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Old 12-24-2006, 10:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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so do you think that my angels and rainbows would like the cichlid pellets?
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so do you think that my angels and rainbows would like the cichlid pellets?
Both Angels and Rainbows have smaller mouths, so you'd need to get a smaller pellet, if they have it.
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Feeding the fish results in increased N or P, but rarely (if ever) both. In a planted tank the increased N maybe of little concern, but if there's excess P (by itself or in combination with the N), a lot of CO2, and a lot of light then we must know how the food that we use affects the N and P.

On some Dutch sites one can find a table that shows how different foods increase N or P. That may seem completely useless to some because here in the US we like to dump spoons of dry chemicals in our tanks, change oceans of water twice a week, and generally believe that we know exactly how to calculate fertilizers we provide to the plants. The Dutch use a variety of very natural approaches to maintaining a planted tank and battling algae. The fish waste is a variable that seems important to them. Strange people, I tell you...

I'm away from home now and I will have to post the Dutch food fish table in a few days if someone doesn't do it before me.

From what I've observed (but not tested precisely) dry foods tend to raise P a lot and not increase N much. I do not know if there's a difference if the food stays uneaten or it "passes through" the fish. Another good question is if the amount of N and P in the fish waste depends on the species of fish.

As a general "good housekeeping" practice I personally try to never let any food fall on the bottom and stay uneaten. I just feed carefully with a pipette, but one can assure that no food remains uneaten by having different species of fish and/or different sizes of fish.

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Here's the Dutch page with the table showing the N and P percentage of different live foods.

Stikstof in het aquarium

I wish there was info on dry foods too because from what we see in the table one may conclude that there could never be an excess of P as a result of adding fish food to the tank.

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I purchased 4 small containers of different types of food, pellets, flakes ect and combined them all into 1 container... some of the shrimp pellets I broke up with a spoon because my fish are on the smaller side... but I find that when I add a pinch of food... I get a variety every time.

I have also been told that feeding frozen blood warms on a regular basis is bad because they don't contain a lot of nutrients... They are only good as a snack every now and then... I believe its because of when they are frozen... it's like buying crickets that are half starved and you need to feed them gut load before you give them to your pets.
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