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Feeding Dish


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Both of my tanks have gravel and I feed sinking pellets. Well the pellets, in the feeding frenzy, would get buried in the gravel or fly everywhere with the current. It would then other be sucked up into the filter or just disintegrate in the gravel. So I had these 6 inch flower pot bases (you know the ones underneath the pot that collect excess water when you water your plants) that I had just bought and leftover tubes from an under gravel filter that came with my tank. I put the base in the tank (after washing it thoroughly) and covered it with a very thin layer of gravel, just enough to hold it in place. Now when I feed my goldies I put the tube into the water over the food dish, dump the pellets in the tube, let them sink, and remove the tube. It keeps the pellets in a concentrated area and doesn't let them go deep down into the gravel. The goldies can easily move the gravel on the plate to access the pellets. Plus if you have issues with some fish not getting enough food during feeding because of other dominant fish, you can set up two of these, so each fish will have their own dish.

So, you ask, does it work? Well, my fish now rush over to the feeding dish when they see the tube enter the water... I have one 7 inch oranda that rams it the minute the food gets close to the bottom :P . The first week it was in there, the more dominant goldies actually staked out claims over the dish, they would even nap in it. Nowadays during feeding time, one tanks fish takes their turns eating from the dish whereas in the other tank the two dominant fish circle the bowl wrapping each other with their tails while the smaller guys merely take what they want. ("No my food..." "No, MINE"). Plus I no longer have issues with filters clogging before their weekly rinse.

Couple things... try to get a high sided flower pot base, because lower sides will allow food over the sides. If the edges of the base are sharp, just roll them/blunt them with a pair of pliers so your goldies aren't cut. You can purchase a clear base if you don't like the artificial look of the dish. Oh, and the bases range from $.50 to $1.60 at any gardening center. I am not sure about the tube, but I am sure you can find it at any major pet store or hardware store.

Thats it... Goodluck!

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What a fantastic idea! I love the image of your goldies 'staking their claims' in the bowl. :lol:

I think a feeding bowl would also work well for other foods like fruit. Every time I feed my fish a slice of orange, they push it round the tank until it gets wedged under plants or behind the filter where they can't get at it, and I have to keep pulling it back out for them. Think I'll give your idea a try next time! :D

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Oh! Thanks! That's a great idea! I have new fish added to a tank where the only inhabitant has always been alone - he is hogging the food! I will try this right away! Congrats for The tip of the Month! :flowers

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Thank you for this great tip!! I was having trouble with one fish hogging all the food and didn't ever get around to doing much about it. :(

Then I changed out my gravel and put in river rocks. Well, when i put in the sinking pellets they would sink to the bottom and fall between the rocks (which are too big for the fish to move). This drove the fish nuts because they could smell the food but not get to it.

So off to Lowe's I went. I got 2 terra cotta saucers (which are heavy enough that I don't have to put any rocks in to hold down). Then across the parking lot to vvvv to get some tubing for undergravel filters that would reach to the bottom of my tank.

In went the tubing, down went the food onto the saucers--the fish figured it out in seconds!! They ate up the food in no time flat!! So now I have 2 saucers and 2 sets of tubes to drop the food down. They each have their own dish and get fed equally. The pellets don't even get the chance to get between the rocks cuz the fish gobble them up off of the saucers so quickly!!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for sharing this most useful tip!! :thanks

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I have to thank you for this idea too! My blind albino moor was simply not getting his food, so we went to Pier One and got a glass candle dish with a small lip for $1.00, and have been using that. It looks really good in the tank since i used clear and blue marbles in the bottom, and It works GREAT and we're not waisting NEARLY enough food. I tap the side of the tank with the tube before lowering it, or tap the plate before releasing the pellets, and he now gets them JUST FINE!! :):) And there's SO much less to vaccum now too!

The only problem is he now hover's over the dang plate 80% of the time :) !

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Fabulous idea!!! I have had the same problem as you. Thank you for posting your idea as I think that you will help a lot of us out.

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