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  1. Default less messy alternative to pellets for cichlids?

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    Hi guys,

    I've had my 75 gal for the better part of the year and i've been feeding pellets to my african cichlids. However, i'm wondering if there are alternatives to pellets that make less mess?

    When my fish eat, they pick up 5-6 pellets in their mouth and then chew them, spitting some through their gills and making a mess in the tank. Some of this is picked up by the filters, some settles on the bottom and is messy.

    Any advice how to improve for a cleaner tank if possible?

    Here's some additional information:

    - I do not overfeed. Not a single pellet ever lands on the tank gravel. All get picked up and eaten its just the mess from eating.
    - There are 5 cichlids (yellow labs), one catfish and one pleco in the tank
    - Tank has a Fluval 305 and AC70 filters running at all times.

    Thanks so much :)

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    I don't think there's any real good way to avoid the mess. I mean, all cichlid fishes are hearty and messy eaters. Pellets are a great staple food and you just need to do your part with picking up after their mess and doing the water changes.
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    I would think pellets would produce the least amount of mess. As Spardas has stated, messy eaters will always be messy eaters.
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    What brand are you using? I use New Life Spectrum and don't see much mess/waste...
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    Hikari also has a good rep in cichlid food.

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    Thanks for the replies guys! I will stick with pellets, but will try and source out some smaller size ones. Maybe they'll eat them in less messy way.

    Currently I do feed New Life Spectrum, but they are 3mm pellets. Gonna try and find some smaller ones for them.


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    You might want to feed brine every once in awhile, Yellow labs being more insectivorous anyway. I've never seen brine shrimp gill-washed as bad as pellets...they generally scarf it down like they can't get enough.

    I have noticed too, that if the pellets are too small, some cichlids just ignore them...

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