I say 2-3 pellets in the morning because some brands make significantly larger pellets than others, but the average amount is 2.
In the evening, he basically gets a part of a flake, crushed into tiny pieces and gets the average 2-3 pieces or 3 if I decide to not give him a critter supplement.
He gets 1-2 types of critters each night as a supplement, depending on the size of the critter (Daphnia is very tiny, everything else he'll only get one).
For one day, every other week, instead of his normal feeding, he will get a frozen critter (bloodworms, brine shrimp or mysis shrimp), but never the whole cube (I throw away the rest since it turns out even if I refrigerate the leftovers for a day or two, he won't eat the leftovers...).
The dried stuff is always soaked for 10 minutes prior to feeding to make sure whatever he's eating does not exceed the size of his eye.
Once a week he fasts and the next day, he gets a tiny piece of pea.
Reason for his feeding routine:
-A lot of sources say don't feed him anything more than he can consume in 2 minutes. I definitely will not follow this 'cause he'd probably eat to death.
-I know some sources, say only feed him a 1-2 or 3 and call it a day. I tried this in the beginning when I got him for a few weeks and he ended up biting his tail (we all know how much of a pain that can be). This took quite a bit of trial and error to figure out why he was biting his tail.
-Anyway, I found other sources say 4-6 pellets/pieces a day, split to 2 servings and decided to follow that routine and find it to work for two months without problems (plus he stopped biting his tail and it healed well).
-I also kept reading that I should provide variety to meet his nutritional demands, hence the different types of foods per meal every day (and the pellets end up being a surprise 'cause I mixed a little bit of each so I have no idea what I'm giving him).
There's a lot of contradicting information about feeding that I resorted to trial and error on these methods to eventually find something that works.Like I said, he's never been bloated, constipated or had any digestive problems until he stole that piece of wafer.
Apologies for being defensive, I just find it hard to believe my feeding routine is wrong when it has been working without issue. He has never been sick (at least as far as I can tell), he's always been active, he's showing more color and finnage everyday. So, I thought whatever I was doing was fine.
Good news is, he no longer looks pregnant and his bulge has receded to a soft round belly. I will be fasting him another day and he'll probably be officially hungry tomorrow.
I'm still in the dilemma of trying to figure out how to make sure he doesn't eat those wafers again when I attempt to feed the cories. (This is the only reason why I started this thread) I got a breeding trap from Petco and will attempt to test it out when I figure out how to get him in there with the least amount of stress (I'd have to scoop him in there and I have a feeling it's not going to be fun).
What I'd really like to have is a trap with a door to lure him in and shut the door behind him.... is there something like that out there? I'm probably asking this 'cause when I had two cats, I had to put one of them in the carrier during feeding time. He too is a pig and would steal the other cat's serving. So, I was thinking about doing this with Fryrish, even though he's definitely less cooperative than my cat. However, he follows my finger where ever it goes and I'd be using this to my advantage if there are such traps.