08-30-2009, 03:50 AM
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I have never heard of anyone getting them to eat flake foods. It is best to allow variety to a bichirs diet, and to allow them to satisfy there predatory side. My Birchirs always seem to be happiest when on the hunt. I will drop five to seven dozen ghost shrimp in the tank and watch them for hours. One is albino, and I have found it is important to keep the food source plentiful. She can not see at all, and has a much harder time getting lunch than the other one in my tank. I also feed them live worms, feeder fish, and brine shrimp from time to time, and they do well with this diet... though it seems that they are spoiled to the shrimp.
They eat as much as you let them. I am going to have to start ordering them by the case, and keeping the ghost shrimp in a 20 gallon tank. You can get them for about 4 cents a piece that way. Now I pay about 12 cents per shrimp.