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Old 07-18-2013, 07:08 PM   #11
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Brine shrimp is not very nutritious. Freeze dried food will just float around or break apart in very small particles, and much of it will be missed by your fish anyway IMO. You don't have access to frozen food?
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I feed frozen food one time, then next time flakes. 25% weekly water changes.

If you add flake food you will see them go crazy at first, then add a small amount more after they finish that, they will slow down. Keep adding small amounts for just a couple minutes. That is all they need. I use a feeding ring to keep the food all in one place. Easier to make sure they are eating what you are putting in. They are cheap and suction to the side of the tank.

Frozen food is tougher. I usually thaw it in tank water first, then strain the water out. They have itty bitty strainers that I found about 3-4 inches across. Great for this. Then I put the strainer in the tank and swish it around. Hard to control what comes out. It all floats around. Can't be helped. I usually come back 10 minutes later and can't find a spot of any food left. They find it. I find it fun to see their fat little bellies after having frozen stuff.

The more food you put in, the more comes out, the more ends up as nitrates in the end. I feed light to keep the trates down.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:44 PM   #13
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Brine shrimp is not very nutritious. Freeze dried food will just float around or break apart in very small particles, and much of it will be missed by your fish anyway IMO. You don't have access to frozen food?
Do they have them at petco or anything? If so who chic kind should I get?
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I'm not sure about petco. No specialized pet/fish stores in your area?
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I think Petco has frozen foods. I know the one that I go into sometimes has a little freezer. I've never looked to see exactly what they have though.
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you can get whatever you need at the supermarket. No need to pay LFS prices.
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I'm not sure about petco. No specialized pet/fish stores in your area?
I do but petco is really close. If I chose to get frozen shrimp what kind Should I get?
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Uncooked, still in shell shrimp. I also buy raw oysters that are uncooked. My fish love it!!
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Uncooked, still in shell shrimp. I also buy raw oysters that are uncooked. My fish love it!!
Do you chop the shrimp up?
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The shrimp I cut into sections and leave the shell on for my puffer to gnaw on. The other fish love it too and will let the puffer rip it apart and eat the scraps. Pretty cool to watch. If you don't have a puffer, you can just peel the shell and cut it up.
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