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How can you tell if a fish is territorial?

Such signs include marks on its body and nips on its fins. A fish that is injured will shy away from the other fish to give itself time to heal. Territorial fish are likely to be aggressive toward fish of their own species that are of the same sex.

How do I know if my fish is underfeeding?

Signs of underfeeding is skinny fish or dying fish. Signs of overfeeding is fat fish. High ammonia levels. When you clean the tank you get a ton of debris and you find it hard to collect most of it. Fish are not eating all of the food you give them.

How do I know if my fish are in the same species?

Please note that similar looking fish may consider the other to be in the same species. Watch your fish’s reaction as other tank mates swim past them and learn who he likes and dislikes. A short chase of two inches means they are safe, while a long unending chase is a problem that will not be solved without intervention.

Is it possible to underfeed a fish?

I would you can’t really underfeed unless you go weeks without food. but what are some signs of overfeeding? You only feed as much food as your fish will eat in 5 minutes and what food they do not eat you remove. Signs of underfeeding is skinny fish or dying fish.

How do I know if my fish is overfeeding?

Signs of overfeeding is fat fish. High ammonia levels. When you clean the tank you get a ton of debris and you find it hard to collect most of it. Fish are not eating all of the food you give them.

Can you just keep feeding fish until Cows Come Home?

Many people, especially beginners, think that they can just keep feeding fish until the cows come home. Can you overfeed fish? Yes, while your fish do need an adequate amount of food, it is possible to overfeed your fish.

Is it bad for fish to eat uneaten food?

At the same time, uneaten food that is not removed from the fish tank also begins to decay, thus creating even more ammonia and nitrates. This is bad for your fish, plus it will force the biological filtration aspect of your filtration system to work overtime to compensate.

Are You feeding your fish too much food?

If there is food remaining in the tank and floating to the bottom, you’re giving your fish too much feed. Aquarium clues The appearance of your aquarium will give you clues as to whether you’re feeding your fish too much. If food is accumulating in the tank and the filter, it’s a sign that you’re providing too much food.

How do I know if I overfeed my fish?

There are several signs in your fish and tank that show you’re overfeeding. If you overfeed your fish you can compromise the quality of water it’s living in. Cloudy water is a sign that something organic is rotting in the tank. This is usually the result of uneaten food having fallen to the bottom of the tank and rotting.

Is it OK to add fish to a fish tank?

This can really upset your fish. So whenever possible don’t add fish to the tank until you’re happy with the visual appearance and layout. To many non-aquarists, fish tanks are all the same. We aquarists know this couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Why do my fish keep feeding themselves?

They keep feeding their fish because their fish keep eating. This produces a lot of waste and can mess up the nitrogen cycle. When you start, you should feed your fish once day; this will prevent over feeding.

What happens if you eat uneaten fish food?

Here are some negative effects uneaten food can have on your aquarium: Uneaten fish food releases toxic ammonia and nitrite as it decomposes. This is especially dangerous to newer aquariums where the nitrifying bacteria that gets rid of these toxins hasn’t had a chance to fully develop.

Is it OK to underfeed a fish?

It’s always best to underfeed, especially in new aquariums, as uneaten food can cloud your water and cause dangerous rises in ammonia and nitrite levels. A general rule of thumb is to feed only what your fish can consume in 2 to 3 minutes. When in doubt, start with a tiny quantity and observe how fast your fish consume it.

What does it mean to overfeed a fish?

The term “overfeeding” means feeding more food than your fish needs or wants to eat in one feeding. Even hobbyists who only feed once a day or every other day can be guilty of overfeeding if the food is not completely consumed in less than 2 or 3 minutes.

How do I know if my fish is eating too much?

Food on the bottom of the tank Whenever you see flake food resting on the bottom of the aquarium and no fish are eating it, you know you’ve feed too much. If flakes are not consumed within a minute or two, chances are they will just soften and decay on the bottom of the tank.

Why do fish hang out near fast flowing water?

Fish are typically opportunistic feeders, so they’ll hang out near fast-flowing water when not actively seeking out prey and face upstream. This allows them to feed on insects and smaller fish caught in the current without having to chase after them.

What happens to fish when things settle down?

Things will usually settle down quickly, but fish that are already weak can succumb to the stress of the changes in water conditions. A chain reaction can occur — one fish dies, adding more organic toxins in the water, and another fish that is already stressed dies.

Why do my fish eat my small fish?

So your fish are naturally opportunistic when it comes to eating. The big fish will eat the small fish because in their mind they don’t know when their next meal will come so you might as well eat now. A part of the opportunist attitude is getting food the easiest way possible. If they can just hang out and have food brought to them they will.

Is it better to overfeed or underfeed fish?

It’s always best to underfeed, especially in new aquariums, as uneaten food can cloud your water and cause dangerous rises in ammonia and nitrite levels. A general rule of thumb is to feed only what your fish can consume in 2 to 3 minutes.

Why do fish swim with their gills open?

This is for two reasons, it mimics the fish’s natural environment and the disruption of the water gives the fish oxygen to breath. When the water flows by their gills it gives them a chance to take a breath.

Why is my fish dying from the bottom up?

This is caused by a bacterial “bloom” and will clear in a few days. These blooms are usually harmless to fish. Aqueon Water Clarifier will help speed up the process.

What happens when you move a fish from one place to another?

Water changes, especially large ones will only prolong the bloom and may stress your fish. Your new fish may hide at first. They are likely stressed from being moved from the store and placed in a new environment. Make sure you have plenty of cover and hiding places to make them feel safe and secure.

Why is my fish not eating his food?

Your fish may have an internal disease, like a tumour or a gut blockage. Perhaps your food has gone off (check the use-by date, smell and check that it has been stored correctly). Perhaps your fish has just become picky and is bored of eating the same food every day.