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Feeding African Cichlids | Portion Size | Best Food For Cichlids | Northfin Premium Fish Food In this video, i answer the question: How many times do i feed my ...
Best food I've purchased for my African cichlids (Haps,Peacocks and Moba Frontosa). They all love it and I have tried quite a few others including NLS,Cobalt,Hikari and Dainichi to name just a few I have fed them in the past.I'd have to say they seem to prefer Northfin over all the others with Dainichi a close second. And there isn't the orange pieces of fish poop all over the tank like they used to get from NLS. All in all this seems to be a great quality pelleted food.
Best fish food for best fish. African Cichlids Haps and peacocks also mbuna Also good for salt water fish. My cichlids African Cichlids Haps Common and ...Breeding success is another factor that can be used to determine the quality of a food. In order for most fish to breed they have to be in the best condition possible. In order for an organism to invest massive amounts of energy and nutrients into breeding one of two scenarios have to be in place, either 1-they are in such good condition they can spare the energy and nutrients or 2-they are severely stressed and the breeding is a last ditch effort because in all likelihood they will die soon and this is their last chance at reproduction. The second scenario is not the common way to trigger breeding in aquarium fish, so that leaves the first scenario. This means that not only are the fish getting everything they need to grow well and maintain a healthy condition, they have so much excess that they can afford to dump a significant amount of energy and nutrients into reproduction. Therefore successful reproduction is a good indicator of a high quality diet, and more specifically increased success in reproduction (in frequency and yield per occurrence). Obviously many species reproduce quite easily, some are hard to prevent breeding. So successful breeding in species like convict cichlids, the common livebearers, mbuna African cichlids, etc. is not necessarily indicative of the fish getting the best food possible. A significant increase in the success of that reproduction could be. For example, if African cichlids or swordtails are breeding and the food is changed and now more of them are breeding and the broods are larger, that is indicative of a higher quality food. Another way breeding can indicate a higher quality food is that the females are in better condition after the breeding. Because of the energy and nutrient costs of breeding many females can be in a relatively poor condition after breeding, even requiring separation. If one food allows females to be in a better, healthier condition than another food, that food is higher in quality.Best fish food for best fish.
Haps and peacocks also mbuna
Also good for salt water fish.
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Cydia No one fish food should be relied on as your fish sole nutritional source.
For a community freshwater or saltwater aquarium start with a good basic flake or crumble such as AAP Custom/Paradigm Omnivore (crumbles), Spirulina 20 Flake, Omega, Aqueon Fish Foods, or many other quality fish foods available (it is also a good idea to switch different flake foods day to day, especially foods such as Spirulina One which will also improve your fish immune system).
Be wary of the many low quality fish foods available as well.
Do not feed two different fish foods at the same time as fish will pick and choose and this will defeat the purpose of varying the diet of your fish.
It is helpful to soak dry foods for about 5 minutes to prevent ingestion of air that can cause digestive problems, especially with goldfish and Bettas (more so with pellet foods).
Balance these flake foods with Freeze dried foods such as FD Bloodworms or Brine Shrimp or Frozen fish foods.
I especially recommend the many prepared frozen fish foods now available by companies such as Ocean Nutrition for marine fish, many of these foods address the specific needs of certain fish species.
Live foods such as blackworms, daphnia, and brine shrimp also make a good additions to your fish diet.
Make sure and soak live brine shrimp for 5 minutes in freshwater prior to feeding these to marine fish to prevent disease transfer.
For larger fish such as Cichlids, the same regime works, however you want to consider a pelleted fish food as well such as Hikari or AquaMaster Premium Color Luster Cichlid Food pellets.
Be careful with the feeding of worms in many African Cichlids as I have observed constipation when these are fed regularly to these particular Cichlids.
And with goldfish pelleted fish foods such as AquaMasters Goldfish Diet and a spirulina based flake food such as Spirulina 20 Flake are a good start supplemented with frozen or FD Brine Shrimp (for constipation).
Hulled peas can also make a good addition for goldfish too. It is very important with goldfish to soak dry foods for 5 minutes in water to prevent air ingestion.
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Most fish generally do well being fed twice per day (sometimes three times) in aquariums (or ponds) over 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
In ponds when temperatures fall this feeding schedule will need to be cut back.
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Many predators only need to be fed every other day or even less (such as saltwater lion fish or Arowanas in freshwater which due best with live or FD crickets IMO).