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Best quality flake food
« on: August 12, 2017, 07:30:49 AM »
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Hi, I bought some more fish yesterday they are 'red' lemon tetras (hopefully as I wanted a hardy peaceful tetra and they said they haven't had regular lemon tetras for ages) anyway the lady showed me what they're eating in the shop and it looked the same type of food I already have for my rainbows (micro pellets) and now they won't eat what I have. So I offered them the flake food I have and they love it. Unfortunately this flake food is what caused my tank to get a greasy film. Is there a better quality food for them that won't do this? I'd probably have to order it online. The one I have is fluval brand.

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Re: Best quality flake food
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2017, 09:46:34 AM »
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There are people who buy very cheap unbranded flake from Ebay/Amazon and there are those who buy expensive makes. The difference is the amount of filler in the flakes, mainly ash, and the expensive ones use whole fish while the cheap ones use fish meal.

This makes quite interesting reading even if the products are mainly American. The only 6* food on the list is Northfin, which doesn't seem to make flakes. New Life Spectrum are 5* but I've gone off those because they contain garlic, and I read somewhere that daily use of garlic food is not good for fish - though I can't find where I read it so I may be mistaken about garlic.  The link doesn't mention NLS flakes, but it is an oscar site so only deals with big cichlids which don't eat flake.

I currently have Omega One freshwater flakes which I have seen recommended on another site. The ingredients are whole fish. And Omega One Veggie Rounds (half a wafer a day for the stiphodons) and New Life Spectrum small fish formula pellets (these are the 0.5 mm pellets) for the cories and peacock gudgeons. I got all these from Ebay.

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Re: Best quality flake food
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2017, 10:56:30 AM »
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I've always gone back to Tetra Min. Always was and still is the best all round flake food, imo.

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2017, 11:03:13 AM »
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I used to use that several years ago.

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Re: Best quality flake food
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2017, 02:41:39 PM »
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 Thanks for the advice! Superb as always. I will order some of the omega one flakes I think. The price isn't an issue I think I've spent around 150 on fish so far so I want to feed them properly. I have hikari brand pellets and micro wafers, and sinking catfish wafers (after reading reviews once these are gone I will get a better brand). And omega one catfish pellets too. My cories are like my children lol I love them and their personalities, but when I saw the tetras refusing the food and being chased away by rainbows half their size I did feel sorry for them - just don't want that grease layer to come back

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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2017, 02:57:02 PM »
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There are the omega one flakes I have
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OMEGA-ONE-Freshwater-12g-28-62g-148g-/282187287808?var=&hash=item41b3ac4d00:m:mNgm2MTqDay4-a-0PRt5qOQ
I got the 2.2 oz/62 g size - the tub is 14.5 cm tall and 7 cm across, and was filled not far short of the lid, to around the top of the word omega on the label. That should give you an idea of which tub size you need  :)

Don't forget cories are omnivores not vegetarian so they need a sinking pellet with some meat content.

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Re: Best quality flake food
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2017, 04:39:23 PM »
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It's not unusual for new fish to refuse a food at first if they're not used to it. It doesn't necessarily mean it's not a good food.

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