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Fish Food and Feeding / Re: Flake food - what to try next?
« Last post by Sue on Yesterday at 09:54:02 PM »
I am currently using Omega One flakes.



My new betta is very picky. I have Atisons betta pellets and I bought some Northfin Betta pellets because the ingredients are so much better. But he doesn't like the Northfin pellets - I think they are harder than the Atisons. I soak the pellets first, he eats the Atisons straight down but he spits out the Northfin pellets, then eats the bits, then gets fed up and abandons them.


I know this is an old article but it is quite interesting on the subject of fish food ingredients. The link will take a while to load as the site has closed and the link is via Wayback Machine https://web.archive.org/web/20180818083717/http://www.oscarfish.com/fish-food-ingredients.html
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Fishtank Filtration and Cycling / Re: Filter placement in tank
« Last post by Littlefish on Yesterday at 09:29:17 PM »
Thanks @Sue
I've normally set them up at opposite ends, but some of my tanks can be viewed from one side as well as the front. This is the case with my tiger barb tank, but the spray bar is clear, so I've put that at the end that the fish can be viewed from, and it's not too much of a distraction.
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Fish Food and Feeding / Re: Flake food - what to try next?
« Last post by Littlefish on Yesterday at 09:25:04 PM »
Forgot to mention that I've also tried Fluval tropical flakes, which were greeted with the same enthusiasm as all other foods.  :)
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Fish Food and Feeding / Re: Flake food - what to try next?
« Last post by Littlefish on Yesterday at 09:23:27 PM »
I have used similar brands to you - JBL NovoBel, TetraMin, and API.
I have also use the Vitalis tropical flakes, and several brands of granules (Bug Bites, Dr Bassler), but haven't used any of the others that you have mentioned.

I'm not sure that my gang are good indicators of what to try with slightly more fussy fish, as none of my fish have been known to refuse any food presented to them.  ::)
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Fish Food and Feeding / Flake food - what to try next?
« Last post by fcmf on Yesterday at 06:32:12 PM »
I've mentioned before that my gang have become fussy, ignoring or spitting out the palest colour and now even the red-coloured JBL NovoBel flakes. I'm just trying to figure out what brand to try next - back to TetraMin or API, or possibly something else. Has anyone tried Fish Science, Dennerle Complete, Vitalis (New Era), Nature's Grub, King British or any other brands? If so, what are your / your fishes' views?

[Edited to add, as an exchange of information: In terms of pellets, I'm finding that, once the initial / first month's excitement of a new food has worn off, popularity as assessed by swimming speed is in the following order - Dr Bassleer's Biofish food (herbal), Hikari Micro Pellets, Fish Science micro granules, Fluval Bug Bites for small fish.]
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Fishtank Filtration and Cycling / Re: Filter placement in tank
« Last post by Sue on Yesterday at 11:51:54 AM »
It is usual to have the tube that takes water out on the opposite side from the tube that returns the water. The argument is that if they are both on the same side a good proportion of the returning water gets pulled straight into the out take tube.
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Fishtank Filtration and Cycling / Filter placement in tank
« Last post by Littlefish on Yesterday at 11:04:26 AM »
This may seem like a very simple question, and considering the amount of tanks I have, this should have crossed my mind a long time ago, but.......

When setting up an external filter, should the intake be on the same side as the spray bar/output, or should it be on the other side of the tank?

Also, does the placement have any influence on the circulation? and how much surface movement is required for gas exchange to take place?

I feel like a bit of a doofus asking these questions now, but better late than never.  ;)
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Introductions and hello's / Re: Hello Derrick - Please introduce yourself!
« Last post by Matt on Yesterday at 06:43:10 AM »
Welcome to ThinkFish!

We'd love to see some photos of your tanks! What species do you keep, and do you have it planted? What are your goals?

I visited South Africa a few years ago and massively enjoyed my time there... such amazing landscapes and wildlife you have!

I also noticed that the hobby seemed fairly popular... I ate in a couple of places that had fish tanks in them.
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Yes, this is indeed extremely interesting, so thanks for the clear and methodical write-up.  :cheers:
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Introductions and hello's / Re: Hello Derrick - Please introduce yourself!
« Last post by fcmf on January 22, 2019, 10:52:16 PM »
Welcome, @Derrick - indeed, great to have a fishkeeper from South Africa among us.  :wave:

Fishkeeping is a continuous learning situation, even for those of us with several decades' experience, but the advantage of a forum is how much can be learned from the wealth of collective experience and exchange of ideas, so we look forward to hearing more from you and having you on board.
 :fishy1:
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