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I have been using a mortar and pestle to grind up flakes for some rainbow fry. I can get them pretty small. Was wondering, ...
I have been using a mortar and pestle to grind up flakes for some rainbow fry. I can get them pretty small. Was wondering, if they still would be able to nibble at the edges of the tiny particles.
I have some decapsulated brine shrimp eggs on order.
Similarly I have one of those Magic Bullets that I'll use to grind fry food. Now I wouldn't buy one just for this purpose, but often what you have on hand can work as well as something else you can buy. magic bullet-w.jpg
Some stores do sell a powderized fish food for fry, Hikari First Bites I think.
Raising your own brine shrimp is best I think though, however you have to be sure you feed them while they still have the egg sack to get all the nutrition. When I looked into it it takes two days to hatch, so having two hatcheries going is enough to provide food daily.
A caution with feeding lots of live food is your fish may become accustomed to it and scorn prepared foods.
Golden Pearls works well as a food for rainbow fry, or the hikarii first bites. Once the yolk sack is used up they can take BBS. Try using a bare bottom tank, and siphon out all uneaten food. Rainbows are very susceptible to higher nitrates. If you keep the water temp a little higher, and feed several times a day, you will get accelerated growth from the fry. These are the techniques I used for my bow fry. Although there are other ways to raise them I'm sure.
Good luck!! Bows are great fish