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  1. Default Ran Out Of Algae Wafers! What To Feed Cichlids?


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    My LFS is closed and I didn't get the chance to buy my juvenile cichlids some food. They tear algae wafers up lol. What can they eat in the meantime?

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    What Species?

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    Don't know anything about juvi cichlids but algae eaters like otos and plecos love zucchini... so you might give that a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AquaLady View Post
    My LFS is closed and I didn't get the chance to buy my juvenile cichlids some food. They tear algae wafers up lol. What can they eat in the meantime?
    Pretty poor planning then.

    Raid the fridge, see if there's any leaf veg. Rinse well and nuke briefly before feeding.

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    Blanched lettuce, spinach ??
    No Cory, No Glory !!

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    I have a Red Zebra, some Kenyis, Socolofis and some I don't know what they are lol. Like this guy.
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    You should be feeding your cichlids more than algae wafers. They need a good cichlid pellet.
    In the mean tme, if you have any fish or shrimp in the freezer, you might cook a bit of it, break it into small pieces and feed them a little of it. if they eat it, great. if not, get it out of there so it doesn't rot.. So only try a tiny bit at a time until you know if they like it.

    Additionally, fish can go for a week or more without eating (they often do in the wild) so you should be fine until you get them some proper cichlid food.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    All the cichlid food I read has fish meal and protein in it. I don't want them to have bloat. What's a good vegetarian cichlid food?

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    You will not get healthy fish without protein. Besides, most algae wafers contain it as well.
    http://www.hikariusa.com/diets/sinking-cichlid-excel/ maybe?

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    What you feed t hem depends on what type of cichlid they are as each have different nutritional needs.

    There three main types of cichlids: Carnivor, Herbivore and omnivore
    You need to google your particular type of cichlid for their profile and find out what type of diet they need. then you'll know what to feed them.

    I pulled this off a cichlid website:
    "Carnivore cichlids have a shorter, but "rougher" gastrointestinal tract, while digestion of herbivore nutrition is "harder" and requires a longer, more fine-grained gastrointestinal tract.

    Feeding herbivore cichlids with a carnivore diet can seriously harm them. E.g. Tropheus species from Lake Tanganyika can die if you feed them with red mosquito larva (bloodworms) due to small hooks that get stuck in their guts. A wrong diet will lead to the common "bloat" disease.

    Vice versa, feeding a carnivore cichlids with herbivore food only will result in serious deficiencies over time as well, because a carnivores cichlid's gastrointenstinal tract isn't able to digest herbivore food. The common "hole in the head" disease is a sign of deficiencies and thus a result of inappropriate diet."
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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