Kirsten Posted February 18, 2021 Share Posted February 18, 2021 Lots of great discussion around fish food these days and it's gotten me curious about the best way to feed my livebearer tank(s) (an ever-increasing number!). 1. Livebearers are champs at eating algae and dead plant matter. So in a heavily planted tank, is it okay to feed them mostly protein-rich foods like BBS, the Co-op's Easy Fish and Fry food, and sometimes some Vibrabites for fun (my pea puffer doesn't care for them, so I have a lot extra)? Sometimes I'll throw in a sinking algae wafer or veggie round for fun and they'll go nuts for it, but they go nuts for everything! 2. Another feature of livebearers is the liveborn! Several dozens at any given time! While I know all of them probably won't make it to adulthood, I'd still like to give them a fighting chance and at least not have them starve to death. But the more you feed everyone, the more they reproduce, and so on. How do you balance the needs for several high-protein meals per day for the fry without overfeeding your adults? 3. Another complication is my bamboo shrimp, Norma, who needs a good supply of food in the water column. Probably wasn't the smartest idea to put her with livebearers who gobble up every morsel they can find and turn it into more hungry mouths to feed. But there's that. 4. With all the feeding going on, of course I'm overrun with ramshorn snails. Right now, I'm considering it a boon and a free food source for my pea puffer, but I know it's a sign that I'm overfeeding a bit. How do I safely cut back on feeding without starving all my babies (or having them resort to eating live plants)? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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