Total a day on common pellets should be around 4-6, the "mini" smaller version you would be wanting around 6-8, possibly 10.
Correct, freeze dried can cause bloating, but to counteract that you simply just pre soak them for a few minutes in a bit of tank water prior to feeding. That way they expand before your guy will get to them.
They require small, multiple meals a day.. so say breakfast time you would feed 2-3 pellets, dinner, the same. Freeze dried 2-3 in replace of a meal once or twice a week- frozen 2-3 per meal, you can do multiple times a week.
You will want to make sure the first ingredient of their food is either fish or meat meal.. sometimes it's hard to find it. Also the higher the crude protein %, the better.
Dropsy happens for other reasons, not usually, or at all, from constipation. He may of been bloated, which is an early sign of dropsy- have to remember, they tend to only go to the bathroom once or twice every day for the most part, sometimes less. At least mine do- (go about once a day or less) and they eat 4-6 pellets a day (depending on which fish it is), and sometimes a bit more if I add in live food.
Last edited by Myates; 12-01-2011 at 07:40 PM.