02-13-2007, 04:20 PM
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Feeder fish are expensive and care has to be taken when using them
First, if you want to use feeder fish you will need to quarantine them for about a month minimum to make sure they arent carrying any paracites, during this time you need to treat them with the same care as the other fish.
Second, Constantly buying them at your lfs can prove to be a hassle
Third, even with that large quarantine there is still a pretty high risk of spreading diseases and paracites.
The best way to carry out a feeder fish diet is to make the fish yourself, buy shrimp or guppies, i would use saltwater feeder shrimp since that way it is more natural and shrimp has a less likely chance of spreading paracites. Put them in a separate tank and wait for them to start having eggs, when you see a female carrying eggs, take her out and put her in yet another tank until she lays them, put the female back in the breeder tank and raise the shrimp yourself, when they are at significant size, net them out and feed them to your fish, pretty soon you will have a pattern and will never run out, plus this way costs less. Do the same with feeder guppies
you also dont give us enough information about your tank, normal lighting?? what does that mean? a desk light on top of the tank or a metal halide light??? please include more specific information