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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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A Slow Sinking Food Granule or Bit

Hi All,

I've been using TetraBits Complete for about a year now on a small tank (10G) with a few golden barbs and a couple of neon dwarf rainbows.

The stuff I bought a year ago is perfect - it floats for a minute or so and the fish will take it from the surface, or eventually sinks very slowly and the fish will eat it on the way down.

I bought a new tub of TetraBits Complete recently - and this stuff sinks very fast. The fish never see it. I was told that in fact - this is what TetraBits are 'supposed' to do - sink (it's designed for mid to bottom feeders).

I then tried some TetraMin Granules - and these are a bit better, but still sink much faster than my original tub of TetraBits Complete.

It appears that my first tub of TetraBits Complete was a bit unusual - in the way it floated, or sunk slowly.

The fish in this tank are really not interested in flakes (at least not yet). They've spent a year getting used to my strange floating TetraBits.

Anyway - unusual question I guess - but I was wondering what others' experience has been with mid to top feeders, and what food you might be able to recommend.

Have posted previously with an article on my new 20G planted, and so whatever I do here will apply there too I guess ;-) (although that tank will be stocked initially with Amano shrimp, Ottos, and eventually Rasbora and Danios).
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-07-2014, 03:50 PM
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I vary my food a great deal. Allows fish to not be depending on 1 food source and get "addicted" to that 1 source. I try to feed my fish food that is low in probability to break down rapidly so i don't get excess nutrients in the water. Here is my food list in case you are interested.

Elos spirulina plus pellets, Elos svB pellets, omega one super color flakes, Hikari mini algae wafers, hikari frozen brine shrimp, hikari frozen spirulina brine shrimp, and hikari frozen bloodworms.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks NYCaqua!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 08:08 PM
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New Life Spectrum foods are always good. I use the small fish formula and it floats for a while before it sinks.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 08:39 PM
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Golden pearls are designed to float around in the water column more, giving the fish more time to eat them. They float initially, then start drifting around the tank.

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A fantastic staple diet for marine and freshwater aquariums.

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