Aquarium Cichlid Fish Foods: Hikari Cichlid Excel

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I keep African Cichlids, fancy swordtails, platies and Sailfin mollies. Some of the foods I use are Flakes, Spirula, Krill, Algae disc, Earthworms, Pellets and Granules. I have also use mosquito larvae but no feeder fish.
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Arguably, the most common question regarding vacations is: How long can fish go without being fed? Most tropical fish are surprising in their ability to fast. Exactly how long is dependent on several factors, such as how large the fish is, how old it is, and whether it is a carnivore or herbivore. Exceptions can be found, but generally, large or older fish can go without fish food longer than small or young fish. It’s pretty much a straightforward case of reserves. Large or older fish simply have more body mass and fat reserves they can draw upon. Thus, for example, an adult chocolate cichlid can go significantly longer without fish food than a golden pencilfish. Cichlid Fish Food and Pellets | Tetra Aquarium
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Variety is also important to keep in mind. It's not necessary to feed several different brands/preparations of food to your fishes if you have a good quality flake or pellet. I feed my herbivorous fish primarily Spirulina supplemented with frozen peas, romaine lettuce, spinach, and a color-optimizing fish meal-based flake/pellet food. For my piscivorous fish, I again feed a Spirulina-based flake (or pellet depending upon the fishes' size), supplemented with brine shimp flakes, shrimp pellets, and krill. Spirulina is their main staple (70%). I tend to avoid frozen foods and live foods - these are usually not necessary for african cichlids in my opinion.As you most likely know, African cichlids are very territorial. This is because in nature, they establish territories to ensure their survival in these crowded conditions. With their own territory, they have a spot to graze and to prey on small invertebrates in the sand or mud. Fish which consume the same food are driven off for obvious reasons. Females are only allowed into a male's territory if she is willing to mate. And males of the same species are driven off because they are competiting for breeding with the females, in addition to competing for the same foods. By keeping your fish well-fed, you can control and manipulate their aggression. That is why I feed them 3-4 times a day. Or you could feed them less often, but a little more each time. (You can also curb aggression by heavily stocking your tank -- this way, not one fish takes all the damage, and cichlids tend to lose each other more easily in the crowd. If you are going to heavily stock your tank, make sure your filter can handle to load!)If you have several fish in the same tank, it will be important for you to feed them several times a day. Don't continue to feed them the same amount that you have been, but cut it back. For example, I try to feed my fish 3-4 times a day, but only what they can consume in 20-30 seconds or less. By following this routine you will find that your cichlids will tend to be aggressive. Remember, because cichlids are avaricious (e.g., borderline obnoxious) eaters, they can consume a great deal of food in 30 seconds.I would like to return the topic of feeding your fish the proper kinds of food. The decomposition of improperly digested, or improperly excreted foods can irritate the intestinal wall, and stress the fish, giving an invasive parasite a foothold. This can often come about when a primarily herbivorous, algae-scraping Cichlid (like and spp.) is fed high protein foods such as bloodworms, or pellet and flake foods containing large quantities of fish meal. In light of this information, and experience, it is important to avoid certain foods, and to go light on others. Cichlids don't exercise good judgment as to what is good for them and in what amounts; therefore, it is our duty to police their diet and the menu. Afterall, I would not be surprised if greedily consumed a pint of gasoline if it was offered them. So, just because they like it doesn't mean it's good for them.