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Re: Feeding Bristle-noses
- To: Aquatic Plants Digest <Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com>
- Subject: Re: Feeding Bristle-noses
- From: Chuck H <grendel at usit_net>
- Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 09:48:25 -0400
Yesterday I inherited 6 Bristle-noses. Way more than I have algae for and a
couple are not fat, to say the least.
I am offering them canned green beans and frozen peas.
Would appreciate recommendations on feeding.
I haven't gotten around to keeping any Ancistrus yet, so I'm not sure what
they will or won't take, but I've found that many plant eaters will take
frozen peas if you boil them first. Before throwing them in the tank, I
mash each one or, with smaller fish, only feed the innards and toss the
skin. I've also had pretty good luck with zucchini bits, fresh spinach,
and fresh nutritious lettuces like romaine (all also boiled first). The
canned green beans may not be a good idea -- it depends on how they were
cooked and what they've been packed in. You'd probably be better off
trying fresh beans and boiling them yourself. Remember to scrub clean any
fresh produce in case of pesticides, etc.
And there's always the commercial option. Yesterday, I bought a can of Two
Little Fishies "SeaVeggies" to try. It's just chopped up seaweed. Much
nicer than many of the dry, processed foods that are common. I'm tempted
to take a bite myself.