Best food to Give Tropical fish

Live Foods are good for tropical fish, dart frogs and newts

Live Food and Live Food Cultures for Tropical Fish

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A young Blue Gularis (Fp. sjoestedi).
At about 4 inches long, he still has
some growing to do. He can easily
eat a couple dozen fruitflies per feeding
...and that's twice a day.

Food, Live Food and Live Food Cultures for Tropical FishBecause your critters will grow better, pure and simple. What do you think they eat in the wild? Of course we're being facetious because they will eat what they can get and not all of that will be live. We do however find that most small animals seem to be more vibrant and colorful, more productive and fertile and generally healthier by starting with live food cultures and feeding live foods for at least part of their diet.

Recently, we were talking with an Angelfish breeder who uses live foods pretty extensively.

It turns out that she gets the same body size in 2 months using live foods (Grindal worms and Whiteworms) as she did in 3 when she was using prepared foods. That is the equivalent of a 50% increase in production! If you're in business, that will translate into money...but if you are just raising fabulous critters fish treated like that will be huge.

Microworms are a great live food to start Betta fry on.We like to keep species from North America. Some of them have little or no commercial value and and can be rather hard to get in the hobby. When you are lucky enough to acquire a hard-to-get fish, one would be foolish not to make the extra effort to encourage the fish to spawn...and live food can play an important role in that spawning environment.
However, if at no other time in the life of an animal, during that period when they are conditioning themselves for spawning, culturing live food can be a critical part of the program. It is generally during periods of an abundance of food that animals will breed successfully. By cultureing and feeding live food as a portion of their diet you are allowing the critter to have the wide variety of proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals that trigger the spawning and breeding activities thereby insure a successful spawn. Although live food cultures such as Grindal worms, Whiteworms and Vinegar Eels are not a native prey for most critters, they do simulate the composition of native foods and contain many of the same nutrients.

Microworms crawling up
the sides of the container...
ready for harvesting!

Another often overlooked benefit of cultivating a diverse food mix is the insurance of food availability in cases of seasonality. Even in the San Francisco Bay Area where brine shrimp is still harvested commercially and hobbyists can catch their own, availability can be seasonal.

Here's an interesting comparisonof
D. melanogaster on the left
and D. hydei on the right...the
scale is the same...yikes!

...and one more thing...the live foods have a tendency to stay alive in the water column. At least they stay alive for a while. They give the fry a chance to find them and eat them before the food starts to decay.

It's best to use an additive

by ---

That removes chlorine and chloramine which you can buy at a pet store. You can also let the water sit out open for a day before adding it to the bowl, which will let the chlorine evaporate, but chloramine will remain if it's present.
Goldfish are a very messy fish. Most goldfish enthusiasts will tell you that it needs a minimum of 10 gallons for maximum health and life expectancy, but if it's a smaller fish you can get by with a smaller tank. At the very minimum I'd get one with a simple filter.

No, I don't.

by Purrrrrr

My fish are well taken care of and this arguing with me telling me to get rid of the filters is just stupid. Sorry but it is. If I had regular fish would you all tell me to do away with the filter, what about the Puffers tank, should I get rid of theirs too??? No.
And it's stupid to think how the pet stores take care of them is "right" *cough ML cough* Do you also think the way they keep their puppies is whats best for them? To live their entire lives in a tiny cage?????

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