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Re: Weaning older frys off live foods...
Thanks guys for your thoughts... and a couple more questions...
> From: Wright Huntley <jwwiii at pacbell_net>
> How does one politely say "spoiled?" <G>
There isn't but you're doing quite well ;o) Yes, I'll admit 'em frys
are spoilt for choice and the only thing going thru their little minds;
if it doesn't move, it isn't food.
> I have found that the food is critical, Ronnie.
Care to elaborate?
> ... OTOH, they *all*, without exception, can be induced to take premium
> Brine-Shrimp Flake foods like those made by Sanders and Brineshrimp
Do you mix them with "old" foods prior to introducing the flakes and how
do you 'induce'?
> Very few will turn down freeze-dried bloodworms (if you aren't allergic),
I'm not allergic but do you crush or grate these first? The dried
bloodworms floats, so do the frys come up for them or do you 'stir &
> grinder for smaller fish. I like to start them very early with the Hikari.
Question is how early? I tried crushed/powdered Tetrabits (that was
what I had at hand then) but it was ignored by the free-swimmers.
> Some surface-feeding babies really seem to like OSI "APR" (Artificial
> Plankton Rotifer) and really tiny ones like *Pantanodon stuhlmanni* thrive
> on it. They go from green water right to APR, before they can even take bbs.
I've not tried "APR"... it's a fine powder I presume?
> Next time, start the dry foods earlier. I think it might be easier.
I'll remember that.
> From: "Al Anderson" <killiman at iquest_net>
> Mix in some of the new food with the old when you feed so the fry get used
> to the smell and taste.
Al, these fellas are on grindal/tubifex diet now. I cannot imagine
mixing crushed pellets with the worms... if that's what you're saying or
am I getting it wrong? I'll be picking up a small can of Tetramin
'veggie' flakes and see if they 'like' it.
> From: "Tyrone Genade" <Tgenade at AKAD_SUN.AC.ZA>
> Subject: Re: Weaning older frys off live foods...
> As AL said mix the new food in witht he old. ALso, try to introduce
> the fry to the flake/pellet ASAP. Don't wait till they look big
> enough. Try small pellets of crushed flake. I possible place some
> dither fish in the tank to "show" them what is edible.
There're a couple of smaller black mollies to pick up excess bits of
food and to chew off algae. They take to the cory pellet pretty well
and are 'showing' the way but the guentheries are slow to learn.
> I start weaning my nothos onto flake from about 3 weeks and the non
> annuals from around week one. My amieti only got live food for 2
> weeks before they were completely on Mike Reed's No-Bs.
Can I have the link for "No-BS" and how long are the frys on this diet?
What about when they're larger... then what do you feed... blackworms?
> I feel it is very important to have our fish take flake and other
> prepared foods. The Vitamins and minerals in these food are essential
> to healthy fish.
I'm thinking along this line since both grindals and tubifex are
supposedly high-protien stuff (IDK for sure)... can't be good as a
> The only alternative is lots and varied live foods.
> This is ofcourse very difficult to provide through out the year.
The neighbourhood LFS stocks tubifex daily but I'm considering some
frozen stuffs, like Hikari's adult BS and bloodworms.
> ... If you are pipetting bbs and frozen
> food into the tank then start pipetting flake and pellets at the same
> time. The fish learn that the pippet = food and will peck at anything
> coming from it.
I'm using a eye-dropper for the bbs... may be worth a try tomorrow
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