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NeonRainbow123 01-30-2011 01:10 PM

Spinach for Platys
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?

Any help would be greatly appreciated :-D

zof 02-01-2011 10:12 PM

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.

NeonRainbow123 02-02-2011 01:22 PM

what if i give them it with the flake food every day and have it as a supplement to there diet?

Romad 02-02-2011 02:06 PM

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.

NeonRainbow123 02-03-2011 01:31 PM

cool ill have to try that would a prawn be ok in place of the shrimp?

tanker 02-03-2011 08:33 PM

Yes, it's the same thing. Americans call them shrimp, Australians call them prawns.

Romad 02-04-2011 09:37 AM


Originally Posted by NeonRainbow123 (Post 578648)
cool ill have to try that would a prawn be ok in place of the shrimp?

Yup - same thing. Just use it raw.

NeonRainbow123 02-04-2011 10:53 AM

aah sorry :oops: :-)

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