06-12-2007, 03:39 PM
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the pees I just thawed out. Try not to use canned peas as they tend to have a lot of salt in them for preservation. The peas serve as a great source of fiber and a natural laxative. Sometimes swim bladder infections (especially among round-bodied goldfish) are due to food blockages in the esophagus or intestines. Thats why I give them to the goldfish mainly, to make sure they have free flowing digestive tracts. With oscars it tends to bring out there color a lot but I don't know the science behind that. Lettuces can be used, just wash those. I have a frozen "veggie" mix that I use and it has spinach in it, so I imagine that is good as well. Often times we give our cichlids and algea eaters slices of cucumber or zuchini. Every now and then we even throw orange slices in with the koi and goldfish...they love it! With any kind of food though, especially oranges, keep in mind that pH and water quality can be affected by the mess that gets left. If you are doing something like oranges at home, do it before doing a water change so you can clean it up right away. You can also go to your local fish store or better yet, an asian market, and get sheets of seaweed. It is the same kind used in making sushi rolls but fish love it. We used to give it to our tangs all the time. Aside from vegetation, I used to feed my dinosaur bichir unseasoned, precooked cocktail shrimp. They are pretty much the same as krill, except for $3 you get a huge bag of them. JUst chop them up to the desired size and its a great source of protein.