how long to leave uneaten food in tank?

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Hey, ive had today 2 Oscar babys about 1.5inches long and my last Oscar died of high nitrates in the water which came from uneaten food which I was unaware of until told by the petshop, now my mind is constantly ticking because the baby Oscars are sulking because of being in a new aquarium, I was wondering how long do I leave the food in there floating around for before I should take it out? also how many medium cichlid pellets should I feed 2 Oscars each feeding! thanks
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OFL replied the topic: how long to leave uneaten food in tank?

How high were the nitrates after the fish died. If you leave food to rot in your tank then it will create ammonia which in turn will produce a nitrates. I doubt whether the death was directly related to the food.

Anyway, to answer your question, you should remove any uneaten food soon after the fish have stopped showing interest in feeding. However, you should be doing regular water changes to keep the nitrate At a safe level.

Feed your baby Oscars as much as they can eat in about 3 min and then stop. Do this three times a day while they are very small

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LePurge replied the topic: how long to leave uneaten food in tank?

Thanks for the help, how often should a water change be done?
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Volkmania replied the topic: how long to leave uneaten food in tank?

I believe it depends on your tank size and bio load (amount of fish). I am doing 50% water changes 1-2 times a week. I recently had a bad ammonia spike. Not letting that happen again.
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