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post #1 of 12 Old 06-04-2012, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding Yellow Labs

In my 29 gallon with three yellow labs, none of the fish come to the surface to feed so I've given up trying to use any flake foods and just give them the sinking cichlid pellets. I put in just a few grains at a time but still end up with quite a bit of uneaten food when I vacuum the tank each week. Are there any other foods I could try, perhaps some kind of blocks they might feed off of? Even freeze dried worms barely encourage them to the surface, they just wait for them to eventually sink.
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-04-2012, 07:12 PM
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A lot of mine dont come to the surface either, they still eat like pigs though

Dont feed them too many worms it can lead to Malawi Bloat which is nearly always fatal.

Feed them peas (deshelled), lettuce, carrots and zucchini and they will be your best friend.

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post #3 of 12 Old 06-05-2012, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Do I need to cut the vegetables pretty small or do they manage to chew into them? The worms have been a once a week "treat" after I clean the tank.
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If the fish are small then yes cut them up, if not then as long as the pieces are not too much that it will create a mess when chewed it should be fine.

Remove any uneaten pieces as soon as the fish stop eating unless you have a bottom feeder who will vacuum the rest up.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-05-2012, 11:02 AM
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Will Haps and Peacocks eat this as well? I have never fed them veggies but if they like it i might just try...
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-05-2012, 08:17 PM
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Will Haps and Peacocks eat this as well? I have never fed them veggies but if they like it i might just try...
Yes but not as much as the mbuna will.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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mine like fried egg whites. i give them a small nibble of mine from time to time. my black eastern seems to like them the most but my yellow female eats it to.
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mine like fried egg whites. i give them a small nibble of mine from time to time. my black eastern seems to like them the most but my yellow female eats it to.
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Very very bad idea as it is too much protein for them to handle and can lead to health issues.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-07-2012, 05:52 AM
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well was a very small amount and i dont do that but very seldom. i gave them a piece of squash one day and a small piece of a carrot another. mine seem to really like the flake food as well.
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-07-2012, 07:14 AM
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New life Spectrum food is full of veggies,fruit.
Spirulina pellet's,Spinach are also great for African's.(lot's of other's too)

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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