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BigCiX
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PostPosted: 2007.01.08(Mon)19:31    Post subject: hungry??? Reply with quote

eveytime I step in front of the fish tank my two fishes (baby jack and baby oscar) start to swim around the front as if I'm going to give them food. when I back off they back off
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Liszie
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PostPosted: 2007.01.08(Mon)19:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Large Cichlids are pigs, and although they may well be begging for food, that does not mean you should feed them! As long as you feed them an adequate amount (how much is adequate, I don't know, as I've never kept those fish) daily, you should be fine.
They may also just be saying hello! Cichlids tend to be very friendly.
What do you feed them?
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PostPosted: 2007.01.08(Mon)19:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cichlid Gold Pellets. I don't know of any live food to feed them. they're still small
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PostPosted: 2007.01.08(Mon)19:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much does that package recommend you feed? I wouldn't specifically go by the package only, but it's a good place to start. If water quality goes downhill and there is uneaten food, you are probably feeding to much, and if all the food is gone in minutes, you might try feeding a bit more.
Or, you could try feeding what the package says and supplementing with frozen and live foods. Frozen foods are very convenient, don't take up much space, and last a long time. I recommend bloodworms and brine shrimp.
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In the future when your fish are big, you can feed live guppies or goldfish. For now, some good live food would include bloodworms, daphnia, brine shrimp, etc. All of those should be available at your LFS.
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