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Change of plan...No Bubbles = More Food

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Speckles

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Ok, so for the last IDK...month maybe Ive been feeding the babies quite small amounts of pellet food (1-2 crushed) plus duckweed (~1tbl spoon).

Anyway the thing is I would have loved to feed them more but the Ranchu especially Tom (whom now I think should be Tombellina) would start floating or head spinning/diving...very frustrating. The thing is it was not what i was feeding them so much as their desire to go to the surface to graze on bubbles and air after the food was gone :yikes , talk about desperadoes!

I did have some success previously with plants on the surface buffering the bubbles from the bubbler, but the plants became messy and so on so I removed them.

Hmmmmm :hummm

Ok, so I cant turn the bubbler off completely cos my tank is taller than it is wide etc so need them for the air exchange in water (IDK, the deal is if i dont have bubbles I get green water :o)

So, why not just turn the bubbles off when I feed them and leave it off for a bit until the feeding frenzy is over...well I did do this and fed them 2x 1cm cubes of gel food. Success no floating!!! :clapping: If I had fed this with the bubbles on there would have been floating for sure. Then for the second feed (this is the real test) I turned off the bubbles again, they got a pinch of 1mm pellets (~15-20pellets). Waited till they had stopped frantically feeding and grazing then turned the bubbles back on.

Eureka!!! Still no floating!

I really hope this continues because the floating is so stressful and I want to feed my water piggies what they need :).

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