09-24-2007, 06:15 PM
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No LFS! What To Feed The Fishies!?
I've had my tank up and running since July and have fed my fish, an Ocellaris Clown, Yellow Tailed Damsel, Royal Gramma Basslet and a Cardinalfish a steady diet of some tropical flake food and some fresh shrimp (blended w/saltwater and frozen into ice cubes) shavings ever since. I also have about 8 blue legged hermits (very small) in the tank as well that do a wonderful job cleaning up the leftovers (with the addition of an occasional shrimp pellet). They like the diet very well (although the Cardinalfish is very finicky). However, I was wondering what else is available to feed them. The nearest saltwater fish store to me is 1 hr. and 20 minutes away and not recommended. So, you see, I'm trying to do this myself. I usually just go to the local super market and get a few shrimp and process them myself. Other than the obvious stuff, i.e., fresh bits of fish, clams/scallops or shrimp, what can they be fed? Can they have canned tuna (packed in spring water of course and then rinsed and blended), leaf lettuce, or other veggies?
As for finicky, I occasionally put a few drops of garlic juice and sometimes even a few slivers of the pungent bulb as well in their frozen shrimp mixture. This seems to get them eating, however the Cardinalfish is still not eating as well as I would like. I've been feeding him some shrimp bits after the lights go out at night, but I never see him eating like the other fish. He's a real grazer and picks small pieces off the tank wall or off the sand or rock. He apparently is eating enough for I've had him now for nearly a month and he's very healthy. I read they will eat at night better, so he must be eating the shrimp off the rocks and bottom when the lights are out.
Much thanks in advance.