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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 8:28 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Murthy,  for  Tropheus,  I'd  cut  down  on  the  animal  protein  and  add  a  lot  more  greens.  Introduce  them  to  this  diet  *very*  gradually.  The  best  option  is  to  encourage  algal  growth  on  the  rocks  in  the  tank...this  is  because  Tropheus  do  best  when  fed  on  small  amts  of  food  several  times  a  day.
 
 Frontosa  are  predators,  a  fish/shrimp  based  food  works  great  for  them.  It  is  also  not  a  good  idea  to  mix  fronts  and  Tropheus  as  their  dietary  needs  are  poles  apart.
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 Very Happy  hi  rahul...Ive  made  that  mistake  before,and  have  corrected  it!tropheus  would  be  hogging  one  whole  tank  for  themselves  now.Its  my  theory(picked  from  surfing  around  too)that  its  better  to  feed  seafood  rather  than  fresh  water  fish  to  fronts,to  avoid  infection....does  this  theory  hold  water?
       Can  I  feed  fronts  goat  heart/liver?  Very Happy  I  bought  loads  of  it  by  mistake  :lol:    :lol:  (by  asking  for  "kaleja"which  I  thot  was  heart,turned  out  its  liver!)
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 I  do  not  know  if  the  seafood  for  FW  fish  holds  water,  I  use  tilapia  myself...no  problems  so  far.  The  thing  with  seafood  is  many  fish  are  "oily"  and  will  leave  a  oil-slick  floating  on  the  surface  of  the  water  Sad    You  will  probably  be  restricted  to  pomfrets  or  snappers.  Your  best  bet  would  be  to  go  with  shrimp  making  up  most  of  the  non-veg  component.
 
 Goats  liver  should  be  fine,  although  I  am  against  feeding  mammalian  protein  to  fish  on  a  regular  basis.  Just  wash  it  *thoroughly*,  remove  all  traces  of  blood  and  fat,  and  do  not  overfeed!!  no  more  than  once  a  day.  
 
 Again,  introduce  all  new  foods  gradually.
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retro_gk  wrote:                
It  is  also  not  a  good  idea  to  mix  fronts  and  Tropheus  as  their  dietary  needs  are  poles  apart.                

 
 True,  its  not  a  good  idea  to  mix  fronts  and  Tropheus..  but  strangely  enough  I've  seen  it  done  successfully  in  Madan's  tank.
 another  guy  who  breeds  Tropheus  moori  in  Tuticorin  feeds  his  fishes  blood  worms  and  shrimp!!!  Gives  you  an  Idea  of  how  adaptative  cichlids  are..
 
 I'm  not  being  adventurous  as  I'm  feeding  my  Tropheus  algae  and  veggie  flakes.
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 I  guess  it  also  depends  on  how  far  removed  the  fish  are  from  the  wild
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 Hi  all
 
 I  see  most  of  you  suggest  beefheart  (Goat  Heart)  to  feed  your  big  fishes.
 
 True,  fishes  love  them.  But  we  should  keep  them  a  treat.  IT  IS  BEST  TO  FEED  PELLETIZED  FOODS  for  fishes.
 
 Number  one,  cutting  heart  pieces,  storing  and  feeding  is  messy.  
 
 Fishes  in  the  wild  were  not  used  to  eat  meaty  products.  Overeating  might  lead  to  sudden  deaths  due  to  indigestion.  With  fishes  like  Oscars,  you  never  know  the  thin  line  of  right  feeding  and  over  feeding.  
 
 Third,  most  importantly  it  fouls  the  water  badly.  The  ammonia  buildup  will  be  huge  and  growth  coloration  of  fishes  get  stunted.
 
 Good  quality  fish  food  comes  with  right  percentage  of  protein  /  vitamin  compostition  and  are  guaranteed  not  to  cloud  water  and  less  fecal  elimination.
 
 It  is  always  best  to  do  our  experimentation  with  two  to  three  different  foods  and  make  sure  the  fishes  are  also  acclamatized  for  varied  food  qualities.
 
 LFS    keep  their  fishes  on  beefheart  and  the  fishes  we  pick  from  there  are  addicted  and  do  not  give  us  a  choice  to  vary  their  diet.
 But  unfortunately  we  do  not  always  get  the  right  feed  consistently.  We  are  bound  to  buy  what  the  LFS  sells.  I  have  been  demanding  my  LFS  guy  for  Ever  Red  for  last  two  months  and  it  has  not  made  in  yet.  
 
 These  are  commented  in  my  humble  opinion  guys.
 
 Bye
 
 Venkatesh.
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 Hi  Venki,
 Your  point  of  prepared  food=most  reliable  is  highly  accepted.    But  many  of  us  who  got  hoocked  up  to  discus  rely  primarily  on  BHM  and  then  comes  frozen  BW  and  Tetra  bits.    
 But  as  you  told  for  CA  cichlids  pellets  and  other  prepared  food  are  more  than  enough.    But  as  we  progress  in  the  hobby  we  get  induced  to  experiment  with  stuffs  and  find  joy  in  DIY  stuffs.
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 Is  there  a  similar  recipe  for  small  fishes,  especially  tetras,  rainbows  and  livebearers??
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 My  question  is,  while  preparing  food  for  Aquatic  pets  (who  would  have  never  eaten  terrestrial  animals),  do  we  really  need  terrestrial  animal  flesh  like  beef  heart,  goat  liver,  etc....
 
 I  think  we  need  to  find  something  that  can  be  largely  made  from  aquatic  raw  material  like  prawns,  fish,  cuttlebone,  etc.
 
 I  am  new  to  this,  but  wondered  if  we  can  ever  skip  BEEF  or  GOAT  it  will  be  more  feasible.
 
 Also  what  is  the  good  method  to  dry  a  food  mixture...  Sun?
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