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Old 03-14-2012, 09:17 PM   #1
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Pellets VS Flakes

Could someone please explain the difference between those, which is better?
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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Dear SLoViper,

It depends on the fish and also what they are used to. For instance, it is recommended that goldfish eat sinking pellets to prevent them gulping down--goldies are piggies--flakes on the the surface and swallowing air.... Some goldies have trouble with pellets at first--not looking for them sinking--because they were raised with flakes. But because they are piggies, they adjust rapidly.

My tropicals are another matter--parrot, tiger barbs, tetras, platyies. I inherited them from a friend who was moving. They were used to flakes. I valiantly tried to switch them to pellets. They never got hungry enough to eat the pellets before they became decomposing litter on the bottom of the tank. So I relented and are back to flakes.

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I use a combination of the two. That way my greedy tropicals will eat at the flakes but the pellets will sink and my Raphael cat will have something to eat.
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It seems that my tropicals like both flakes and pellets, but what im concerned is will the sinking pellets pollute the water?
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If you dont overfeed, it shouldnt be a problem. You will definately want to remove any uneaten food though. The pellets themselves are just compressed fish food and will fall apart after a short time when exposed to the water. Just a quick vacuum will remove anything uneaten that falls into the substrate.
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I agree wholeheartedly. Feed the proper food for the proper species and don't overfeed.

We feed a variety of foods including shrimp pellets, algae wafers, cichlid mix (flakes/sticks/pellets), various frozen foods like brine shrimp and plankton, my fry get golden pearls and decapsulated brine shrimp eggs. I also soak the food in Garlic Guard or Vita-Chem every few days.
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