Posted: Sat May 09, 2009 9:42 am Post subject: Zebrafish fry on spiruline
My zebrafish have been spawning and I had literally hundreds tiny of zebrafish fry now once I removed all the adults from my 85 gallon cement tank. Was wondering what to feed such a large number of fry when I remembered that I have spiruline powder. I dropped a wee bit of spiruline in my tank and was wondering whether the fry would like to feed on them. MIGHTY SURPRISED to note that once the fry had a taste of spirulina powder there was no turning back. Its now just three weeks since spawning and the fry are almost three fourth of an inch length and are growing in leaps and bounds after I started feeding spirulina.
And the spiruline powder is very cheap and I think I have a pure a natural feed in spirulina powder to feed the fish fry. They dont contaminate the tank or smell bad. So I donot have to worry about the quality of water either. The fry seem to be happy in the sense they are growing very rapidly and active.
So for the best fry food spirulina powder is the best (at least for those fish which are omnivorous.
Here are a wee bit details about the nutrition quality of spirulina
Spirulina is a powerful Super Food. Spirulina is approximately 65 to 71 percent protein, depending on growing conditions. These proteins are biologically complete, which means they provide all eight essential amino acids in the proper ratios. Spirulina provides all the required amino acids, and in a form that is five times easier to digest than meat or soy protein.
The 5 ppt carotenoid pigments that are concentrated in Spirulina algae improve and intensify the coloration in fish. Chlorophyll and phycocyanin also enhance the skin colors. This depends to a large degree, upon the pigments that they get from their food. The most important pigments are of a class called carotenoids. These include beta-carotene and xanthophylls. Fish species vary greatly in terms of the type of carotenoid pigments they can use, and how they individually exhibit these coloring agents in their skin.
Spirulina is the natural food highest in carotenoid pigments, some 20 times the amount found in carrots. Spirulina contains at least six forms of this pigment providing a "rainbow" of color possibilities. When feeding your fish a food containing Spirulina, you will see better colorations within a few weeks. Spirulina is a rich source of A and B vitamins, especially B-12, and naturally chelated and bio-available calcium and iron.
When fish are fed spirulina at the recommended 0.5-4.0% inclusion rate, there is an increase in fat transporting enzymes which results in reduced fat storage in flesh, nutrient utilization and improved utilization of fat for growth
So my friends, I would gladly recommend spirulina for fish fry, and it gives the jump start the fish fry needs during the early stages of growth. ABOVE ALL, SPIRULINA DOES NOT POLLUTE YOUR BEAUTIFUL TANK.
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