Hello all, I recently began owning goldfish about two weeks ago and am very new to all of this, so pardon in advance if my questions seem somewhat daft
I have a small fantail and I'm not sure if he's plain dumb or sick or if he's just being stubborn, but when I feed him he doesn't seem to eat his food (note: I've been feeding him Nutrafin Max pellets for goldfish). I throw in one pellet at a time and wait for them to sink/for him to eat it before throwing in another. Thing is more often than not, he won't make it to the pellet in time or he won't swim up to eat it in case the pellet doesn't sink right away. If I throw in about ten pellets, he'll maybe eat about two of them, but I also don't want to throw too many pellets in there at once as to prevent excess waste.
I'm wondering, what is the normal healthy amount for a small fantail to eat on a daily basis? How often should I really feed him per day (I've heard such mixed reviews)? How much wasted food can I allow to accumulate in the tank per day considering how little he eats? Are these feeding patterns normal? Should I switch to fish flakes?
Just trying to get this right asap seeing as this is my first time owning fish.
(Note: my fantail is in a 10gal aquarium with a small pleco and a penny-sized snail. I use a Marina S15 slim filter and do a partial water change every week. I plan on getting another fantail soon, but I'm waiting for my water testing kit to arrive in the mail first, so for now I don't really know what the exact water levels are, but I've been treating the water according to instructions.)