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fshguyktown
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live foods?
« on: August 22, 2011, 06:56:54 PM »

I have started branching out on types of food for my goldies. I wanted to do this while they are young...I have pellets, bloodworms, peas, oranges, lettuce, flakes, wafers.... they love them all....what about live foods....any good?  Any suggestions where to start?
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Re: live foods?
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2011, 09:01:03 PM »

You can feed them live or frozen blood worms and/or brine shrimps.  They should be only used as an occasional treat.  Also live food carry the risk of  of diseases and contamination, so it's best to get them from the pet shops.  Feeding them a varied diet like what you are doing is great idea.
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Nossie
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Re: live foods?
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2011, 02:38:41 PM »

I give my fish veggies or live foods every day, protein is important for growing fish! Cheesy
I'd recommend some kind of gammarus or krill, or any shrimp with a soft shell really, it contains lots of fiber and other good nutrients, have some gammarus myself, fishies love it! Cheesy
I also feed them Tubifex on a daily basis, but since the risk for contamination and illness is higher with tubifex, I buy it freeze-dried in cube-form. Next you may want to get some gel foods maybe? If they're available, get some with brine shrimp or fresh blood worms, really good for your babies Wink
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fshguyktown
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Re: live foods?
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2011, 04:12:26 PM »

Thanks nossie ... all of your advice has proved to be very helpful. My goldies are very happy. One more question if you don't mind. Any way to trap a Chinese algae eater? He is chasing my goodie and I think bit his tail... I cannot get him. He is relentless .. Undecided
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Redfishmagazine
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Re: live foods?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2011, 12:29:39 AM »

Good quality flake should be fine for goldies - just buy it in small quantities - it goes off Wink
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Nossie
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Re: live foods?
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2011, 06:56:23 AM »

On the contrary, flakes are NOT good for goldfish, they have such big mouths that they can't eat the flakes as easily as they should Smiley Small tropical fish should be the only ones to eat flakes. Pellets are the way to go! Sinking is ideal since they love digging through the gravel for leftovers Wink

Maybe it'd be easier if you'd catch him while changing the water? If you take about half of it out it should give him that much less moving space and therefore, make him a tad easier to get Smiley
A Chinese algae eater is a sucker-mouth catfish?? Like plecos or are they more like those long, slim fish with barbels?
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