04-25-2008, 11:36 AM
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Keeping Tuffies alive for my Pictus
Here is another dilema I am working through. I have a fairly mature pictus (4 inches) who eats almost his weight in food when he wants to. I was feeding him shrimp pellets, then crill, and now he seems to only go after live food. He might eat an occasional cleaned shrimp but I think he gets tricked by the way it sinks to the bottom.
So, I've been buying tuffies at the local LFS for $0.12 each. However, many of them die within a few days of bringing them home and introducing them to a tank. He seems to only want to feed every week or so and therefore they need to live long enough to become a meal. Hence, I have to keep the tuffies alive or make frequent trips to the LFS.
What do you think? Why don't the tuffies last in the pictus tank and is there a better live food I can use that isn't such a hassle? The pictus tank is 10 gal and is around 78 degrees.