10-17-2009, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Arkamaic
Pellets are not required, however it is good to feed your fish a variety of food. This keeps them from getting bored, and not eating the same food.
i havnt had a chance to read this entire thread yet but this caught my eye. the fish need a mixture of foods for their health and immune system as well as their protective slime coating, oily foods are best for that. think about it, in the wild your fish constantly swim on the search for food, but its all different kinds of things, like heres a crab, theres a patch of algae, theres a dead fish... and their diet changes.
i personally dont use flakes at all. i will however use the hikari small pellets from time to time but for the most part its squid,clam,algae sheets,mysis,blackworms and things of that sort soaked in aminios and garlic and ALWAYS pre-rinsed prior to soaking then feeding. i make my own foods but frozen foods are jam packed with phosphates and nasties which only lead to algae outbreaks.
for the longest time i was feeding my fish every 2 to 3 days. my tank was algae free but my fish still well fed. recently ive been doing multiple very tiny feedings more often. im seeing a few spots of bad algae in my tank as a result but nitrates have stayed 0, which personally doesnt bother me the least bit as my nitrates havnt been higher then 0 for over a year.