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  1. Default Good food/advice for my 7 new sterbas!!!

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    I'm so happy I finally got my sterbas in so now I have 10 lemon tetras and 7 of them in my slightly planted 29g. I'm still waiting for my centerpiece driftwood to sink it's tied to a frickin rock for over 2 months :/ before I order plants. They had to be tank bred too all their fins are good looking their all around an inch or so. They really seem to enjoy the tahitian sand on the bottom as well in my 29g.

    I have shrimp pellets (kind of old maybe 5 years but my other fish didnt mind does it expire?) algae wafers, bloodworms, and tetra flake. 2morrow in the day should I drop some shrimp pellets for them? and maybe before bed some bloodworms and flake so the tetras dont eat them all on them like right before the lights go out put some in? I also have bio blend herbivore that stuff sinks.

    The LFS prices are insane 20 bucks for a thing of algae waffers and $6 for .7 ounces of algae waffers its nuts!!! I'd like some food advice and recommendations on a good site to order from the only cheap stuff around here are the fish.

    I was kinda worried that they didn't eat but they just got in the tank so it's to be expected. Also they seem to be trying to get to the top of the tank but don't go all the way; I know they gulp bubbles of air I hope my filters arent so strong they can't.
    Last edited by FishGuy67; 04-10-2013 at 12:53 AM.

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    I saw one gulp air and decided to turn the filters off they swim all but like an inch from the top and go back down i think they are just exploring. Really healthy fish great buy on my part. I really wanna give em the best food possible and get these great looking fish even better looking and full grown!

    Once my bioload is ready next up is my GBR then I might get 3 more sterbas and maybe 5 more lemon tetras. Then maybe a month into the future a nice dwarf pleco that likes water at 80 degrees like my corys and GBR do.

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    Don't switch your filter off!!

    Hikari makes a nice sinking cory wafer, get that and toss those old shrimp pellets

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    Ordering some of that online til i get it should I just keep trying with shrimp pellets and putting some bloodworms etc in before night so they have time to sink for them? They nibble on the flake food a bit when its on the bottom but don't really go crazy for it.

    I just wanna make sure they are getting food without overfeeding.

    Oh and when I had my filter off all the media stayed wet so don't sweat it lol.

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    I haven't even had them for 24 hours yet so id imagine that's why they only peck at flake etc. Those hikari wafers are pretty good looking they had what I can get for 8 bucks online 20 bucks at the store about; how insane is that.

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    Feed what you got. Thing is with outdated food, vitamin content will have gone down. For a week or even two that's no problem but it's not healthy long term.
    There may be other good brands on the market where you live. I recommend hikari because I know it's a global brand and it's very good quality food.

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    I got some dry foods online also some plant tabs I'm going to need for $30 a single thing of shrimp pellets here is over 20 lol. That hikari food you said about and shrimp pellets.

    I find myself worried I'm gonna mess it up with my corys but they are all healthy swimming around etc. I would just feel better if I saw them eating. Though like I said it's only been 24 hours heck not even since I got them.

    My LFS said they just give them tetra flake once they settle in maybe 2morrow they will take some instead of just nibbling on them.
    Last edited by FishGuy67; 04-10-2013 at 07:58 PM.

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    Most people here will tell you it's perfectly normal for new fish not to eat the first 24-48 hours. What you should see by now is some foraging behaviour. I bet that by the weekend they will be trying to eat flake from the bottom.

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    Yeah atm they are all over the tank with their whiskers in the sand etc; it's kind of funny my tetras aren't use to them yet so they kinda freak em out a lil bit ever since I put them in they stay 1 in school instead of splitting up lol.

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    They are finally eating flake off the bottom 2 of them are yellow the rest are still pretty young with the purple coloration. It's hard to tell them apart but I try to make sure they all get food. Hopefully the transition into more diverse foods like the ones I ordered with time but atm I'm just happy they are eating I was getting worried.

    Anyone know what age they turn from purple to yellow? out of the 7 2 are yellow.

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