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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 7:50 pm Post subject: other fish eat spirulina flakes? Reply with quote

 Hi  All
 
 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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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:54 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 No  harm  in  feeding  them  spirulina  flakes.
 
 Re.  Astaxanthin,  it  is  a  carotenoid  and  as  such  is  only  produced  by  plants...
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 Thanks  Rahul
 
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