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hailsontherocks
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Minnow/ chilid ? and how to care for it...
« on: August 23, 2011, 08:20:01 PM »

I have accidentally obtained a mystery fish at the pets store. It seems to be some kind of lake fish maybe?

Anyways, I was wondering what these little blighters eat as he is not interested in peas or goldfish food and Im not sure how he survived for so long out in the pond...
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nabi
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Re: Minnow/ chilid ? and how to care for it...
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2011, 09:14:21 PM »

If you have cichlid pellets, you can try that and see if it will eat. He looks more like a carnivorous fish , so you can try some shrimp (the frozen type you buy at the grocery store). Just un-thaw the shrimp and feed small pieces to it, but careful not to overfeed or it can spoil the water.
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hailsontherocks
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Re: Minnow/ chilid ? and how to care for it...
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2011, 03:49:19 AM »

OK, thanks, will have to go to the pet shoppe in the morning
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Nossie
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Re: Minnow/ chilid ? and how to care for it...
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2011, 02:32:21 PM »

Cichlids are usually carnivores, and they enjoy the same kind of water as goldfish, pretty hard and alkaline water in other words Smiley
Like nabi said, shrimp and other small live foods would be good, bloodworms, tubifex and brine shrimp are all readily accepted by most fish.
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Re: Minnow/ chilid ? and how to care for it...
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2011, 08:52:00 PM »

That is a Paradise Fish.
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Great fish! They are often found in ponds. People usually put them in ornamental ponds due to the fact that they eat mosquito larva like candy. Pest control!
They are very pretty, very hardy and very easy to keep. They can live in a bowl like a betta as they have a labyrinth lung and room temperature is just fine. They can actually thrive in a bucket of water sitting on the patio. No filter, no heater, no light... just toss in some sort of plant and let them go. They will feed on mosquitos and don't really mind dirty, nasty water. This is the reason that these are actually one of the oldest breeds of fish to be kept as pets. Back in the Victorian error when aquariums were nothing but glass boxes full of water, the Paradise Fish was there. Unfortunately they seem to be vanishing from the hobby. I haven't seen them in the stores for a long time, but next time I do I will buy one. Smiley
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