Feeding Pleco Fry

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A quick question. Is it possible to over feed pleco fry. I am feeding them zucchini, green bell pepper, sinking bottom feeder wafers, shrimp pellets and veggie rounds. I don't feed all the different processed food daily. I rotate them but I do constantly have some fresh veggies in there.

They are going through a 2 inch long piece of zucchini daily or a 2 inch wide 4 inch long slice of bell pepper. Along with the processed food I add daily.

I know fry need more food than adults but am I over feeding them? I am guessing there are approximately 50 fry in there. They are 5 1/2 weeks old now. Is it alright to constantly keep a piece of veggie in for them? I put a fresh piece in daily and it is all gone by the next day.
 

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When I breed my BN I keep food in the tank fresh veggie's in every day and change it out daily, just stay on top of your water changes.
 

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As yukondog pointed out, you can feed them constantly as long as you are really on top of WCs. I do two 50% water changes a day for my fry. I've noticed that produces much healthier fish and they grow faster too.
 
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yukondog said:
When I breed my BN I keep food in the tank fresh veggie's in every day and change it out daily, just stay on top of your water changes.
Thank you. I kinda figured that to be the case. I change out 75% of the water every other day and on the no water change day I suction up the waste with my trusty turkey baster.
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As yukondog pointed out, you can feed them constantly as long as you are really on top of WCs. I do two 50% water changes a day for my fry. I've noticed that produces much healthier fish and they grow faster too.
Twice a day? Maybe I should be doing it every day instead of every other day. I know these little guy are growing like weeds.
 

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mattgirl said:
Thank you. I kinda figured that to be the case. I change out 75% of the water every other day and on the no water change day I suction up the waste with my trusty turkey baster.

Twice a day? Maybe I should be doing it every day instead of every other day. I know these little guy are growing like weeds.
I do it twice a day, but I don't think its necessary for everyone, tbh. Really depends on the size of your tank and # of fry. I would recommend no less then 50% a day if you have more then two fry for every gallon of water.
 
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I know some folks will be horrified to read this but right now they are in a 3 gallon sterlite storage tote. I had a well seeded sponge filter so was able to instantly cycle this little container. I do keep a close eye on the perimeters and so far the cycle is holding steady.

I will be moving them to a bigger home in a couple of weeks. I wanted them bigger before I moved them to my 15 gallon grow out tank. Right now I have a couple of mollies in it so don't want to take a chance if the fry being harassed or even eaten by the mollies.
 

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mattgirl said:
I know some folks will be horrified to read this but right now they are in a 3 gallon sterlite storage tote. I had a well seeded sponge filter so was able to instantly cycle this little container. I do keep a close eye on the perimeters and so far the cycle is holding steady.

I will be moving them to a bigger home in a couple of weeks. I wanted them bigger before I moved them to my 15 gallon grow out tank. Right now I have a couple of mollies in it so don't want to take a chance if the fry being harassed or even eaten by the mollies.
I had 75 pleco fry in a 4 gallon for a few weeks when I wasn't expecting babies and didn't have a spare tank and I'd do two 50% water changes a day and it was fine. So no I'm not too horrified :p
 
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