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PostPosted: 2005.05.15(Sun)16:41    Post subject: live foods? Reply with quote

I was just wondering about live foods. I usually just feed my fish flake food, but I would like to feed them something special to make them happier, healthier, and more colorful. What livefood is the best? What is the best way to get live foods? Which foods are more likely to transmit disease in the tank? What foods enhance the color the most? I want my fish to be happy and healthy. I heard about something called Daphnia, which supposedly is the best color enhancer. I don't know how to get daphnia or other livefoods. Any help will be greatly apprieciated. thanks!!!
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PostPosted: 2005.05.15(Sun)16:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

What fish do you have?

No sense feeding them live foods if it's not a kind they want Smile

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PostPosted: 2005.05.15(Sun)16:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a dwarf gourami, two pearl gouramis, a pleco, twoo swordtails, a platy, and a dwwarf african frog. My tank is about three months old, and I plan to add new fish. I will add some moonlit gouramis, and perhaps a couple more platies.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.15(Sun)17:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brine shrimp are always a big hit and most decent shops I have been to stock them. You can also set yourself up with a hatchery for a fairly modest price.

Black worms are another winner, IME, though they aren't the most nutritious fish food. Really, they are more of an occasional treat.

If you want daphnia, google around 'culturing daphnia'. There are some great articles out there on how to, which invloves setting up a tank og green water. I've never done it, so I can't tell you how easy/hard it might be.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.15(Sun)22:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are worried about disease in live foods, you should get freeze dried food. Freeze dried brine shrimp is just great for fish as an occassional treat.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.16(Mon)3:18    Post subject: Live food Reply with quote

Frozen blood worm and frozen brine shrimp in icecube trays have been a big hit with my fish.

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PostPosted: 2005.05.16(Mon)4:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's always a risk of transmitting diseases from live food so if you can try to get the frozen or dried version.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.16(Mon)7:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use frozen baby brine shrimp on my fry and give some to my other fish, the smaller fish that can see it love to munch it up
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