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Old 07-20-2015, 10:26 AM   #1
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Flakes? Pellets? Frozen? DIY Food?

I'm wondering what you all feed your tank? I'm constantly switching between NLS Pellets and Saltwater flakes as well as frozen mysis/brine and Nori sheets. The fish seem to HATE these pellets and most won't touch them. They are also not sinking like they should be which results in tons of waste/dirty tank. I should also say that I'm trying to automate small feedings to my tank once a day with an Eheim automatic fish feeder and these pellets. Then later in the day when I'm home I'll feed them with something else. I'm almost to the point where I'm going to completely stop the pellets and flake food. All the pellets seem to do is dirty the water and not get eaten and I can't find the same flake food at my LFS anymore. Any thoughts and helpful tips are always greatly appreciated.
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I don't feed flakes or pellets at all. I use gut loaded frozen foods and nori. Flakes and pellets have a ton of phosphates in them so I avoid at all costs.
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Thanks for the response. After I run out of the pellets/flakes I won't be buying more. Can you recommend any good frozen brands?
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Also how long would you leave Nori in the tank? My fish seem to enjoy having it but they also slowly graze on it rather then attacking it
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I'm not a good choice on brands as I use the only brand available in my area. When the store changes, so do I like it or not.
When it comes to the nori, it doesn't last very long in my tank so the only removing it is when my various filtration systems are removing poop from the water column kicks in
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I make my own food from food grade, supermarket fresh, fish and inverts. Cleaner than any frozen or pellet/flake, and smells better too. 15-20 bucks can make a lot of food.
I got some new additions that were only eating pellets in the previous tank, so I'm forced to feed them this as well, but I'm hoping to convert them also.
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I've done a little reading on DIY food. Maybe I'll turn that into my next project. Thanks for the replies I'll definitely turn away from the pellets and flakes.
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One thing I am a believer in is variety. I feed all the type you mentioned. Mr. X has a good recipe for a DIY food. I`ve seen it and for fish it is quite good and healthy.
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I'll back that. If I could get market fresh food I would make my own as well.


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Awesome. It sounds like that'll be all around the best choice and would be fun to experiment. Mr.X would you mind sharing your recipes? or do you have a link if you already have? A starting point for ideas would be great. I'll check out the DIYF forum too. And I guess I'll be returning this auto feeder haha
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