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Hi guys Just a quick question about feeding and growth rates. I got my baby ranchu and oranda about 6 weeks ago. The ranchu weighed 5g and the oranda 4g. Both of them were about an inch long, maximum, nose to base of tail. I've been feeding them 1% of their combined body weight, so 0.09g. I'm feeding a mixture of Saki Hikari (purple bag) and Hikari Lionhead, and a bit of repashy soilent green gel food. So it works out at 7 saki Hikari pellets and 4 lionhead, and I've been giving them a small amount of repashy here and there, and they always have some elodea or veg in a veggie clip for them to nibble on. Does that sound like enough? It just seems like a tiny amount of pellets. I know goldies are always hungry, and I definitely don't want to overfeed them, but I guess I'm just curious to know how much other people feed baby fish? Should I be giving them more than 1%? Many thanks for all your time and advice as always
I know some of you may have scales that can weigh fish but not effectively weigh small amounts of food, so I went ahead and weighed all the different foods I have for you! I weighed them out in the smallest amount my scale will recognize which is .1 grams, so you'll have to do some math on your own to figure out how much to feed, but I hope this helps some people out. For the repashy I took picture of 1 gram and .1 grams just to give you a frame of reference. Obviously, how thick you make it and how big you cut it will change how heavy a piece is - I couldn't think of a good way to do this one, but at least you can get a frame of reference and estimate from there. Young, growing goldfish should be getting anywhere between .5 -1% of their body weight in pellets per day. If you are feeding gel foods which contain more water weight you can go with a higher percentage such as 2-3% of body weight. Weights of Different Foods: Saki Hikari purple bag: ~25 pellets = .1 gram New Life Spectrum: ~30 pellets = .1 gram ProGold: 6 pellets = .1 gram Hikari Lionhead: 12 pellets = .1 gram Omega One Goldfish Pellets - Small: 30 pellets = .1 gram. Repashy: 1 gram: Repashy .1 grams: