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bigvince 04-17-2012 07:28 AM

how often to feed my convict?
i have a jack demspey convict and a Black Convict Cichlid my friend told me if i feed them once a day they would grow faster is that true ? i have them on San Francisco Bay Brand® Sally's Spirulina Brine Shrimp Fish Food also Hikari Cichlid Gold Pellet Fish Food i drop like 5 pellets with half a block of other stuff is there any other recommendation for food i was goona add meal worms when they add about 2 more inches to there length there about a inch now there very ctive and like to hide so im makeing some new hiding spots for them this weekend

Tazman 04-17-2012 08:04 AM

No harm in dropping a few zucchini / lettuce pieces in as well, it may take a few attempts before they eat them but once they do, they will eat them readily.

Trick is, is to add them into small pieces during regular feeding, observe the behavior.

Peas, carrots are generally not a good idea for JD as they do not offer a lot for them. The convicts might eat them.

If you add these do not overfeed them until the fish are eating them, otherwise vacuum or remove any pieces left over. When I had my JD and convicts I used something similar to this, which allowed me to remove the pieces if uneaten. Make sure it is plastic with hardly any metal parts. For lettuce, a small rock can be used to hold the leaf in position.

:thumbsup: to what you are feeding now.

bigvince 04-17-2012 08:07 AM

thanks is spinach ok to feed them also? i buy mixed spinach salads al the time and can pull a couple of leaves out

Tazman 04-17-2012 08:11 AM

wash it first and make sure nothing is added to it. should be fine..just keep an eye on it in case it breaks up as spinach is flimsy compared to lettuce leaves.

bigvince 04-17-2012 08:21 AM

ok will do but it is ok to feed them once daily also ?

Tazman 04-17-2012 08:27 AM

Feeding twice a day would be better off, give them only as much as they will eat fully in 1-2 minutes. Try and remove any uneaten food within 24 hours if you do not have any bottom feeders, then it will prevent decay in your water parameters.

bigvince 04-17-2012 08:36 AM

cool then i can feed them before i go to wrok and right after i get home my tank is currently divide its 55 gal with a home made divider it has a large female jack demp bout 4 inches and about a 4 inch placo also i can move it over to the other side with them smaller fish just dont want my female lonely either tho

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