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Re: live food %
KI>An open question:"What percentage of your feeding is live food? Blackworms?
KI>Fruit fllies? White worms??
For me it depends on time of year and state of finances. Summer sees a
lot more live food in the fish tanks because I can collect it (mosquito
larvae, redworms, daphnia, etc) for free. I never get to 100% live food,
probably more like 75% in the summer.
Winter sees a shift to more flake and frozen foods as the "free" sources
dry up or freeze over. I do try to culture whiteworms (with varying
success) and I usually have vinegar eels and microworms on hand for
small fry. I'm probably down to 10 to 20% live foods during the winter,
and at times not even that if I have a whiteworm culture crash.
If I am wealthy (and the price is right) I also try to feed baby brine
shrimp. However, I'm married to a man who won't pay $6 a pound for
steak, so you can imagine his reaction to me buying brine shrimp eggs at
$60 a pound....
I'm experimenting with Saunders line of dry foods right now,
specifically Black Gold, Tropical Gold and Small Fry Gold. The killies
seem to like it, the nutritional analyses look good, and the fry seem to
be growing well on the Small Fry Gold. There are a number of GCKA
members that are also trialing these products with their killies, so we
should have more information about our experiences with it within the
next couple of months.
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