The above poster could not have said it better.
Make sure you have a fine substrate and good filtration! I used to have my HOB and Submersible running simultaneously. I don't compromise on excellent water quality!
Feeding a high protein food can be done just as long as its one serving per day this is like 3 granules of Tetra Bits per fish . Nothing more or they will get Malawi bloat! You don't want that.....
I make my own version of Tetra Bits which is formulated to increase growth, color and fin quality. This food is for omnivorous fish as well as carnivorous. I noticed a size increase in my orandas after a month on the food.
There's many recipes on the net, not all of the good, but you can make a similar food and try and make granules or pellets(Good luck
) .Most homemade food is either frozen or a paste it is almost impossible to make pellets without proper DRY ingredients.
It took me long before I figured out the correct ratio of all the ingredients to get the Granule form. Unfortunately the recipe is not available to anyone.
Tetra Bits is an ideal food. Use the serving size I suggested and you will be okay. Feed Cucumber or Zucchini 1 day before the fast.