RSS Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): When Your Fish Is New, Don’t Feed It

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    Terrible Advice Tuesdays: When placing a new fish in a tank, it should not be offered food until it has been in the tank for at least 24 hours.

    The rest of the story: I can understand the rational behind this thinking. The thought is that a new fish will not be interested in food because it is still adjusting to its new surroundings.

    That may be true of the fish you just placed in the tank and this is a great example of where you have to make a judgement call vs. sticking to some black and white rule.

    If the fish is hiding, acting stressed such as resting against rock work, or the side of the tank, I don’t recommend you offer it food. A stressed fish isn’t going to eat and that uneaten food can cause issues in your tank. This fact is especially true if the fish is going into a quarantine tank as a quarantine tank will have less biological filtration than a display tank.

    Also, if there are other fish in the tank, then they can be so aggressive about going after the food that they will bump into the new tank inhabitant, which will only stress the fish more.

    However, if the new fish is swimming around your tank and acting normal for a fish of its type, then I’ll certainly offer it food in small amounts. I’ve seen plenty of fish that will eat hours after being placed in a tank and if the fish is eating, then that will help keep their strength up and keep their immune system functioning properly.

    Use your judgement and if the fish looks ready to eat…feed it!

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