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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-19-2020, 10:40 PM
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To add to BRRs comment some of the variance isn't the fish keeper related either. Fish learn things, when one group is fed pellets since old enough to eat them they associate that as there food source and may take a decent amount of time to change. Same goes with flake or any other type food. Guppies being captive bred for an extended period of time this can be extensively the case IMHO.

Same goes for wild caught type fish, some cichlid types for example. They won't touch premade foods initially. They want that moving live critter to go after which stimulates the natural hunting mode if u will.


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I will see if I can find the video, I used to have a female Betta that loved nothing more than munching on roots from floating water sprite, No body believed me that can Bettas eat plants till they saw the video.

I also used to have Bettas that actively hunted Malaysian Trumpet snails, I dont know if it has anything to do with it but they lived in a tank next to a tank full of " sids" (Dwarf chain loaches.)

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This is what I love about this forum. I say this with zero sarcasm. Aquarium keepers can have wildly different experiences with the exact same species and it's important to remember that!
If you are looking for information this is exactly why the internet is the worst place to do so.
But animals are all different so some things are normal, especially with food.

I had a 5 gallon tank overstocked with 20 guppies, 4 adults 4 4 week old fry and 12+ new born.
After I got me new tank cycled so I could move me adults and older baby's over al the 12 wer and are still alive.
With the stories about how guppies eat their own young, well my experience even while overcrowded they won't.

Same for plant eaters, luckily do I got fast growers.
Never seen the 4 adults eat them, but clearly see the 4 older fry (now about 6 weeks old) pinch of the leafs and eat them.

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I had half black blue deltas that were savage baby eaters, nothing would grow up in a tank with adults. I once watched a birthing mother casually eat one of her own fry! I now have Japanese double swords that don't bother their fry at all. These are somewhat less beefy guppies so that must play a part, but I suspect some lines are more prone to do this than others.

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And why I prefer forums over FB: an 8 yr old thread can be found and the discussion continues as if it started yesterday...
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