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How do Wean fry off live bbs?

So my Apisto Borellii are now around 8-9 weeks old. How do I wean them off bbs because when I tried frozen they kind of ignore it. Am I doing it too early because some pieces of frozen brine shrimp are still almost as big as the fry itself lol.
 

Mike Wise

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My guess is that the frozen food is too large for your fry. They should take frozen foods once they are large enough to handle it. Until then shave the food into smaller pieces and mix with BBS.
 
Any ideas on how to shave frozen BBS? or do you mean shave dry pellets? I tried shaving dry pellets into a powder but they seem to just spit it out.
 

yukondog

Active Member
When I do it, I take the frozen cube and scrape it with a razor blade or sharp knife. And mix that with live BBS but I never stop feeding bbs, even the adults get it about three times a week. Good luck they grow very slow.
 

allentwnguy

Member
I also always include live bbs in the diets of my fish. When fry get about half an inch they will tackle frozen blood worms. When they get hungry they will eat. Most of my apistos will eat tetra-min flakes. I would let them go without food for a day or two and see what they will eat.
 

Andy452

New Member
I have also had some luck crushing pellets into very fine crumbs, almost dust, I try to introduce it to my fry from around 8-10 weeks initially they will eat it when its in the water column but not off the bottom so use it sparingly when you first do it as you will need to siphon out any excess.
As others have said I'd still continue with BBS for most feeds, the crushed pallets is just a way to mix up their diet and not be so dependent on the BBS
 
I have also had some luck crushing pellets into very fine crumbs, almost dust, I try to introduce it to my fry from around 8-10 weeks initially they will eat it when its in the water column but not off the bottom so use it sparingly when you first do it as you will need to siphon out any excess.
As others have said I'd still continue with BBS for most feeds, the crushed pallets is just a way to mix up their diet and not be so dependent on the BBS
I tried crushing high quality pellets into a fine dust and noticed that they will eat it but end up spitting it back out. Today I tried cutting up blood worms (which is so time consuming) and noticed that only 4-5 of them will eat it and swallow. The rest eat and spit. Dunno what to make of it. I mean they eat DEAD bbs all the time, why not frozen blood worms or frozen adult brine shrimp. lol
 
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