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« on: March 19, 2016, 10:10:48 AM »

This illustrates essentially what I feed now.<a href="http://s1049.photobucket.com/user/lv2crp/media/006_zpsbegxf1r9.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1049.photobucket.com/albums/s392/lv2crp/006_zpsbegxf1r9.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 006_zpsbegxf1r9.jpg"/>[/url]
Add to that new types of flakes and bloodworms as I attempt to rid myself of outdated food.  Also not pictured are frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp. I feed 2X daily small bits of flakes and freeze dried brine shrimp plus freeze dried blood worms.  As a treat I feed the frozen foods 2X a week I'd say. I feed perhaps once a week the shrimp pellets and algae wafers soaked and let the fish peck at them.  My question is how much should i simplify?  I have read almost every post here and the comments and from this I book marked some fascinating information.  I looked at your favorite foods as well. I want my fish to live as healthy as possible so this is why I'm asking for anybody's advice. I also, by the way, read of someone's wasted fish reviving with a brand of food, that interests me.

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2016, 06:50:18 PM »

I actually had a longer post but lost it again when my hour past by. In a nut shell, I read of 2 somewhat complementary foods, Ken's and Ed's it seems.  With some frozen foods and the tiny bit of human food I use, (egg yolk, boiled spinach and peas,) would two or three dry foods suffice?

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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2016, 04:43:56 PM »

Hi Gregg,

I'm not quite sure what you need simplified. Is it your foods selection, fish nutrition in general, or feeding stimuli of fish (and fish feeding methods)? I noticed you mention boiled spinach. I don't recommend actually boiling any vegetables for your fish. A quick blanch is really all that is needed to soften the food to make it a little easier for the fish to eat.
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2016, 05:09:27 PM »

Hello rasaqua,

Sorry about that. I have a lot of foods taking a lot of space and it seems as I learn more I need more. Actually it is concerning the # of preparations I have. Such as the gray cubes of freeze dried tubifex worms plus 2 varieties of container freeze dried TW. When I looked up the brands you all use they also have a stunning number of types of each genre.  So, as an example I just ordered Theron+A today, would I need another garlic infused food?  I'm thinking of having a noted flake, a couple freeze dried foods, and frozen foods. Plus my home made types. (thanks for the blanch tip.)  Maybe it's a made up question.  As my purge of old foods continue I'd like to have just what it is I need, and no more. Hope that is better and thank you.

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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2016, 05:19:10 PM »

I should add that I can see my fish all of the smaller omnivore type. Maybe the Florida flagfish which is more herbivore, but nothing with special dietary needs as I see it.

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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2016, 08:39:08 AM »

I have always fed most of my fish a varied diet. I have not had fish that were not sick refuse to eat about anything I have fed. The problem is one of numbers. The fewer fish one keeps, the harder it is to have multiple foods. They will tend to spoil or lose their nutritional value before they can be used up. So  when I say I feed a varied diet I also have to say that at any given time I have between 15 and 20 tanks running which will holds 100s of fish  and a few inverts. The smallest are cherry shrimp and the biggest are my clown loaches- the largest is somewhere between 10 and 12 inches TL.

I have a whole shelf in the freezer dedicated to fish foods.

The other side of this is that most fish will eat anything and this may not be good for them. Some fish should not eat certain foods except occasionally and other foods not at all. Feeding vegetarian fish on a meaty diet is just not good for them. Failing to provide wood for a wood eating plecos can be very risky. Our job as fish keepers is to feed our charges some variety and to choose foods which fulfill their dietary requirements.
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2016, 08:56:36 AM »

I hope I am on the same thought process here. I do the research with all the species I own and search for special dietary needs for what I own.  I also know through observation and experience what some of my fish eat well, or not, and what are their favorites.  With the small number of fish and species I care for I am just trying to standardize my feeding and # of foods I own. I do not want to slight any fish, but I think I have foods that are redundant and am looking for foods that I can use that often and won't lose their nutrition. The drift wood I have by the way was bought when I finally found out it's importance for a pleco. I also for the first time mixed food yesterday with juice from chopped garlic, I was skeptical but it was like feeding starving fish, amazing.
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