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This may be a dumb question but I just want to make sure.... My 3 year old nephew dumped a large handful of tropical fish flakes into my rhoms tank about 2 minutes before i had to leave for work. So i scimmed out as much as possible with the fish net but still had a large amount sitting on the bottom of the tank and i had to take off. When I got back about 7 hours later my rhom(small, about 4 inch.) had eaten all the flakes off the bottom. Is this ok? Is this bad? Will it affect him in any way? I have owned p's for a about a year and have learned much about them but have never heard anything about feeding them tropical flakes so I wanted to check whether or not I should be worried about this.... Any replies will be appreciated..
 
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More than safe, a nice little nutrition boost i'll bet. I think it would be added to my P's diet if he would take it. A food like flakes will bring colour out of fish better and is designed to give them vitamins etc.. they need. Don't worry about it, in fact give him a little more now and again. The only thing I see wrong with flakes is they do tend to get everywhere and are difficult to clean up after!

Just hope nephew doesn't find something a little more lethal to your tank.
 

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Yeah be careful, wouldnt want your nephew to drop his chocolate bar in there lol. But on the serious side, the flakes probably are great for your Ps because they have many special nutrients and variety is always good for them. If your Ps like the flakes, I suggest getting thicker flakes, because less are wasted and more are eaten.
 

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I would suggest doing a water change w/ a good gravel vac (assuming you have gravel) because those flakes break down and get in the gravel. Even though you didn't see any left, after 7 hours, what flakes your P didn't eat had surely turned to mush...
 
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