Originally Posted by thekoimaiden
First off, your bichirs are beautiful!
I'd love to have one but don't have the tank space. Now that I'm done drooling over them....
If they mostly put on girth it sounds like your buddy way overfed them. They also probably managed to scavenge some bloodworms. You could try skipping a feeding or only feeding every other day for a week. They do look a little chubby. It's great that you are getting them some fresh food; I feed my goldies almost exclusively on fresh foods and gel foods. You could also try orange slices stuck to the wall with a lettuce clip. My guys are going crazy over one in the tank behind me right now. I also like to give my guys fresh and cubed frozen spinach and cooked shrimp bites (I cook up an extra shrimp when I have it for dinner). I know it makes me sound dorky, but I love hand-feeding my fancies. ^-^
Since they are so young, they actually need a diet higher in protein so they will grow and develop properly. (I'm guessing from the size they are under a year.) Once they reach a few years you can cut back on their protein. Ideally they need a food that has between 50% and 60% protein, but those are hard to find in commercial foods; what you are doing for them is fine. The comets are much hardier than the fancies.
Hehe, those two are my pride and joy. I call them Zorn and Thorn, although their nicknames are Monster One and Monster Two. They are my pride I got them when they were thinner than a pencil and and a little over an inch long. My how they grew D:
The new tank was obtained just for them for their current size but even then it's only temporary till I can locate a good deal on a 75 gal or a 100 gal. (didn't pay much either, got the stand and tank for 45 bucks just had to scrub the tank out). Anyway that said, I figured that's probably what happened.
I found conflicting info on the protein percentage. I didn't know that they really need the higher protein at the earlier stage(but it makes sense). I don't know how I can go about skipping feeding them. I sort of skipped yesterday because they are so chubby, but the result is they begin to bother to Bichirs and try to steal their food.
I'll have to get a new lettuce clip (I broke the first one) and try that thing with the oranges. Perhaps if I can find something that really excites them I can put that out when I feed the Bichirs so they get some peace. About how long should I leave it in(the orange slice) before it starts to dirty up the tank?
The Bichirs I am beginning to have a real problem with food wise. The blocks of Blood Worm I get just are not enough(small tiny worms they make a mess and are harder for the Bichirs to track down). I'd like to move them over to worms but I don't know of a place in my area where I can get them and trust it. Freeze dried stuff floats on the top and they never bother with it. I've tried cut up Shrimp before but they ignore it. I don't want to do feeder fish due to risk of parasite but I've thought about live krill. I'm not sure which meats are good to give, and how to prepare them and have not had much luck finding that kind of info.
I have found the Sarasas like to eat freeze dried shrimp. So once a week I put a few of those in there.