View Full Version : Tropheus food

06-06-2009, 12:17 PM
Can anyone with some experience keeping the tropheus duboisi point me towards a good/readily available brand vege flake/pellet food for them?

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06-06-2009, 12:47 PM
New Life spectrum pellets. The cichlid type can't go wrong with it. Best food on the market IMO. I feed all my fish it and have never used any other pellets since I switched. :ssmile:

They also make a flake food too.

06-06-2009, 06:32 PM
I will look into that, is that a vege/algae wafer type of food? the duboisi needs a very high content of vege matter vs crude protein

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06-06-2009, 06:55 PM
I do beleive they do a vegi flake food. Not sure on the pellets but here is the link to there site.

It shows you all the different types they make and info. :ssmile:


06-06-2009, 11:47 PM
They do not have a veggie formula besides the wafers, which I would not recommend. Instead, the rest of the ingredients are digested easily enough and of high enough quality to not need a veggie formula. Keep in mind that most veggie formulas are barely different than all the other foods that company makes except maybe they moved spirulina up a few ingredients and used green dye instead of a red or orange.

06-07-2009, 12:04 AM
Ok, so I guess there's not much I can give them that will really make a difference then is there?

06-07-2009, 02:42 AM
I would use New Life Spectrum Thera+A of appropriate size. The extra garlic in the Thera+A can help kill parasites and other pathogens. IT can greatly reduce the frequency of any health problems.

06-07-2009, 02:43 AM
They need a very veggie based diet...

06-07-2009, 04:08 AM
NLS has proven many times to be an ideal diet for fish with very specialized digestive systems. From mbunas to tropheus to frontosa, and that is just in freshwater.

06-07-2009, 02:47 PM
"HBH Natural Veggie Flake Premium" flakes constitutes the staple of my tropheus duboisi's diet (provided daily). Lots of 'plant matter'/veggies in the ingredients combined with a low protein content which ideal for tropheus' and other herbivorous african cichlids:


My t. duboisi is also provided New Life Spectrum (Cichlid Formula)as a secondary supplement (fed with the above flakes about 3-4 times a week). Minimum protein content being 34% (first nine ingredients being: Krill, Herring, Wheat Flour, Algae Meal, Soybean Isolate, Fish Oil, Beta Carotene, Spirulina, & Garlic).

The only other flake food I would consider are the Pure Spirulina Flakes from Kensfish.com which are 100% pure spirula flakes. I find the flakes too be too fine for fish over 2" though, otherwise it would be incorporated into my tropheus' diet as well.