11-14-2011, 09:48 AM
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I also believe that it is best to feed our fish a variety of foods. For a time, I was alternating between different flake foods, thinking that some element one manufacturer leaves out, another might include. After a time, a thought occurred to me so I took about five (5) different containers of flake food and mixed them all together in a gallon zip lock bag. Then I spooned and filled the largest container, leaving the remainder in the sealed bag. Now I feed from one container, but the fish get as varied a diet in flake food as could be.
I also treat following the WWC with frozen brine shrimp (they don't seem to go for Bloodworms much) and every few days I'll drop a couple of algae wafers in (the platy's seem to be veggie hounds).
Now there is a lot to be said for culturing and feeding live foods. Brine shrimp, Daphina, worms, etc. and it can add another dimension to the hobby. However, you need more time, money and space to do it.
Most of our fish will live quite nicely with the commercially available flake and pellet foods available, especially if augmented with some frozen delicacies.
footnote: Following the WWC I treat my fish with a couple of thawed cubes of frozen brine shrimp (in several small feedings over the course of the rest of the day/evening. They go nuts for them and each fish gobbles up as much as they can get.