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I’m pretty sure cardinal/neon tetras aren’t supposed to be this... round. 😆 Any advice on putting fish on a weight loss program?

One problem is I have yo-yo loaches, who prefer to eat over the course of ~30 minutes. So after eating their hikari micro pellets, the tetras and gouramis go nibble on the loach pellets and gobble up any mess the loaches spew as they’re eating.

The two tetras pictured here are my only full size ones. There are also eight smaller, newer tetras that I just added about a month ago, and for a while I was loading them up on bbs because they were so skinny. Now those guys are already starting to get little tummies so I’m not so worried about them starving. They’re still probably just 1/3 the size of the big ones though.

Should I start fasting them every other or third day? Should I give the loaches fewer pellets while I’m trying to get the tetras to lose some chub? Or should I just let them feast their little hearts out and not worry about it?

 

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Okay good. You’re all making me feel much better. I wonder if they might be hanging on to more eggs because there aren’t any mature males in the tank right now. Back when some of their siblings were still around, I did actually see a tetra drop an egg one time. So neat that I was right there there when it happened! Maybe once the little tetras grow up the ladies will slim down.

In the meantime I’ll keep indulging them with bbs. 😊

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