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rsskylight04 12-04-2013 12:06 PM

A balanced diet for cichlids
Shortly after I joined tfk a most excellent member of the reference team ( Agent13) reccommended that I feed a balanced diet of foods to my jack dempsey cichlid. I had never really thought about that before. I have always fed a variety of foods; flakes and a variety of frozen fishfoods (bloodworm, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, krill, and silversides) ; but now after our discussion I also include fresh veg. My dempsey had always destroyed any plants I tried to put in his tank. Even ones he didn't eat he would violently rip to shreds, especialy anubias- he seemed to really hate anubias. I always viewed his behaviour as a display of aggression or a territorial issue. Looking back now I can see that he was probaly craving veg and was unsatified with my offerings. He loves sweet peas, canned corn and squash, won't eat carrots, cabbage, or green beans. His colors are A LOT more intense now and his background color is much darker. Best of all, he is no longer a plant-killer! I put a small anubias in his tank yesterday and it was still in one piece this morning.

Thankyou agent13 for the excellent advice , I thank you , my dempsey thanks you, and most of all, the anubias thanks you!

Agent13 12-04-2013 12:17 PM

Haha, you're most welcome and glad your JD is happy ! Isn't it funny watching them attack the veggies though? I swear it's part food part toy for cichlids!

Captain Jim Dandy 12-30-2013 01:39 AM

That is popular as these africans are right now, I had not heard that veggies could be that important or good. I came into twenty young OB Peacocks the other day and this is my first time with them, although I have a little experience with kribensis and red jewels..amazing how shy they are, but relaxing some..they are mostly an inch long, a couple (males?) are double that or nearly..would peas and carrots be good?:|

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