzle me. What about the feeding of fish that are being conditioned for breeding ?