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Old 02-13-2005, 07:01 PM   #1
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Feeding Techniques

I currently only have two fish in my tank, a Sleeper Goby and a Firefish. I am only feeding them Frozen Brine Shrimp at the moment. My question is, should I be thawing out the chunks or no?
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Old 02-13-2005, 08:55 PM   #2
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You should but they will eat it anyway. You should be thawing it in a cup of water and straining it to get rid of the water. It can cause problems with your water quality.
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I have heard brine shrimp described as fish junk food. It has little benefits to the fish and should be used as a treat not as a regular diet.

You can thaw frozen foods in a small cup of tank water and like Kat said drain off excess liquids before adding to the tank.
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RMPD, can you point me in the direction of a nice healthy diet? As I said previously I have a firefish and sleeper goby, next will probably be two perculas.

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mysid shrimp will give a better meal and a good flake would be fine for the firefish.
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don't just throw the frozen food block into the tank it can damage the fishes gills. I put mine into a cup and let it melt in water then pour it into the tank. I also feed tropical flacks and pellets in small amounts
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variety is good. brine is not bad, it just shouldn't be the only thing. Mysis is better. My clown loves mysis.
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I put mine into a cup and let it melt in water then pour it into the tank.
Be advised that ,many have reported that the liquid in some frozen foods is LOADED with phosphates, and you're better of NOT adding the liquid from the FF to your tank water.
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1. fill small cup/dish with tank water
2. drop frozen cube in
3. thaw
4. pour it through brine shrimp net to remove all liquid
5. rinse once in tap water
6. feed individual pinches of food to tank
7. discard leftovers, or feed to another tank

That's how I feed frozen mysis and krill. if its frozen Formula food, I don't rinse it after thawing.

For the record, my 4 fish, 40gallon breeder tank doesn't even consume a whole cube of mysis shrimp...so if you only have 2 fish, don't be feeding a whole cube.
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I've only been doing half of the cube.. Just enough that my firefish gets his share, and the rest falls to the bottom and the goby scoops it up. Rarely any left, and i turn down the filters so they don't suck it up.

I will go to the LFS and get some Mysis and flake today.
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