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post #1 of 21 Old 01-22-2011, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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What is the best food for a Community tank?

Hey Guys ~

I am use to feeding Discus and Frontosa, Blue Dolphins and Leleupi. What is the best quality food for a community tank?

Can one use shrimp? I have oodles! I am going today to the lfs!
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post #2 of 21 Old 01-22-2011, 08:46 AM
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Generally speaking you want a broad diet for any fish. I find that using a high quality tropical fish flake or grainuals works great, and then off set it a few days with some frozen bloodworms, and some shrimp pellets. Maybe some brine shrimp depending on what exactly you have in there. Some people also feed fresh veggies, again depending on what exact fish you have in there.

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Thank you! You have completely answered my question!

What about cooked shrimp?
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Thats something I have never done before, so not sure. I will just broadly say again, that it depends on what exactly you have in there. I'll let someone else with more experience with cooked shrimp answer that question for you :)

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Thats something I have never done before, so not sure. I will just broadly say again, that it depends on what exactly you have in there. I'll let someone else with more experience with cooked shrimp answer that question for you :)

Oh. I thought I posted my list.

Rummy Nose

Drawf Neon Rainbow

Zebra Dano

Neon Rainbow

Congo Tetras

Odessa Barbs

Sterbai Cories

Cherry Cories

Sword Tails

CLown Loaches

Black Berry Barbs


And some Mollies, black. But I have not researched if they can fit with the others, yet.

And some scavengers:

Bristlenose catfish
Corydoras

So ~

There ya have it!
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post #6 of 21 Old 01-22-2011, 11:55 AM
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sorry, can't answer the question about the shrimp... all i can say is what I feed. I alternate between tropical flakes one day, then some small sized sinking pellets the next, and then frozen bloodworms or frozen tubifex worms (whichever my hand hits first when i go into the freezer, basically) on the third day.
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post #7 of 21 Old 01-22-2011, 12:05 PM
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I feed the pre-cooked shrimp (from the grocery store) as a treat once or twice a week. I defrost it in a cup of water in the microwave then chop it up into bite sized pieces. Both my cichlids (American) and community fish love it.

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post #8 of 21 Old 01-22-2011, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I have frozen pre cooked shrimp! Tons, actually!
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post #9 of 21 Old 01-24-2011, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Okay ~ I have no clue if I am feeding these teensy weensy wet pets enough or too much! I gave them some flake food and sprinkled it in and it floated!

....and they were not going up top to get it either! Then I thought I feed them too much ~ because it looked like a hella lot!

Eventually, the current took all the food down ~ no one has bloated or pop yet, so I guess they are okay.

I feel totally clueless feeding for these guys. Do we feed every day? I didn't feed them yesterday when I brought them home so they were pretty hungry.

My goodness. Don't they EVER stop? They are all like they drank too much coffee! lol! Back and forth!!

I was afraid to turn on the light this morning they would be all gone:(
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I normally buy small containers (don't expire as quickly before it's gone) and mix three or four kinds together and place it in tuppeware container and place it in the fridge.
For the fish you have ,I would be looking at foods such as Omega One Veggie flakes,Ocean nutrition Omnivore formula,Tetra's three in one,along with spirulina flake (for barbs and livebearer's).
Maybe some shrimp pellet's for cory's and alage wafers for Bristlenose along with veggies such as Romain lettuce,zuchinni,spinach leaves,sweet bell pepper,cucumber,and some driftwood for the Bristlenose to rasp on.
Thawed frozen shrimp cut into bit's would be good for cory's as well as the bristlenose but not every day.
Large containers of food usually expire before one can empty them ,and smaller containers are likely to be used up before this happens. Hope some of this helps.

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