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How much/often should you feed african cichlids?
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Lab_Rat
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Location: San Antonio, TX

PostPosted: 2007.06.03(Sun)20:00    Post subject: How much/often should you feed african cichlids? Reply with quote

My cichlids always act like they're starving. Any time I walk by they swarm, begging for food. I feed them several times a day, using cichlid flakes, cichlid pellets, and spirulina. I usually give 3 generous pinches each feeding but it's gone in less than 30 seconds. Am I feeding enough? My other tanks I feed what they'll eat in a minute, but I don't want to overfeed and they seem like they're eating a lot. They also get cucumber or squash every couple of days (they look like piranhas going in for the kill). Are my fish just piggies?
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Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: 2007.06.03(Sun)20:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

mbuna are always hungry... don't be tempted to overfeed. Generally speaking, 2 minutes after you feed the mbuna, all food should be eaten... not just in mouths, but in bellies.
Hope that helps! Smile
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Joined: 19 Mar 2007
Location: Oregon

PostPosted: 2007.06.03(Sun)23:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

My fish eat an extreme amount of food as well, silversides, krill, blood worms, spirulina brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and the list goes on... I feed my fish 2 times a day and as much as they can eat in about 2 minutes... While I am not the expert on africans, SAs are where I know most... I have kept africans enough to know that they can be as bad as oscars as far as food begging goes... just make sure you are not over feeding.
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PostPosted: 2007.06.04(Mon)0:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

I figured they were getting enough, they just make me laugh when they beg for food. They're all growing fast and look healthy so I guess they're getting what they need. Thanks!
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