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    Default hi im new and new to cichlas so i hope some one could help me in its feeding


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    hi im new to cichlas just got 2 rio meta orino peacock bass now the problem is i made the mistake of trying to pellet train them right away as a result they got ich the ich is not the issue as its being dealt with its the feeding im getting confused at due to the ich i was scared they might die if i continued to starve them so i started feeding them molly and swordtail fries about 4 to 10 day old fries so the original plan was 8 fries twice a day but what happens is i drop 8 then sometimes the smaller one eats 6 and the bigger one gets 2 or the smaller ones gets only 1 and the bigger gets 7 so in this situation i cant help but drop more in most of the time i drop 17-20 fishes and they still keep circling looking like their still hungry so im just wondering am i overfeeding them?whats the maximum number of fries?they are both slightly bigger than 3 inches although 1 is bigger than the other a little bit please help i dont want to fail at my first try at cichlas

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    What are your water parms? Typically there would be other causes to ick than just starving a fish into eating pellets such as temperature or something being off in the tank. Feeding live is a risk for introducing pathogens to the tank.

    Try some frozen food or pellets designed for predatory fish. It can take several weeks to get them onto dead food but in the end it will be better for them. I would wait until they have recovered from ick and are established in the tank before trying again. Feed them what they will eat over the next 2 weeks to condition them then stop introducing live. Feed very sparingly and remove any uneaten food. It also helps to put a fish with them to "teach" them to eat pellets. Had to buy a Oscar when my Jag was small to show him that pellets were food, worked like a charm. Just make sure you can return, house, of rehome the teacher fish if you go that way. Your bass are going to need a monster tank eventually I hope you are prepared for that.
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    MCHRKiller made all great points....

    So the challenge of pellet training is even harder now due to potential loss of appetite and feeding response from the ich first step would be to resolve the ich for sure before worrying why they are not eating like normal

    What temp do you have the tank at?

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    1 Not allowed!
    First of all, don't be confused if your fish "look hungry" Every single one of my fish look like that once they've finished their meals (especially the 1 I overfed). Fish are programmed to gorge themselves sick whenever food is around so they have energy reserves for when there is no food.
    Also, once they get over ich, only feed them pellets. After I fed my cichlids exclusively on frozen earthworms, they stopped liking their pellets as much. The best way I know of to fix this is just offer pellets every day and don't give them live food. It's not necessarily bad for them to miss a day of food. They will ignore the pellets the first 2-3 times around, but they will realize that pellets are food eventually.

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    Took my Jag about 3 weeks to eat pellets...I rode it out and didn't give in. 3 weeks of refusing food did nothing to alter his appearance. Fish are truly amazing creatures in how they can alter their metabolism in regard to food supply. Now my Jag will randomly decide to skip a day of feeding and had fasted himself for about a week on his own accord. This is not uncommon behavior with predatory cichlids, their tank behavior is still responsive to what seasonal changes would be where they originate. I just keep a hoard of trumpet snails with him to clean up the food when he decides to skip a day.
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