APISTOGRAMMA AND OTHER NEW WORLD DWARF CICHLIDS

Icecold Dan

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I just got this young pair of Cacatuoides triple reds yesterday from Apisto Dave. They have already settled in nicely, and are eating NLS .5mm sinking pellets and frozen mysis.

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So, it's taken about a week, but I've realized that my apistos really aren't eating the nls pellets. The male will stalk them, and suck down the first few that cross his path, but he spits them out. He does however eat the mysis with reckless abandon.

I'd really like them to eat more variety, and especially not be on a single, frozen food. So what do you think I should try next?

What are you feeding and having sucess with?
 
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So, it's taken about a week, but I've realized that my apistos really aren't eating the nls pellets. The male will stalk them, and suck down the first few that cross his path, but he spits them out. He does however eat the mysis with reckless abandon.

I'd really like them to eat more variety, and especially not be on a single, frozen food. So what do you think I should try next?

What are you feeding and having sucess with?

Keep offering the NLS pellet. Is it the smallest pellet size? I rotate feedings with Omega 1 Cichlid flake, NLS all purpose formula pellet and Bug bites for Cichlids. Frozen Mysis every once in awhile.
 
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Icecold Dan

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Keep offering the NLS pellet. Is it the smallest pellet size? I rotate feedings with Omega 1 Cichlid flake, NLS all purpose formula pellet and Bug bites for Cichlids. Frozen Mysis every once in awhile.
It is the smallest size, I'll keep trying. I'll pick up the other foods you mentioned. The only fish in the tank besides them is a couple false julie corys, so I'm trying hard not to add too much food that won't get eaten.
 

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It is the smallest size, I'll keep trying. I'll pick up the other foods you mentioned. The only fish in the tank besides them is a couple false julie corys, so I'm trying hard not to add too much food that won't get eaten.

There is 4 Banjo catfish in with the Apistogramma but I also try not to over feed.
 

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I'd like to add a few more fish, I was thinking some Lemon Tetras and/or some Marble Hatchets. My biggest problem with that is that I don't really have any options when it comes to selection, besides big box stores. Without a quarantine tank, that option scares me to death.
 
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I'd like to add a few more fish, I was thinking some Lemon Tetras and/or some Marble Hatchets. My biggest problem with that is that I don't really have any options when it comes to selection, besides big box stores. Without a quarantine tank, that option scares me to death.

Yes quarantine is absolutely necessary. I'm thinking about adding a group of small tetra myself.
 
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Well, just a quick update. They are both eating the NLS pellets as well a BugBites, and what I find most surprising is that the will eat Hikari sinking wafers.

Still using the frozen stuff as a weekly treat.
 
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