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Old 09-22-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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How to tell if Cichlids are hungry?

Hey guys, how can you tell if your cichlid is hungry? I feel as though everytime I approach them they are hungry but I know thats just them being happy swimming up and down.. but how often do u guys feed your cichlids? Thanks,,
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:35 PM   #2
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They're probably wired to always be hungry (in the wild there's no telling when their next meal will be so they'll instinctively take advantage of food whenever it is present).

They're also quick to associate the person who feeds them with food. So your mere presence will illicit a feeding response from them.
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I feed my angels every other day. I feed my apisto fry daily. When I had mbuna, I fed them once every 3 days, as I do most of my fish. My mbuna would always come up to the front of the tank when I'd walk by.... but never anyone else. They knew I was the one that fed them.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:20 PM   #4
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so if you had cichlids how often would u feed them. everyday?
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It really just depends on the fish. Like I said, my angels get fed every other day. My apisto fry get fed daily. If I still had my mbuna, they would be fed once every 3 days. Are you wanting feeding info on specific fish?
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ah ok, yea, more towards african and south american cichlids
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I feed all my fish once daily.
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Old 09-23-2011, 01:29 AM   #8
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I feed small amounts twice daily to my mbuna and frontosas.
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:44 AM   #9
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I follow a rule I read somewhere that you should feed 2 to 3 times daily, as much as they can eat in 2 minutes, without leaving food on the floor of the tank. My mbunas and Tangs are thriving. I even have a pair of Neolamprologus Leleupi that just had a fry.

Also... I just ran out of nls color enhancing formula for cichlids and began using a big can of flake....the difference is night and day. Definitely going back to nls when this crap is gone.
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I follow a rule I read somewhere that you should feed 2 to 3 times daily, as much as they can eat in 2 minutes, without leaving food on the floor of the tank. My mbunas and Tangs are thriving. I even have a pair of Neolamprologus Leleupi that just had a fry.

Also... I just ran out of nls color enhancing formula for cichlids and began using a big can of flake....the difference is night and day. Definitely going back to nls when this crap is gone.
What's the difference??

I watched a video by a cichlid expert, and he said that though the general rule is 2 minutes, with cichlids it's 30 seconds. He said in 30 seconds the water should be crystal clear!
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