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post #1 of 3 Old 03-29-2010, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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So I have a 30g tank filled with various plants, I think there is about 13 plants in there probably 6 different kinds.

I have a Dwarf Gourami, 2 Red Minor Tetras, 2 Black Phantom Tetras, 2 Harlequin Rasboras and 2 Silver Hatchet fish.

I'd like to know what would be the best food to feed them or grow for them, I have a Chameleon and I have raised an insect colony to feed him, I was wondering if I can also do that for the fish and if so what should would be the best thing to try and grow for my fish.
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-29-2010, 07:10 PM
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I'm responding with a suggestion on your fish stocking, as there are some issues looming. Except for the gourami, all the fish are shoaling fish that live in large groups and will be much less stressed and therefore healthier if they have more of their own species to socialize and interact with in the aquarium. A minimum of six is usually considered for tetras, hatchetfish and rasbora. In a 30g tank you have room and I would certainly advise that you add 4 more of the black phantom, rasbora and hatchets if you want to keep these fish.

The red minor tetra may be a problem. Common names are next to useless with many of the tetras, as suppliers and stores often make them up. Blood characin, Blood tetra, Jewel tetra, Serpae Tetra and Red Minor Tetra are frequently used for the species Hyphessobrycon eques. If this is what you have, be warned that they can be nasty fin nippers. And keeping them in less than large groups (of 8 or more) can tend to bring out this trait even more than otherwise. We have this fish in our profiles for more info, here is the link:

In addition to adding to the other fish numbers, I would suggest exchanging the two red minor tetras. In a 30g with fewer numbers they may turn into a real terror.

I don't bother with live food, so I will leave that question for those who do. I have hatched brine shrimp and used live worms when spawning some fish, but not generally. Most prepared foods are very nutritious.


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post #3 of 3 Old 03-30-2010, 04:44 AM
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Yep, live foods are only really a necessity for the pickiest of fish, none of which you have. A staple of high-quality prepared foods (flakes, pellets, etc.) supplemented with frozen foods keeps fish healthy and happy. For frozen foods, bloodworms and brine shrimp are probably going to be the best option for the smallish fish you've got.

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