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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-29-2005, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding my fishies

Inspired by Steves thread about expanding food pellets, I thought I show you what I feed my ABF's.

Starting with small flies, over the years I have tried larger and larger "bits" of food. It's quite amazing what they can gulp down. Almost as amazing as the speed... throwing in any insect, often before it hits the surface it is already inside a big mouth.







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ha, thats cool. I throw in some crickets to my puffer when I feed my bearded dragon.


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Neat pictures, Wasserpest!

Do you grow your own insects or get them around your yard? If you ge them from outside, do you do anything to them to clean off any chemicals the insect might have picked up?
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I just collect them in the yard and house. In Summer there is a neverending supply of flies. I catch Cabbage White Butterflies and Craneflies. At night, moths are attracted by lamps and sometimes end up in a big mouth. Grasshoppers (like the one in the picture) are more frequent in some years than others. In Fall, there are often Spiders moving into the house. They move right on into the tank. In Winter, I feed them mostly earwigs. Plus I collect flies in the freezer.

With chemicals, I assume you mean pesticides? I don't use very much of that, just rarely tiny amounts of metaldehyde around new plants to keep slugs from wiping them out.

So no, I don't do anything to them.


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Great photos! How big is it? Do they jump out of the tank, or is yours covered?

Back in the day my dad had a 35g (I think) hex. I would catch grasshoppers, and hold them about four inches over the top of the tank. our oscar would take them from my fingers. During the summer I don't think we ever fed them "fish food."


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She's about 4.5", the male about 4" and not as heavy built.

They will jump out of uncovered tanks, if they get spooked or see a fly buzzing by. Mine don't jump very much, but I heard that other ABF keepers have that problem, I suppose it depends how much they want to escape from whereever they are kept in.

My Festivums are the same way you describe your Oscar... I can hold food an inch or two above the surface, and they will stick out their heads and take it. With the ABF's it's quite different. Splash, and it's gone!


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Well I know what HC is, but what is ABF?. I thought it was a bowling ball company or some military acronym.Very cool pics! bob





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Associated British Foods!!!!!!!

Just kidding. I am too lazy to type AFRICAN BUTTERFLY FISH.


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Cool pics, just not when i'm eating breakfast. (which i'm not eating now, but i was this morning when i first looked at this thread)

Seems like a neat fish to keep, what kind of tank mates do they have?


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I know what you mean... all of a sudden that cereal feels like a bunch of grasshoppers

I keep them with Cherry Shrimp and White Clouds. Sort of... There used to be 7 White Clouds. Now there are 2

Here are 3 reasons why, although they seem neat, they are not fish for everyone:

1) They like live food. You can get them to eat pellets and stuff, but some specimens won't eat that, and I figure it would not be natural and fatten them up until their untimely deaths. I feed mine once or twice a week, they don't need that much food. See 2)

2) They don't move around much. Although they are very beautiful when you look at them from above, they are no "action fish". If you like the kind of fish that goes from left to right and back and so forth, the ABFs will bore you to death.

3) You need to be careful what tankmates you have with them. Not so much because they will eat anything close to the surface that fits into their mouths, but because they are very helpless against attacks from below. Barbs, curious Cichlids, and many others will just kill them by constantly nipping their long filaments.


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those are some great pictures


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