Does flake size matter?

connorjs1004

I have been feeding my tanks the Aqueon brand flakes for a while now, and for some reason the container I got a few weeks ago, all the flakes were very very small, almost to the point of a powdery substance. And since then I feel like some of my bigger fish are having a hard time seeing it because it floats right next to them and they don't even react. Before, the whole tank would go into a frenzy and everything would be gone quickly. When I feed now, I notice that there is a lot more left over food even though I am feeding the same amount.

I guess my question is, should I try a new and bigger flake to see if they will eat it? And if so, does anyone know of any bigger sized flakes?
Thanks in advance :)
 

PAcanis

I've got just the opposite problem. I'm having to rub my flakes together to try to make them smaller. Since I hold my pinch of food under the surface before releasing (I only have a few top feeders) the bigger flakes drop like a rock and often stay stuck together. Once they hit bottom they get very little attention.

I've tried dropping smaller amounts in different areas just to try to get everybody eating at the same time.

I don't know why fish food isn't sorted by size.
 

Aquarium77

You could try a bigger flake, what I feed my fish is Fluvial bug bites with black soilder fly larvae, most of the flakes are pretty big.
 

GlennO

I think in most cases pellets of an appropriate size are a better choice than flakes.
 

jaysurf7

When i feed flakes ive noticed that also when ,they get smaller toward the bottom i think its beacuse the way it settles in the container over time or the way its packed at the factory.Wardleys and Tetra make large flakes i remember a while back i used to use them you could most likely get them in a LFS ,Don't think the big chains carry it.Aqueon flakes are pretty small when i got them but the fish do like them.
 

carsonsgjs

I think in most cases you are lucky to get 50% of flakes in a tub that aren’t completely ground down to dust. Handy for feeding fry, not so for larger fish and maintaining your water quality.

As GlennO says, pellets are a better alternative as they aren’t as easy to break up in transit.
 

connorjs1004

I've got just the opposite problem. I'm having to rub my flakes together to try to make them smaller. Since I hold my pinch of food under the surface before releasing (I only have a few top feeders) the bigger flakes drop like a rock and often stay stuck together. Once they hit bottom they get very little attention.

I've tried dropping smaller amounts in different areas just to try to get everybody eating at the same time.

I don't know why fish food isn't sorted by size.
I have tried keeping it on the surface and submerging it too but nothing entices them.

That would make life so much easier wouldn't it :)
I think in most cases pellets of an appropriate size are a better choice than flakes.
Do you know a specific one?
I use sinking pellets and algae wafers but I didn't know that they had ones that float around.
 

GlennO

Are they not eating them? Quite a few brands have floating pellets but I find most fish will take slow sinking ones. I personally like New Life Spectrum and they have a variety of pellet sizes. I also use Hikari micro pellets for very small fish.
 

kallililly1973

We feed a very wide variety of foods. Our go to flake food is Omega color enhancing tropical flakes. They always feel fresh and crumble up nice and small for everyone. I highly recommend them. whenever we feed dry food we always drop it right in front of the return side of our canister or HOB. That way it kind of looks like its snowing food but everyone on all levels are always guaranteed to get some.
 

connorjs1004

Are they not eating them? Quite a few brands have floating pellets but I find most fish will take slow sinking ones. I personally like New Life Spectrum and they have a variety of pellet sizes. I also use Hikari micro pellets for very small fish.
They eat them for a little bit after I drop them in, but they become uninterested after a short time.
We feed a very wide variety of foods. Our go to flake food is Omega color enhancing tropical flakes. They always feel fresh and crumble up nice and small for everyone. I highly recommend them. whenever we feed dry food we always drop it right in front of the return side of our canister or HOB. That way it kind of looks like its snowing food but everyone on all levels are always guaranteed to get some.
The same thing happens when I feed the 10g and 29g, all the food goes to all levels, but in this tank I only have sponge filters so there isn't anything really making them move around a ton.
 

kallililly1973

They eat them for a little bit after I drop them in, but they become uninterested after a short time.

The same thing happens when I feed the 10g and 29g, all the food goes to all levels, but in this tank I only have sponge filters so there isn't anything really making them move around a ton.
I would feed a bit less and when you drop them in that tank take a small cup of the tank water and swirl the flakes around then submerge the cup and everything should float around
 

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