02-20-2009, 11:45 PM
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even beyond disease, there are other things to take into account when suggesting live feeders. one of the other major issues with feeders is their nutritional value, or rather, lack there of. for the most part, feeder guppies are just skin and bones, and provide almost no nutrition for your fish. the solution to this is to "gut load" your feeders, before feeding them to your fish. this means to feed them till their fat, then feed the fat little guppies to your bigger fish.
this is just an extra step. if you have to feed the guppies fish food, before feeding them to your bigger fish, why not just feed your big fish, fish food? doesnt make any sense at all. lol.
fish pellets have come a long way since the old school tetra flakes, and are specially formulated with your fishes diet in mind. the best thing you can do for your fish is to get them off of feeders all together and on a staple diet of pellet food. i keep about 15-20 different kinds of pellets on hand at all times. while this isnt necessary, it is a good idea to switch it up a bit. also you can use freeze dried krill, freeze dried shrimp, crickets, mealworms, super worms, MP, and lots of other things as treats in between.