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RE: NFC: Rosy reds

Arnt goldfish to high in fat for most natives. I know this is an arguement I
have heard in marine circles. Supposedly the high fat content leads to liver
problems. This has led me to avoid them though I am not quite sure if it is
fact or fiction. 

At 04:40 PM 1/25/99 -0400, you wrote:
>>I have two 200 gallon test tanks one using commercial pellets and the other
>>using live foods that are gut loaded. I am almost at the 3 moth mark where I
>>will weigh and measure them. Though I , just from observation that the live
>>fed ones are about a third larger. also the seem to be thicker.
>What do you gut load the feeders with?  I'm starting to do this with
>cichlid fry that I use to feed darters and such.  Did you breed your own
>oscar stock?  Another good live food source would be goldfish.  If you have
>any decent sized pond, you should be able to produce tons of them with no
>effort.  You would have to devise a way of handling the feeders over the
>winter so they don't get froze under and inaccessible...that is if you're
>in the north.
>I'm using pairs of port Cichlids in ten gallon tanks to produce feeder fry.
>They are pretty peaceful and fairly prolific.  I have a pair of C
>managuense (Jaguars) that lay thousands of eggs at a pop.  Need larger
>quarters though, and more careful pairing.
>I would think if you want to raise feeders to any size, the cheapest way
>would be to do it out in ponds.  That's how they do the fatheads for bait.
>Golden shiners too, which are larger.  Creek Chubs might work too.  Don't
>know.  How 'bout earthworms?  Supposed to be high protein.  Might be more
>difficult to gut load, though.
>Mark Binkley
>Columbus Ohio USA          <))><
>mbinkley at earthling_net