Thread: Feeder fish
03-27-2010, 09:00 PM #1
So I want to feed my Flowerhorn live foods. But the only live things I can get are comet goldfish and guppies. Only problem is there in such small tanks with such large amounts of fish. Is there a way to treat them? Before I put them in my tank. I feed her meal worms on occasion as a treat. But would like her to actually hunt some sort of fish see what she would do. thanks"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds." -Albert Einstein
03-27-2010, 09:42 PM #2
Live food can be great option although I myself recommend it only as a "treat". It can place a load on your cycle.
If you want to feed live food, I would recommend one of two options:
- raise your own (guppies/mollies/etc,, rapidly breed)
- treat your bought feeders in a quarrantine tank then feed them.
If you know your LFS and can trust their feeder stock, enjoy.
I personally usually will do frozen food and a good flake/pellet.
Enjoy! They are a great fish.
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03-27-2010, 10:08 PM #3
I feed all my predatory fish live food regularly, mainly in the form of mollies and guppies. If you have a reputable supplier, then you should be able to add them straight away.
Breeding them is a cheaper option, but more responsbility on yourself.
My opinion is that you should always use frozen meat options such as frozenfish, seafood selections and other processed food as thsi will illicit a natural feeding response. Really feeder fish should only be used for acclimatisation rather than a regular feeding habit. it will cause more problems that solutions within your feeding regimen..
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03-27-2010, 10:15 PM #4
Live food is not necessary. If you want to use as a treat guppies, mollies or platies would be best. Thou you should quarentine them first. Crickets are a good treat, better than mealworms. Mealworms have little nutrition and a hard outer chitin shell, which is not easily digested.55 gallon planted community
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03-27-2010, 10:15 PM #5
A quarantine tank would help.It will give you somewhere to keep the feeders til you are sure they are healthy.20-30 gallons would be good.Ray Your Freindly Neighborhood,Fully Mod-ified, Self-appointed Pic Hound!! Need pics!!!
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03-27-2010, 11:35 PM #6
All you can do is keep the feeders in your care for a month. Simple.A severe lack of trichogaster.
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