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Old 01-23-2012, 01:21 PM   #1
 
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Question to soak or not to soak?

I had read on a differnt site that i am to be soaking my pellots i feed my cichlidd first?? The site claimed that they will expland in there stomach and could cause intestinal issues.. im not not sure what i should be doing. to soak them first before placing in tank or not.. help??? please any thoughts on this??
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
 
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I use the pellets for my cichlids and plecos and have never soaked them before giving them to them. It is unlikely they will eat the whole thing in one go to cause any problems.

If they are eating the pellets in one go then you can perhaps go to the next size up. They should not be fed a lot of pellets as they need a varied diet.

What cichlids are you talking about? Lake Malawi, Tangs or SA,CA?
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:49 PM   #3
 
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electric yellow labs and yellow tail Acei ( msuli?)
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:53 PM   #4
 
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It is better too feed many small pellets instead of fewer large ones. Cuts back on chewing which means less food is wasted. Pellets(depending on the brand) are actually quite nutrient rich and should be the staple for any cichlid. Some people even feed pellets exclusively with fantastic results.

I agree that there is no need to soak pellets just drop them in. They will not expand so much as break apart.
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:55 PM   #5
 
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so.. what your saying is this..correct me if i got this wrong.. they should not be feed the cichlid balls that fit nice in there mouth?? i have purchsed the smallest ones i could find due to the lil bit larger ones they would just carry around in front of there lil faces and fight over who was goin to get it, kind of like tag ball with there lil mouths lol, one would steal it from the other.. so i bought smaller ones so they could jsut fit in there mouth and swallow.. i feed them those only every third day,, i skip feeding on sundays when i clean the tank and do a 25 percent water change,, and the other 4 daysy they eat sprillia flakes
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:59 PM   #6
 
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thanks.. this was helpfull in understanding what should be done:)
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:07 PM   #7
 
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the brand is Hkouri staple food for cichlids
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:43 PM   #8
 
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Sounds good - if they are eating them that is fine. If you had plecos then it is no harm going with the bigger ones as the plecos will clear any waste up if you filter doesn't grab it.

"Pellets(depending on the brand) are actually quite nutrient rich and should be the staple for any cichlid" - I disagree with this as some cichlids are omnivores, some are carnivores and some are herbivores, they would not get the nutrients they need from cichlid pellets alone.

Acei will quite happily munch on algae but will prefer spirulina flakes over pellets.
A lot of cichlids in the wild will stick to one type of food unless extremely hungry.






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Old 01-23-2012, 08:19 PM   #9
 
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To the OP yes that is perfect the way your are doing things.

@Tazman- depends on what you feed your fish. I feed NLS(New life spectrum) and love the stuff. It actually contains quite a bit of sprinula and I have fed it too mbuna as well as centrals with great results. Its all about the label. And as far I know there are no purely herbivorous cichlids. Even mbuna take small crustaceans when they feed on algea. Cichlids are more opportunistic than anything which is why you can feed protein every once in a while and it will not kill your fish. Most times "sprinula pellets" don't contain just sprinula. The narrow snout on yellow labs are actually for picking through the algea for small crusteacenas. Some pellets have more protein than others so some may not be good too feed to mbuna on a regular basis. But I know NLS as well as hikari cichlid gold I believe have sprinula as one of their first ingredients. I have even seen people feed NLS to trohueus(who are notorious for getting bloat) and have had great results and this isn't over a couple months this is over years. Everyone is entitled to their opinion though. My advice to the OP would be too read the label and make sure stuff like "corn meal" isn't some of the first things mentioned.
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