Can I over feed my blue ribbon eel?

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This may sound like a funny question considering how hard it is to get a blue Ribbon Eel to eat in the first place, but my Eel will eat anything that is colourful enough for it to see and really enjoys Guppies.

So will I have an endless breeding supply of Guppies I wonder how much I should feed as this week it's eaten everything I have to give every day and while I think that is way too much I wonder if it is possible?

I will be going back to twice weekly feeds once back from holidays though.
 

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This may sound like a funny question considering how hard it is to get a blue Ribbon Eel to eat in the first place, but my Eel will eat anything that is colourful enough for it to see and really enjoys Guppies.

So will I have an endless breeding supply of Guppies I wonder how much I should feed as this week it's eaten everything I have to give every day and while I think that is way too much I wonder if it is possible?

I will be going back to twice weekly feeds once back from holidays though.
lets ask @lion king, as they are a wealth of knowledge with eels and other aggressive fish.
 
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This may sound like a funny question considering how hard it is to get a blue Ribbon Eel to eat in the first place, but my Eel will eat anything that is colourful enough for it to see and really enjoys Guppies.

So will I have an endless breeding supply of Guppies I wonder how much I should feed as this week it's eaten everything I have to give every day and while I think that is way too much I wonder if it is possible?

I will be going back to twice weekly feeds once back from holidays though.
you prob can over feed it, but I don't know how much that will take.
 
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For most eels, feeding to satiation (until it stops eating) once, maybe twice a week, is usually a good schedule. That being said, this can change depending on the species and size of the eel. Feeding until satiation every day is a good way to get an overweight eel. I would give him/her a good amount of food a day, as ribbons are naturally very thin and seem to have a faster metabolism than most species, but you can still overdo it.
 
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You can feed them too often, feeding their full at one sitting is fine. Eels have a metabolism that is designed for a fast/gorge feeding cycle. So there needs to be time between feedings. A blue ribbon being a full adult eel, the black ribbon is the juvi form, would benefit from a weekly feeding. Feeding too often could result in fatty liver disease and premature death.
 
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