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nzfishfan
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PostPosted: 2010.09.01(Wed)16:46    Post subject: Giant Gourami feeding patterns???? Reply with quote

Hi we've just got another young giant gourami and wanted to know when they start eating different foods like peas, strawberries etc. We previously had a giant gourami that was about 14 years old and it never ate differents foods and would only really eat pellets and bugs and once a year he used to go off his food and in the end that's what we think he ended up dying of. This time we want to start this young one on all types of food so he doesn't get fussy.
Any help would be appreciated.
At the moment our young one is only about 8cm and only had it for 4 weeks. We've tried peas, lettuce and cucumber but it only looks at it.

Thank you for your help Smile
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PostPosted: 2010.09.01(Wed)17:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

What pellets are you using or are you feeding pond sticks?

What are the water parameters?
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PostPosted: 2010.09.01(Wed)17:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pellets are Wardley Chichlid pellets. It eats them fine but just wanting it to start eating other stuff too and wondering at what size other peoples gouramis started eating them.

The tank temp is 25 degrees.
pH 7.0 and Hardness 8

We have Clown Loachs and silver dollars and a large pleco in the tank also.
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PostPosted: 2010.09.01(Wed)18:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about ammonia, nitrite & nitrates? In a new tank these are more critical than pH.

Koi pellets are a good staple for giant gouramis and would be better for the silver dollars than the cichlid pellets.
The osphronemus down the road from me is about 30 years old and eats anything you put in the tank - fingers too if you aren't quick enough. He loves apple, courgette, chicken heart and shrimp but his base food is a mixture of koi sticks and pond mix.

Why not offer different brands mixed together but do buy small packets.
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PostPosted: 2010.09.01(Wed)18:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thanks for your help. Will definately look into the different pellets and helpfully as it gets bigger it'll start eating all kinds of food.
Thanks again.
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PostPosted: 2010.09.02(Thu)0:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

What size tank do you have?
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PostPosted: 2010.09.02(Thu)5:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caton wrote:
What size tank do you have?


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PostPosted: 2010.09.02(Thu)5:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could read the OPs profile.

It is 600 Litres which will suffice for about a year.

The clown loach numbers need upping but I would say let the tank settle for a couple of months first.
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PostPosted: 2010.09.02(Thu)6:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our tank is 400L
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PostPosted: 2010.09.02(Thu)6:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have 4 clown loachs at the moment and do plan on getting a few more.
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