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Old 01-23-2012, 12:36 PM   #21
 
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Those earthworms from your composter sound like they are a great idea! I wish we hadn't given away our composter. I could have used it to grow worms for my salamanders and goldfish.

As for the naturally planted tanks, I know nothing about that, but I'm sure if you asked in the plants forum here they would be able to help.
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:08 AM   #22
 
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Those earthworms from your composter sound like they are a great idea! I wish we hadn't given away our composter. I could have used it to grow worms for my salamanders and goldfish.

As for the naturally planted tanks, I know nothing about that, but I'm sure if you asked in the plants forum here they would be able to help.

Fish tend to enjoy the common house fly and spiders as well. Just food for thought when thinking of yummy treats for your fish.
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:44 AM   #23
 
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While I was shopping at WalMart yesterday, I got some sample veggies for the little ones. Why do they not like Parsley? I thought they would love it. Did not play with it, nothing. It just floated. Fresh Spinach is a big winner.

I also was checking out these planted fish tanks that are posted on YouTube, all I can say is WOW Holy Mackerel , fish keeping has leaped to new heights. I have a lot of studying to do.

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Old 01-24-2012, 09:03 AM   #24
 
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for saltwater i feed every other day sometimes every second day. usually when i do though, i feed enough to where theres excess blowing around the tank. you've got to think how many mouths are in a reef tank as corals are animals and have mouths too.
i pre-rinse frozen foods in a fish net and either RO/DI water or tank water that gets discarded. i repeat this process 2-3x until the water appears clear.
when my copperband butterfly was with me, it would only pick at frozen food so its main course was live blackworms.
fish roe, asain supermarket dried seaweed ( used for sushi wraps ) and frozen seafood medleys chopped in a food processor are good ideas for food too.
i recently picked up new life spectrums micro/macro pellet line and have been giving that a whirl. in between the day or 2 day waiting period of feeding if i feel the urge to feed i offer a few pellets. when i get the chance i think i want to pick up 1mm pellets too as the micro is a powder ( coral food ) and the macro is slightly to large for my male clownfish to enjoy without me breaking in half.

some of this can possibly apply to freshwater feeding, like blackworms and maybe even using a small ammount of fish roe (eggs) in your food. i wouldnt use to much though as they are oily. i also suggest rinsing your frozen food before using it too. i suggest doing alittle reseach and getting creative.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:50 AM   #25
 
Live food

I have a good amount of earth worms in my composter. I need to cut them up for the gold fish to eat. Even the small ones are long, and thin, but how would they eat the worms in their natural environment? Would they be able to just bite a piece? If I put a live, uncut worm in the tank they will not catch it, and it would hide, and die inside some rock. The cut up worm floats a little, just long enough to all be eaten. OR I could be sadistic, and tie the worm with thread, or impale it on a larger fish hook corked off, and hang it in the tank.
Are there live foods that would live in this fresh water aquarium, and multiply. Guess I'm dreaming of the ultimate feeding experience for gold fish, LOL I thought these tube worms could live in a closed system, and the gold fish could hunt them for food. More dreaming.

After seeing all these heavily planted fresh water tanks, I can't see why a live food source could not live in the same system. Then again, it seems that these fish don't know when to stop eating.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:17 PM   #26
 
Inga,
I just remembered your reply to me back on 1/24, I looked it up, because I couldn't remember who said I could feed spiders to the goldfish.
Why did I remember this statement? Well, I was in the crawl space under the house today looking for something, and I saw a spider. A Brown Recluse spider, and I have history with these babies. Two years ago I was repairing a valve on our lawn irrigation system. I placed my hand into the underground valve box, and this spindly legged spider jumps on my hand, then to my knee, and then my shin, where he left two tiny puncture holes, and leaped into the bushes. Any way after 5 visits, and 8 weeks of long none healing process with the dermatologist, the soft flesh just would not heal, and whatever was eating it, was growing. The doctor was left with scraping it out to the bone.
I saw the spider today, and I know it wasn't really the same one, but maybe. I thought I saw a grin.
So the question is, could fish actually eat one of these spiders with a venomous bite? I would get some pleasure watching the spider torn apart by our maneater goldfish. I would not want them hurt.
I am not scared of spiders, but have a much greater respect for them now.
Thanks for your past reply.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:56 AM   #27
 
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Ugh! I am with you on my NOT love for spiders. I too had issues with them in the past. 3 times I required medical attention from spider bites. 2 times it was on my back upper thigh as though I sat on a chair or grass near them and they attacked. I had huge reactions and will save you the gross details but it wasn't pretty.

I personally wouldn't risk a poisonous spider. I would guess it would be alright but since I do not know the toxic effects it could have on your fish, I would advise you to squish the spider quickly rather then chance your fish getting sick. Even though I had these reactions, I can't torture a spider, I would smack it quickly though.
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