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post #16 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-10-2012, 04:34 AM
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It's good if it makes them eat it, I feed daily but I would do 2-3 times weekly for the roselines if they are full sized each one can do half a full sized red wiggler. I would only feed daily if your flow keeps your fish constantly active. I have very high flow when it comes to fresh water. Your mileage will vary but I would start breeding worms, super easy to do
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post #17 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-10-2012, 04:36 AM
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Spirulina is amazing, if you can get worms to eat it great, gut loading that stuff is awesome. Brine shrimp+spirulina the night before feeding is epic
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I'm too lazy to do worm cultures as I'm getting into my junior year of highschool(hell) next year so I won't have much time to tend to my tanks.

I noticed that the roselines went more vividly for the spirulina fed brine shrimp than the bloodworms. Very interesting.

Time to chuck in a chunk of over-microwaves zucchini
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You would be surprised how easy works are, I'm just crazy about keeping clean environments for food, you can set and forget maybe a spray every few weeks and harvest whenever
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Organic rich soil moist to where it clumps, but not able to squeeze a drop out, and feed once in a while with veggies rich in minerals and vitamins like spinach carrot shavings etc, spirulina, even ground oats and fruits
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What do you keep them in? Where do you find a sterile starter culture?

Also, can miracle grow work?
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It is nearly impossible to get a sterile culture however some vermiculite stores have lab grade worms. Also miracle grow should be fine as log as it is organic, I have also used peat moss, keeps the container pretty clean because of the anti microbial properties of the peat. Just spray once in a while and you're good
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I do blackworm 3 time a week
Beef heart/shrimp mix with peas/carrots 6 time a day.
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post #25 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-10-2012, 09:44 PM
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Spirulina and anything made from krill. Spirulina helps bring out the reds in fish.

Hikari has foods that usually brings out the color.

I feed Hikari Marine-A and Ocean Nutrition Formula 2 pellets to my f/w fish because it's way too much food for the s/w tank.

Anyway, these Silver Dollars I had for more htan 5 years colored up around the fins and their black or red spots are more noticable. I have 3 distinct kind of SD just sold under the generic SD common name.
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Forgot to mention: Repashy foods are MAGIC for coloration. Absolutely magic.
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Also, do certain foods enhance certain colors? Or do quality foods enhance colors in general?
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post #28 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 09:50 PM
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When I was keeping african cichlids, I used New Life Spectrum that was shaken in naturose astaxanthin powder. This really brought out colors well. A lot of african cichlid hobbyists do this. The powder will "wash" off a bit and create a little bit of a mess during feeding, but keeping the food fridged/frozen after coating helps.
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quality food enhances the animals health, and healthy animals look better than sick ones.
but there are certain foods that color the fish. astaxanthin, for instance, is an antioxidant pigment, which is in the food chain of salmon, and that is what colors their flesh pinkish orange (in farm raised salmon it is added to the feed to give them the desired color), it also give the pink color that flamingos have (they dont produce that pigment, they eat astaxanthin). breeders of red bettas used to add astaxanthin to their MW cultures, though i tried it and im unsure about how much redder it really made them. so if you want to bring out the reds, try adding some to your live food cultures, or into your repashy mix. it wont hurt them or make them duller, so you may as well.
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