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    Bloodworms to pellets

    Discussion in 'Cichla (Peacock Bass)' started by gangster, Sep 16, 2013.

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      So far what I have been doing is soaking some sinking pellets, then melting the brine shrimp into that cup. I mix it all up and drop it in, in intervals so they get used to hitting every few seconds or so. This way they are getting used to a feeding regimen of this type. Once they start hitting the pellets more often I will drop only pellets in without brine shrimp, on a random interval. They are now only starting to hit the pellets after about a month of this type of feeding. Does it typically take this long to pellet train these guys? Omg I was just about to lose hope but they started to hit the pellets this week.

      This is my first batch of chichla so I don’t know what is typical yet.
       
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      some take a little work, I have had some bass take pellets inside of 3 days of offering, and some within a week and some rare occasions never so I would say you did good :)
       
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      Thank you
       
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      Well I don't know about you guys but I have a special problem. I have 4 - 4" oscars in with 2-5" kels. The problem is that when I do all these different methods the oscars end up getting the food first. They get so fat I think I'm gonna kill them.
      The only thing that has worked is the kels, after a few days started to hit freeze dried krill. I fake the oscars to one side of the tank and pop the krill in near the kels.
      I have fooled the kels by taking a rounded krill and jabbing a stick through the middle. This works sometimes. Sometimes they can spit the stick out, sometimes it falls out. Works over 50% of the time.
      So for me I think I could get the bass to eat sticks or pellets if I didn't have the oscars. The oscars are my 4 pet puppy dogs so they aren't going anywhere.
       
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      My 6" kel ignored pellets for months. Finally began hitting and spittin....Once i added three slightly smaller Chocolate Cichlids the Kel suddenly began hoarding pellets. No issues now!
       
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      Can you separate them until you have them pellet trained? The o’s will always be pigs when small and the chichlas will always be picky.
       
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      No room no extra tanks. So for now its pretty much krill for the p bass.
       
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      This is more of what I meant, just a suggestion to help get your bass caught up to the o’s
       
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      I used to do that divider stuff back in the day but it's last resort. Thanks for the input.
      One kelberi is non-dominant and hides at times. So the less stress the better. Yesterday he ate 4 krills and was swimming about. Both Kels "hit" the krills if I position the oscars right. Yesterday oscars got peas and pellets.
       
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      Maybe it's because I have oscars they see they have no chance! Anyway I will keep trying.
      I am going to start an oscar thread on trouble with oscars not eating. All posts will be blank.
       
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