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    Hi everyone,
    I was wondering if there is some kind of "sinkable" feeder I could use whenever my fish get their weekly blood worm treat...the problem is whenever I try to feed BW to the entire tank, the fatty platys and the greedy guppies eat all of the BW before they have a chance to become re-hydrated and sink down to the tetra's level, so they are usually left out of treat time.

    Just some sort of fillable, weighted, porous ball or cube on a string would work, and I swear I thought I saw something like that on the interweb, but can't find it now...seems it would be easy to come up with some sort of DIY set-up to do this, but I'm at a loss.

    Any ideas?
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    I use frozen bloodworm cubes for my fish, I get a cup and I fill it with tank water (as not to use tap water with chlorine) to thaw them and then dump it in to spread it out, they sink rather rapidly right away. I wonder if you can do the same - pre soak them in tank water so they sink readily when you add it to the tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Longshot View Post
    I use frozen bloodworm cubes for my fish, I get a cup and I fill it with tank water (as not to use tap water with chlorine) to thaw them and then dump it in to spread it out, they sink rather rapidly right away. I wonder if you can do the same - pre soak them in tank water so they sink readily when you add it to the tank.
    Thanks, but already tried that...the tetras were still left out...if I could somehow "trap" the BW until everyone had a chance, the tetras may actually get a nibble
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    what about going to a farm feed place or similar, and getting a large dosing syringe, fill it with your BW/water mix and "shooting" it at mid water level closer the tetras? My, aren't fish owners some world class enablers? lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Longshot View Post
    what about going to a farm feed place or similar, and getting a large dosing syringe, fill it with your BW/water mix and "shooting" it at mid water level closer the tetras? My, aren't fish owners some world class enablers? lol.
    LOL, yes, anything for our fish...that syringe deal may work, though, thanks
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    Add a few to one end of the tank and a few to the other end. Tetra's are fast and they will get their share. They will also pick up what sinks to the bottom. The problem with platy's is that they are hogs and why they get constipated so often. A few blood worms 3x a week "after" regular feeding is ok, too.

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    Yes ma'am, I've done that a few times too....you are right, those platy's act like they're starved regardless of when and what they are fed

    I keep thinking I saw a "sinking feeder" or such online somewhere, and now it's bugging me
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    take a thin gravel vacuum and remove the flexible tubing and everything except the rigid plastic vacuum tube you stick in the gravel. keep one end over the surface to pour whatever food in and have the other end at the level of your tetras.
    once you pour the food in it will sink untouched through the tube and come out at the level you want. works best with smaller, narrower tubes because they are handier and fish tend not to get teh urge to swim right on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madagascariensis View Post
    take a thin gravel vacuum and remove the flexible tubing and everything except the rigid plastic vacuum tube you stick in the gravel. keep one end over the surface to pour whatever food in and have the other end at the level of your tetras.
    once you pour the food in it will sink untouched through the tube and come out at the level you want. works best with smaller, narrower tubes because they are handier and fish tend not to get teh urge to swim right on.
    Hey, that's a good idea!...even a 1/2" piece of clean PVC would work, and I have some of that out in the garage!...thanks madagascariensis!
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    clear tubes would be better so you can see the downward progress of the food, but pvc should work fine too.

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