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Live Food

Discussion in 'General Dwarf Cichlids' started by Rey82, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. Rey82

    Rey82 New Member 5 Year Member

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    I recently purchased some live food cultures which includes grindal worms, vinegar eels, red worms, microworms, walter worms, wingless fruit flies, and also bought daphnia from a different individual. Are these good foods so my apistos can start breeding. Only feed my apistos frozen live food at the moment. Also what would be a good plant food to feed them to balance their omnivorous appetites. Any advice would help.
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    retro_gk Member 5 Year Member

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    Grindal worms, microworms, fruit flies and daphnia are all excellent foods for adult/sub-adult fish. The others are great for fry. This is pretty much what i feed my fish.

    Red worms will need to be chopped up for most apistos.

    For a vegetable component, get a good spirulina flake.
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    con-man-dan New Member 5 Year Member

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    I have not found the vinegar eels to be a great choice for cichlids in general. I have 2 cultures going, and the only thing that every now and then touches them is some of my livebearers, in the tank the eunotus came out of. I found live blood worms to be a great treat. Even with their larger size, the fish gobbled them up with joy. I only know of one place to get them, and its a bit of a drive for you....but if you could hit the shop on the way back to Lone Tree, it would be worth the effort. The shops off I-70 and Brighton BLVD.

    Also, I've tried several types of plant based foods....they dont seem to touch it. I had SOME luck with a bulk flake thats krill and spirulina, but it was iffy at best. I can let you know where I got that, as well, if you're interested in giving it a shot

    BTW - the viejita are doing great! :wink:
  4. Rey82

    Rey82 New Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks Dan for the advice....the eunotus are doing good as well except that they hide alot even though I have some hornwort at the moment to give them some security. I am going to increase their tank size in a few days once I get my convicts and kribs to new homes. Want to stick with mostly apistos and rams for the moment. I also bought a small amount of almond leaves and try to keep the ph down. I know of another store in the area that sells bloodworms but they stink up my apartment. I have been doing 25% water changes to my apisto tanks.
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    tjudy Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    The Daphnia are one of my favorites. They are especially good if you have to be gome for a few days. You can overfeed them and they will live until the fish find them. I have some fry tanks with afew adults pumping about that the fry (betta fry in this case) cannot eat. I am sure the Daphnia release offspring that the bettas can eat, so it is like having a live food culture in the tank with the fish.
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    OK guys, where are you getting the live bloodworms in Denver? I assume that the I-70/Brighton Blvd shop is Killer Mikes. Where's the other??
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    Rey82 New Member 5 Year Member

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    I got some at Neptunes about five months ago in Highlands Ranch off of C-470 and University...close to the Target.
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks for the info!
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    retro_gk Member 5 Year Member

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    For those interested, here is a method for culturing bloodworms:

    Frome here: http://aquaworld.netfirms.com/phpBB2/index.php