04-20-2011, 08:58 PM
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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.