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Old 04-20-2011, 02:16 PM   #1
 
Fish diet

I've read (makes sense) that fish do best on a varied diet. I'm alternating Tetramin flakes and Wardley Tropical flakes with an occasional frozen brine shrimp treat. Thinking of trying frozen blood worms as another treat. I'm usually feeding lightly twice a day.

What are you feeding and how often?

Anybody feeding any live foods? If so, what.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:22 PM   #2
 
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Not that tetra flakes are bad (I have used them) but Omega One flake food is much better quality, you may want to check it out. I also feed bloodworms once a week or so as a treat.I used to buy brine shrimp occasionally I don't do that very often anymore because about half what I was buying would die before I fed them.
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:47 PM   #3
 
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I feed a wide range of assorted foods. For prepared foods I use New Life Spectrum, Omega One and Hikari products. For frozen foods I use Ocean Nutrition's beefheart, blood worms, mysis, Emerald Entree and Formula Two. I also have a standing order for live blackworms that are shipped via overnight to my front door every three weeks. Nothing's too good for my fish.

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Old 04-20-2011, 07:58 PM   #4
 
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I feed only once daily, usually in the "morning" [meaning sometime past an hour after the lights turn on the tanks] and I miss the water change day (it is not good to feed fish prior to a water change). On the water change day, some weeks I feed frozen bloodworms in the early evening.

I have 4 dry prepared foods (3 flake, one pellet) and 4 sinking prepared foods and I alternate each day. One of the flake and one of the sinking are veggie-based (spirulina, algae, kelp) as vegetable foods are good for the digestive tract. I use a couple of Omega One types (their veggie flake is very good, and their regular), Hikari micro pellets (most of my fish will not touch other pellets, but they devour these), and I switch the 4th brand using Tetra/Nutrafin/OSI.

The frozen bloodworms are primarily for my wild Poecilocharax weitzmani that will eat nothing else [except live, more on that momentarily] and a group of small Characidium fasciatum that are wild caught and being weaned onto prepared sinking foods which takes a bit of time.

When I had a store relatively close that received live foods weekly, I always got a batch of tubifex worms and sometimes brine shrimp. Now I don't have this luxury, but I'm not worried because the nutritional aspect of the better prepared foods is sufficient in itself. Even Jack Wattley recommends only feeding dry prepared foods to discus for better nutrition.

In the 1980's I had a culture of wingless fruitflies for my hatchets and mealworms (they were more for the amphibians). And frozen squid which is an excellent food for fish large enough to handle it, or amphibians.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:00 PM   #5
 
I avoid flakes and stick with pellets for prepared foods. Flakes I have found to be quite messy. I use Ken's fish food and Hikari for prepared stuff. I feed once a day and usually skip at least one day a week. Then I feed frozen bloodworms to the fish once a week. Fish steal whatever they can from the caecilians food. The caecilians eat talapia and night crawlers when I get them. The occasional squash, pumpkin, or cucumber for fish and shrimp. My cherry shrimp thought kiwi was okay. Then I feed the rare random treats in my 55gallon with the caecilians and larger fish. They had cooked chicken and some cheesy scrambled eggs this month. Basically leftover stuff from my meals. Most things for some reason like cheese... IDK why but they do...
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:12 AM   #6
 
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In think New Life Spectrum's fish food has the best nutrition, but I've also heard a lot of good things about Omega 1, Hikari, and Ken's flake food (although I haven't actually tried Ken's). New Life Spectrum can get a bit pricey though. I also have a live Daphnia culture in my basement, which in my opinion are the easiest live food to culture
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:04 AM   #7
 
Interesting - there are brands listed here that I haven't seen on local shelves...maybe I need to be shopping on-line ?
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:11 PM   #8
 
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I feed a wide range of assorted foods. For prepared foods I use New Life Spectrum, Omega One and Hikari products. For frozen foods I use Ocean Nutrition's beefheart, blood worms, mysis, Emerald Entree and Formula Two. I also have a standing order for live blackworms that are shipped via overnight to my front door every three weeks. Nothing's too good for my fish.
I envy that...
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:18 PM   #9
 
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I have difficulty not feeding my little darlings every single day. I struggle and try to do a day of fasting but... it is hard. They have such sad little eyes and they line up and stare at me while I am on the computer if they have not been fed. I swear that I have seen them cry.

Byron I see that you do not feed your crew before a water change, is that due to stress on a full stomach or what? I was doing the opposite, I give them a really good feed, wait an hour or so and then clean out the tank really good. That way I have sucked up all of their fresh poo and old food and the tank is so clean and fresh.
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I have difficulty not feeding my little darlings every single day. I struggle and try to do a day of fasting but... it is hard. They have such sad little eyes and they line up and stare at me while I am on the computer if they have not been fed. I swear that I have seen them cry.

Byron I see that you do not feed your crew before a water change, is that due to stress on a full stomach or what? I was doing the opposite, I give them a really good feed, wait an hour or so and then clean out the tank really good. That way I have sucked up all of their fresh poo and old food and the tank is so clean and fresh.
I have taken to wait until after the water change/tank maintenance and treat them with frozen brine shrimp as a reward for being patient while I turn their home upside down. It is funny how quickly they learned....(re: Pavlof's fish post) - if anyone stands in front of the tank, they come running (okay...swimming) expecting to be fed
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