****! Accidentally fed WAY too much

kujoe

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Ok, so today when I went to feed my Flame Tetras (von rios) my son bumped me and I dumped a heck of a lot of flakes in the tank. I tried to scoop up as much as possible, but a lot of them sank and when I try to grab them by hand they just crumble worse.

The fish definitely loved it and are darting around eating as much as they can...but even if they're gluttons there's no way they can eat all that.

What do I do? Just leave it? I'm in the middle of a cycle WITH fish using a product similar to TSS. It's called "Stability" and it's made by the same people that make Prime.

Help! Please!
 

Cichlidude

Member
Grab your fish net and start scooping. Then just don't feed for a few days. They should be fine.
 
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kujoe

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Cichlidude said:
Grab your fish net and start scooping. Then just don't feed for a few days. They should be fine.
I've been watching them, and they look eager to eat anything that's floating around in their tank, but they seem to ignore anything on the bottom of the tank. Is that stuff a lost cause?

How long can they go without being fed?

Thanks again!
 

angelfish220

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I would gravel vac the extra flakes up. And healthy fish can go for at least 2 days without eating, probably more but I've never fasted mine that long so I can't say for sure.
 

Cichlidude

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Healthy fish can go a lot longer that 2 days, more like 5-6 days with no issues.
 
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kujoe

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Is gravel vacuuming smart considering the tank is in the middle of a cycle?
 

Cichlidude

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Your only going to vacuum the food, so a light vacuum is fine.
 

AlyeskaGirl

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Yup, surface gravel vac, you don't want to leave it in there as it will contribute to rising ammonia levels and since you are cycling with fish you don't want that. Goodluck!
 
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jdhef

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kujoe said:
I'm in the middle of a cycle WITH fish using a product similar to TSS. It's called "Stability" and it's made by the same people that make Prime.
Sadly while Stability is similar to SafeStart, it is different in one very important aspect. The bacteria contained in Stability is a terrestria bacteria that will only live in an aquatic environment for a short amount of time, then dies off. This is why the instructions have you add it every week...for the life of the tank.

SafeStart contains the aquatic form of the bacteria. You add it once and you're good forever.
 

LyndaB

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I'm sure at one point or another, we've all had an "oops" moment with fish food. Now, I put the containers on the dining room table, mix what I want in the palm of my hand and then just sprinkle that into the tank. No margin for error here. I would never just shake a container (not that that's what happened with you) over my tanks. Not with 3 dogs and a husband running around. ops:
 
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