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Old 10-20-2011, 08:09 PM   #1
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Cichlid food question

I was at walmart today and got my fish hikari cichlid staple, it has min. 35 % crude protein is that alright for my lab to eat.
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No. Hikari, especially the staple, can promote bloat. You need a high quality pellet food (not found at Wal-Mart). It is not just the percentage but the quality of the protein.

The best food by far right now is New Life Spectrum. You may find it at a local fish shop (not a big box store, although Petco carries a limited selection) or order it online. Either way it is definitely worth it. Don't worry about getting a cichlid formula, they are all almost identical. I would go with the Thera+A formula in whatever size fits your cichlids. All NLS foods contain garlic but the Thera+A formula has enough to kill some parasites. I suggest trying it exclusively for 3-4 months to see what it can do for your fish.
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I just order some new life spectrum thera+a for my babies but my yellow lab is looking pretty bad. Got any suggestions on how to cure Malawi bloat
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Feed some deshelled peas and nothing else until the NLS gets there.
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Should I put her in different tank and treAt her? Or can she stay with other fish? How long do I feed her the shelled peas? And which shelled peas would be better frozen, canned, or fresh?
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Thawed & deshelled frozen peas if I remember correctly is the best way to go.
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Alrite thanks and do I need to separate her to own tank? How long do I feed the peas to her?
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Fast for 3 days then feed the peas for a couple, the fish can stay in the tank.
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She died last nite I'm so sad I hate losing my fish.
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we all learn somehow - im sorry it was this way xxxx
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