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How can my fish look so hungry?
Old 01-20-2012, 08:14 PM   #11
Interesting thoughts on feeding, fish

I've been to places where people eat for survival too. No being seated by a host.
Y'all speak of high quality foods for our fish friends, please post more on this feature.

It's been 30 years since I have included a few fish into my family. Yes, they're always begging, and I love to give them a pinch of flakes, and watch them eat them. I could do this many times a day, but I limit myself to this enjoyment, 3 or 4 times.

The LPS recommended a combo of TetraColor, and Tetramin flakes as the sole diet. Sounds boring to me, fish like it. If you could enhance my little buddies diet, please do.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:42 PM   #12
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I was in the Navy. I've been around the world, and I've seen society's that eat to survive also. I have more respect for those folks than anyone else. They live in harmony with the natural world, unlike the so called 'modern' world where we 'conflict' with the world. It's like a virus. We consume (destroy), and move to a new place. We don't developed a co-existence with our Earth.
Fish co-exist with our Earth, like all other creatures on this planet. We are the only exeption.

So I'll get off my soap box and get back to topic. I feed my fish flake food, and frozen brine shrimp as a treat.

I get the feeling you have a special connection with your fish. Which, I respect enormously! They know it too! They feel the connection with you! They know your patterns.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:48 PM   #13
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Hey Bosco! Big Tuna is an redcap oranda. I'd like to get one like him some day. I just need to set up proper quarantine facilities.

For quality goldfish food, most people recommend New Life Spectrum sinking goldfish pellets as a good base food. As far as dry commercial foods go it seems to be the best. I use it with my goldfish and bettas. I supplement their base food with fresh (or frozen) veggies. Shelled peas, spinach, red lettuce, zucchini, and orange are great. I just bought a zucchini that was reduced for quicksale, cut it up, and froze it. I've been using that for a few months now. Goldfish also seem to have a love of orange slices. I'm sitting here, watching my guys go to town on one slice.

The best quality commercial food you can get for goldfish is gel food. You buy the mix and make the food, so it does require some work on your part. I thought about using it, but when I discovered that New Life Spectrum didn't cause any bloat problems I stuck with that. However if you want variety you can get some gel food for your guys.

Also forgot to mention that freeze-dried food can also be used (sparingly) as a treat for goldies. I like the Omega One brand. It costs less and is of an equal quality to Hikari. Frozen foods are also an option, but I've never tried them personally.
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:08 AM   #14
Thanks for this great information. I have been reluctant to add veggies or fruit to the tank. Now I know I can. I know it would be in small chopped pieces. Not sure if the babies have teeth. They're young, still infants. I am going to look for the "New Life Spectrum" today. I have planned to do a WC today. I have read that so many Aquarist do not feed on WC days. I wonder why? Is there that much stress caused by the WC? Or the sharp change in chemical elements ?
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Old 01-21-2012, 01:11 PM   #15
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Trust me, your little guys will love them. ^-^ I love watching my guys chow down on veggies. I keep a leaf of spinach in the tank at all times. They like to tear little pieces from it when the mood strikes them. It also keeps them from munching too much on my plants.

As to your teeth question, goldfish don't have teeth in their mouths like we do (and some other fish). They have pharyngeal teeth which are basically grinding plates in the back of their mouths. That's why if they nibble on your fingers it doesn't hurt.

The tanks that I feed twice daily only get one feeding on WC day because I normally feed them again around the time that I perform the water change. I do it for stress reasons. Some people do it to "clean out their systems." I guess it's personal choice. But since you have young fish I would say feed them. Young goldies need a lot of protein so they can grow up big and healthy.
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:26 PM   #16
Great Dinner tonight

The fish had some spinach, and loved it. There must be some items in the fruit & veggie families that should be avoided, and not fed to the fish?
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:08 PM   #17
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Mine had some orange. I tend to only give it to them in day or two before WC because it clouds the water a bit. But they love it. I think they might like it more than krill treats.

Because there are soo many types of fruits and veggies my rule with feeding them to goldfish is: "If I don't have the OK, then I don't feed it." I like to err on the side of caution with these things. Generally almost all green and red veggies that are high in vitamins, carotenes and minerals and low in sugar will be okay for goldfish, but if you are in doubt, do a quick internet search.
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Old 01-22-2012, 03:04 PM   #18
Red Meat

I gave the gold fish an earth worm today. I chopped it up with a razor blade, and flicked it into the water. They eat it instantly, and were looking for more. They acted like a school of Piranha. LOL One Earth Worm is enough. I hope it was OK, the wife thought it may add germs into the environment. It wasn't a big worm, a baby worm 1/8" thick , two inches long.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:09 PM   #19
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You're spoiling your little guys! Earthworms are another great goldie treat. In fact, they would be eating stuff like earthworms in the wild. The only holdup I have with them (and all things that come from an unknown place) is I don't know what chemicals they may have come into contact with. If you use pesticides or herbicides in your garden it's not a good idea to feed your garden earthworms. Germs aren't as big of a problem as chemicals. It's actually not a good idea to make your fish live in a completely germ-free environment. Just like with raising kids, if you don't let their immune system come into contact with some germs it won't be strong enough to fight off the really bad bugs when they attack.
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:38 AM   #20
Where they came from

The EarthWorms are in my special composter. House made veggies becoming nutriments for our Herb Garden. Using food waste to make food compost. I placed a couple worms in the composter years ago, and I have many worms now. There is also a composter made from yard waste, for planting flowers, shrubs Good Ideas 7-Cubic-Foot Compost Wizard Jr.: Patio, Lawn & Garden Good Ideas 7-Cubic-Foot Compost Wizard Jr.: Patio, Lawn & Garden

I spent the whole weekend reading about soil tanks, and plants in the aquarium. I even sent for the Diana Walstad book, bet that's a real bed time story. Better than counting sheep I'm sure. Now my whole thought process on buying a larger tank, and what equipment to use has changed dramatically. Throwing biofilters out the window, along with high powered pumping. "Hamburger Matten Filters" forever....... Where do I go from here
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