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post #1 of 11 Old 10-09-2011, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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What other things can I feed my fish?

RIght now I'm feeding them the Tetra Color flakes and once in a while I feed them frozen bloodworms and frozen brine shrimp. Is there anything else I could give them?

Its a 30g tank and the fish that live in it are:

1 Irresident Shark -- 4in
1 Brown Knife -- 5.5in
1 Black Fin Shark -- 2in
3 Emerald Cory -- 1.5in
1 Opaline Gourami -- 2.5in
1 Chinese Algae Eater -- 4in
1 Pleco -- 1.5in
1 Senegal Bichir -- 2.5in
1 Rainbow Shark -- 4in
4 Ghost Shrimp -- 1in
1 Blue Mystery Snail -- 2in

I know some of these grow a lot bigger so I'm planning on getting a tank above 55g for my birthday in April so I can move them and later on get something bigger.

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-09-2011, 12:28 PM
Some time ago I got to thinking about a better balanced diet so at first, I was alternating among different brands of flake foods. Then I had a brainstorm...I combined all of about 5 different flake foods into a gallon plastic bag and mixed them all together. Then filled the largest container with the mix, leaving the remainder in the ziplock bag. As the supply gets low I'll add additional combination of flake foods to keep the diversified mix going.
For fry, I put some the same mix into a small plastic bag and squeezed until it was very fine.
Following the WWC, the fish get a treat of frozen brine shrimp - both adult and baby brine shrimp....and the crowd goes wild

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Some time ago I got to thinking about a better balanced diet so at first, I was alternating among different brands of flake foods. Then I had a brainstorm...I combined all of about 5 different flake foods into a gallon plastic bag and mixed them all together. Then filled the largest container with the mix, leaving the remainder in the ziplock bag. As the supply gets low I'll add additional combination of flake foods to keep the diversified mix going.
For fry, I put some the same mix into a small plastic bag and squeezed until it was very fine.
Following the WWC, the fish get a treat of frozen brine shrimp - both adult and baby brine shrimp....and the crowd goes wild
Hmmm that actually sounds pretty good!!! I'm going to try it. What foods did you use to make your mix?

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post #4 of 11 Old 10-09-2011, 01:19 PM
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I feed small, slowly sinking pellets. I also break up a couple algae wafers, which my loaches, bristlenose pleco, and mollies go mad for. They get a cube of frozen bloodworms once a week or so.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-09-2011, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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I keep forgetting about the Algae wafers, I'll start including that as well.

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post #6 of 11 Old 10-09-2011, 07:30 PM
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That's a ****load of fish for that tank, lol

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That's a ****load of fish for that tank, lol
Yeah... I had a 10g with some of the already mentioned fish and I upgraded to a 30g because I saw they where to big for it and well, my mom got me more fish without me knowing and she threw away the receipt >_<

I'm planning on getting a 100g or above for my birthday in April so I can accommodate the growing fish.

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I feed a variety of pellets, algae wafers, flake, frozen and dried foods. Some other food options to consider are fresh veggies such as zucchini or cooked carrots once or twice a week. Also, my fish go nuts for fresh market shrimp from the grocery store that I chop up for them.

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Hmmm that actually sounds pretty good!!! I'm going to try it. What foods did you use to make your mix?
There's no magic and it will likely vary over time. I had Wardley, a couple of different types of Tetra, and Omega - all tropical flake foods and some Omega freeze dried brine shrimp (again, all mixed together in a gallon zip lock bag. (In addition to the frozen food I mentioned, I also drop in an algae wafer from time to time).

I feel this affords a very balanced diet all the time without (remembering and) switching every feeding between different brands.

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post #10 of 11 Old 10-10-2011, 12:53 PM
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As others said I try to feed a varied of good quality foods, fresh or blanched veggies (peas, zucchini, spinach, cucumber), uncooked shrimp from the grocery store, and I feed brine shrimp and mealworms.
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