question about feeding
I was wondering what would be good to feed my 2 algae eaters, 1 common pleco and 2 platydoras costatus (striped raphael catfish)? I typically feed my fish tetramin pro tropical crisps and frozen bloodworms a few times a week. I bought tetramin tropical tablets because it stated it was for bottom feeders. Would this be a good selection? And, if so, how many tablets would you recommend and how often?
What size are they?
the algae eaters are about 3", the pleco about 5" and the cat fish are about 2 1/2"
Well you are going to have to test to see how much they consume in a specific time. There should be directions on your food. They are all different.
I am very picky when it comes to certain brands..you should look at the ingredients..look for natural food to the fish. Some expensive and high commercial products (like Hikari) contain a lot of filler products like yeast, flour and other junk. (they do this with dog food, cat food, etc) The best veggie rounds I have found are Omega One.
As far as feeding they recommend feeding 3 times a day using only as much food as they can consume in 2 mins. But I have 2 bushynose plecos about 2-3 inches and I give them both 1 chip 2 times day. I don't like my fish to go hungry so I also add 2 half inch slices of squash or cucumber tied to a rock, this keeps them fed without the negative effects of putting in too many messy veggie chips. I just leave them in there until they eat them up..which is very quick for my 2 little plecos.
Bloodworms are definately good to most fish. I have never seen them turned down. Sound like you will need to put in more bloodworms since your cats are mostly carnivores. Maybe 1/4 of a frozen block 2 times a day. I personally wouldn't use flake food as a main food supple for the fish you have but it is good to mix it up.
This is just my opinion..everyone may do it differently.
Hope I helped some!
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