So I'm tired of my sorority girls in my 20 gallon being such pigs. They're extremely fat (pretty sure unhealthily so) and fasting doesn't seem to help much. Since they're in a community tank, I'm scared to fast them for more than a day like I would like to. I have 8 (at last count, they're hard to count because they never sit still!) neon tetras, 6 platies, 6 cory cats, and the 7 girls, with a snail and about four ghost shrimp for a clean up crew. I know that's a lot in a 20 gallon, but I have two filters running and do 50% changes twice a week, and everyone is healthy and happy, save that my girls are extremely fat. They're not having any swim bladder problems. I was wondering if 1: I could fast for more than a day with the variety of other fish in the tank and, if not 2: Is there a more effective way of individually fasting my girls than cupping them at every feeding? I don't want to stress them unduly :(
I believe one may be egg bound, but I've tried everything I can think of with her... QTing her and fasting, epsom salt treatments, even as a last ditch attempt (since she would poo normally no matter waht) tried to breed her, but none of my males wanted anything to do with her, nor she with them. I'm at my wits end with her. The others, though, I'm pretty sure aren't eggy. I know I can fast bettas for a while, which is what I want to do, but I'm concerned about the other fish in the tank... not so sure how long I can fast them for. They're used to a one day a week fast as it is, but I'm scared to push it with them. I tried cupping my girls when I fed the other fish, but they got so stressed I wasn't willing to continue :/
You could try feeding live foods... or frozen foods... I know. My ladies are pigs too!! Get all fat >< plus I believe 3 are very eggy. And yeah you can fast bettas for a week... as for the other fish, best bet, maybe 3 days fasting I guess would be safe. I make my girls work for their food now >.> lol
Sorry it took me so long to reply, I've had a rough few days (lost Princess mysteriously, along with a cory cat, and now lost Toxic to fungus and seem to be losing Fleur too :( )and haven't been on the computer. I'm feeding them TetraMin tropical flakes, Nutrifin Max, frozen bloodworms, and frozen brine shrimp, with the occasional cube of freeze dried tubifex worms as a treat. They get flakes instead of pellets because there are otehr fish in the tank with them.