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Bad or Healthy for young kribs?
Old 07-24-2012, 06:47 AM   #11
 
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Another diet change

Okay, I'll lighten up on the bloodworms-- you are right. I was just so pleased to see these guys eating(I couldn't tell what was going on in the 10 gallon) and actually not being afraid to stop moving that I didn't shift gears fast enough. To be honest about it I don't believe these frozen bloodworms are not nutricious. I know kribs need diverse diet with pretty strong vegetable or plant food. I appreciate you being honest with me and waking me up. First thing today I'm going to get best cichlid pellets I can. I may have to be satisfied with Hikari til I get NLS online.What about frozen brine shrimp? Thanks for your help. Jim
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:01 AM   #12
 
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Okay, I'll lighten up on the bloodworms-- you are right. I was just so pleased to see these guys eating(I couldn't tell what was going on in the 10 gallon) and actually not being afraid to stop moving that I didn't shift gears fast enough. To be honest about it I don't believe these frozen bloodworms are not nutricious. I know kribs need diverse diet with pretty strong vegetable or plant food. I appreciate you being honest with me and waking me up. First thing today I'm going to get best cichlid pellets I can. I may have to be satisfied with Hikari til I get NLS online.What about frozen brine shrimp? Thanks for your help. Jim

Brine shrimp is fine in addition to other food's.
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:23 AM   #13
 
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Brine shrimp is fine in addition to other food's.
As long as you are being patient here... I have a dozen "dime size" angelfish(fresh) on way from Carolina- What is best way to feed these guys? I believe the owner said he had started flake food. I'll have to look back. Jim
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:32 AM   #14
 
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As long as you are being patient here... I have a dozen "dime size" angelfish(fresh) on way from Carolina- What is best way to feed these guys? I believe the owner said he had started flake food. I'll have to look back. Jim
Were it me, and considering these are very young fish which neeed more protein than adult fishes for proper growth,, I would feed Ocean Nutrition flake food, two or three times a day,, which contain's more protein than most all other flake food.
At around three month's old, I would introduce pellet food such as hikari Bio-gold or New life spectrum.
fish are often reluctant to take pellet food's after being fed lfake food as staple, but if you withold the flake long enough,,they will soon begin to forage and will take pellet's as well, both floating and sinking type.

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Old 07-24-2012, 08:19 AM   #15
 
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Glad to hear your guys are growing in the bigger tank, hooray!

I TOTALLY agree with 1077. It's sad because all the fishums really adore the bloodworms, but they seem to be increasingly linked with random illnesses and protozoa, so I have discontinued feeding them altogether, as well.

NewLifeSpectrum foods are really the best I've found, as far as the processed 'staple' food in a can are concerned. All of my fish love them, I'm sure yours will too! I also feed a nice mix of wet-frozen foods - Brine, Mysis, Krill - and so on. Again, I don't have any experience with Kribs (or angels) but my Bolivians (and other omnivore fish) really enjoy getting fresh veggies, too :)

As a general rule, feeding fish a range of foods is a very good thing. It gives them the benefit of variety in their diet, and keeps them from getting 'hooked' on one type of food over another. However - it isn't really a good thing to feed solely with the foods that are readily available to us in frozen form, or commonly found veggies. The actual fish food has the benefit of being designed to include a wide range of nutrition - specifically formulated for fish, and includes many vitamins that may be lacking by feeding only what we can get at the fish shop. As far as I've found, NLS is the best readily available pre-packed food on the market, but I'm still new at this! It does cost a bit more than, say, Tetra brand - but in my opinion it's worth it 100%.

Good luck, it sounds like you're doing really well over there!

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Old 07-24-2012, 10:28 AM   #16
 
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Hello Chesherca, good to hear from you. The blackworms in California are the bloodworms we are talking about? I had already decided to stay away from blackworm. I did not know the same situation was going on with "commercial frozen bloodworms". I'll go to Ken's Fish right now and order small sinking cichlid pellets, (NLS) and flake for the angels. What about this "Thera A from NLS? I was told that is good for bottomfeeders. Cichlids, too? Er,-1077, I do see I'm mistaken about the worms good attributes. Thank goodness for you guys.I dropped in some tropical flake and they were hungry enough to take that, so I shouldn't have too much trouble switching them over, hopefully. Thank you guys, I'm listening. It's been 35 years away from this... things have changed. Freeze dried tubiflex was magic in those days. Thank you so much- Jim
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:57 AM   #17
 
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To the best of my understanding, they are NOT the same, though they may be similar in appearance... Bloodworm are fly larvae, and don't have as many segments as blackworm, which look like small earthworms. . .I think. I'm not 100% sure here, but I've read that they are often sold under the same names, so there seems to be some confusion here - and I've also read that the bad rep black-worm get is FROM the bloodworm (and the fact that they look similar) Again, not 100% here. . . I've never bought live foods, personally - always the wet-frozen type, and my shop only sells the frozen bloodworm, so I haven't been able to compare the two side-by-side, personally. :)

Things HAVE changed a lot in even the last few years, much less 30+! My mom used to breed fancy guppies, and betta - she laughs at my talk of the nitrogen cycle and such ;)

ETA: You can go to NLS' website and compare their (many) types of food. For the most part, they're pretty much the same ingredients, in different forms. Some do have slight differences. . . it might help you out to compare them all and decide before you go in - there are SO many different types! I have the flake by them, as well as the sinking Cichlid pellets. The pellets come in different sizes, so be sure to order one that will be the correct size for your critters. They also make pellets that float, as well as pellets that sink - so just be sure of what you need!

Glad to hear the Kribs are still okay with flake food :) They're hungry, they'll eat. That's the way we like things ;) I've never had a problem getting my cichlids (or others) to eat anything I give them, but I've read some stories of very picky fishies!

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