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post #1 of 8 Old 01-30-2011, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Spinach for Platys

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I read somewhere that you can blanch spinach and then feed it to platys as theyre herbivores and prefer this to meat. What i want to know is can you do this and can you completely repalce fish food with blanched spinach. Also,if it is used as a supplement to flake food how much should i feed them?

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-01-2011, 10:12 PM
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As I recall platys are actually omnivores and general garbage disposals which means they will eat either. I wouldn't feed them spinach more then twice a week as it won't have all the proper nutrition.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-02-2011, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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what if i give them it with the flake food every day and have it as a supplement to there diet?

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post #4 of 8 Old 02-02-2011, 02:06 PM
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Old Fish Lady shared a great homemade recipe on here a while back. Take a raw shrimp, some blanched spinach, and a clove of garlic. Mash it all up into a paste and freeze it.

I feed this to my community tank (there are 6 platys in there) a few times a week in place of flakes/bloodworms and they all go ballistic for it.

Just break of a little piece, thaw it in some tank water and feed. Just be sure that it's small enough for those little fish mouths so they don't get a huge piece and try to swallow it all at once.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-03-2011, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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cool ill have to try that would a prawn be ok in place of the shrimp?

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post #6 of 8 Old 02-03-2011, 08:33 PM
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Yes, it's the same thing. Americans call them shrimp, Australians call them prawns.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-04-2011, 09:37 AM
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cool ill have to try that would a prawn be ok in place of the shrimp?

Yup - same thing. Just use it raw.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-04-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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aah sorry

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