Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 7:50 pm Post subject: other fish eat spirulina flakes?
I wanted to know if even the usual fish (I mean the ones that are not overtly vegetarian) will accept spirulina flakes.
I have rams, serpaes and a platy.
The reason I am interested is that I want some variety. Live food is impossible to get here. My fish are not too keen on freeze dried tubifex or bloodworms. They peck eagerly at the bloodworms but spit them back out - maybe the fish are too small at about one inch each. They really like flake foods I think because it mainly contains other fish (sure smells like that too).
They get treats occaisionally - canned tuna (they go crazy on that) and chicken (tweezed out by forceps into very thin worm like strands) but lets face it I AM NOT buying tuna or chicken just to feed the twerps <laughing>. Havent got a fridge either - hostel rules. Canned tuna is safe I think because it is one of the few meats that doesnt require nitrites for canning. Anyway the rams are fine even after gorging on that.
I was wondering about the spirulina flakes mainly because they (the LFS and the food dabba) said that the main ingredient was shrimp meal with spriulina being the next. While too much meat may wreak havoc on a veggie fish intestine I have never read the reverse happening.
Also the dabba mentioned plant astaxanthin. Is that better than plain old carotenoids? And why should the prefix "plant" be used? Are there other types of astaxanthin or is it just another hoax?
So should I go ahead and buy the stuff? I want to know what the experience has been when these flakes have been given to community steups that contained veggie loving fishes like mollies. Did the other fish too eat these flakes?
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