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lreiden
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Pellets vs Flakes
« on: June 27, 2011, 02:42:32 PM »

I have two little fancy goldfish, one black moor and one fantail. I have read and heard different opinions about whether it is best for them to have flakes or sinking pellets as food.  I have both although I have been feeding them the flakes thus far.  Someone told me the pellets are good because they sink and goldfish are bottom feeders, my problem is I am worried that the tank will become too dirty.  Any thoughts on the matter would be great, I want to try to have these guys live as long as possible, they have already grown significantly over the last few weeks Smiley
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Re: Pellets vs Flakes
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2011, 03:04:32 PM »

I'm a pellet girl Wink Flakes are much harder for goldfish to eat. They're good when they're very small, but once they can fit a mini pellet in their mouth, that's a better option. I've been feeding all my goldfish pellets from the beginning (Of course combined with vegetables and live foods), and when I tried to give them some flakes that I have for my betta, they seemed to really struggle trying to catch and eat them.

If you're worried about the pellets sinking, you should rather get floating pellets and soak them for a few minutes before feeding Smiley I have a couple of really good brands that you may want to try out!!
JBL Novo Pearl, floating, meadium-sized pellets that soften quickly after only a few minutes of soaking Smiley
Hikari Staple Goldfish, floating, mini pellets that don't ever sink, but use to soften up in water. If you want to soak them, you'll have to do that for at least an hour or something D8 (Tried and failed...) However, these pellets are really dense, so it won't be a problem for the goldfish to eat them. Hikari Goldfish Gold is another type of the same pellet, only with color enhancing qualities.
Sera Goldy Royal, slowly sinking small pellet, really nice for the goldfish to eat since it contains extra nutrients so they'll grow better.

Generally about the sinking food, feed it slow, so your goldfish will see it and be able to catch most of it before it hits the substrate Smiley But every goldfish loves digging in the gravel anyway, so they shouldn't have any problems finding the leftovers Smiley Try not to give them too much either, that would pollute the water even more and more food would sink to the bottom.

Hope this helps! Cheesy
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Re: Pellets vs Flakes
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2011, 07:25:57 PM »

My vote is sinking pellets.  Smiley I used to be more fond of flakes, but now that my goldfish are big enough to eat a whole minipellet (wow), I've found I'm fonder of those. In my experience, I've found that flake food becomes uneaten more often than pellets. They move easily through well-circulated water and can get stuck in small spaces around the tank, thus causing an ammonia problem. However, if you don't overfeed the flakes and have the fish eat from your hands like mine do, you rarely will encounter an uneaten flake. A sinking pellet will not last long once it hits the substrate. Goldfish are EXPERT foragers and need no help in finding food. They will turn over every bit of gravel until they find a morsel! If you have moors or any sight-impaired goldfish, pellets are your best bet. Grin
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Re: Pellets vs Flakes
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2011, 08:01:07 AM »

So, I took your advice and decided to just see how my fish would do if I gave them a few of the pellets.  These arent the sinking kind though..or maybe they are, i'm not sure, but the black moor (I really need to name my fish lol) chased them around for a few minutes before actually getting one in his mouth, then, once he got one, it almost look like it got stuck.  My fish are pretty young and still pretty small...so, I freaked out when i saw it get stuck and decided to try pellets when they grow a little bigger Smiley
I'm quickly learning how much fun this hobby can be but also, how much work it is to do it right.  I am really thankful I found this forum so I can talk to other goldie lovers like myself Smiley
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Re: Pellets vs Flakes
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2011, 01:19:42 PM »

When my fish are tiny, I like to feed freeze dried brine shrimp, boiled veggies and a flake staple food.  Once they are large enough for pellets, I replace the flakes with pellets and also start them on bloodworms.
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Re: Pellets vs Flakes
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2011, 01:37:00 PM »

great advice, I will go get brine shrimp and will add peas to their diet. thank you!
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Re: Pellets vs Flakes
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2011, 02:50:39 PM »

Tubifex is really high on protein as well, it'll make them grow really big and strong Wink I use to buy it freeze-dried, it's the safest bet when it comes to tubifex, and it's the only thing I feed the fish in quarantine aside from seaweed Wink They really love it! Smiley

There are also granules available, they're like a "cross" between pellets and flakes. Usually they're made as staple food for tropical fish, but that won't be a problem to be adding them to your goldfishes' diet! It's only healthier the more variation they get Smiley
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Re: Pellets vs Flakes
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2011, 05:18:08 PM »

If the pellets seem to be a bit large, you can always chop them in half with scissors after pre-soaking them. Smaller fish can chew them better. Peas are great to feed at least once a week to help their digestion and avoid swim bladder disorder.  Wink
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