Jump to content

Taiwan bee feeding


dao
 Share

Recommended Posts

I have a heavily planted TB/hybrid tank which is pretty much my first try on TB. What surprises me is that they do not show a lot of interested in commercialized food.

I tried several brands now, and the reaction is pretty much the same for all of them - sometimes they ignore it, sometimes they will start eating, but after a 5-10mins they usually leave. And it always takes a significant amount of time to attract them inside the feeding bowl. It seems that they are much more interested in the plants and kale which I occasionally add, then the food sticks. Is this normal or should I be worried ?

They are in my tank for around two months, and they grow very slowly, which is why I would be happy to see them eat more ;)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Ive had the same experience with my TBs. They hardly pay any attention to any food i add to the tank. I keep trying different kinds but nothing seems to excite them. A few bites and they move on. My neos and tigers fight over and devour almost any food that i put in their tank.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks, glad to know I'm not the only one.

Another question, maybe silly but still I would like to know - Can you just dry the uneaten food sticks and put them back in another day ?

I have to dose them large enough so that the shrimp can't get them out of the feeding bowl, but since I have just 15 shrimp, of which 8 are hybrids they hardly manage to eat anything.

If I would just leave it inside I'm afraid I'm risking overfeeding the hybrids which do actually like the food.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm sure you'll receive other responses from more experienced folks, but I started with small numbers making one stick too much for my population. I also had read some opinions that powdered food minimized 'food fights' so I stick my food in the blender and now feed it powdered. First I mix it with some tank water in a cup so it sinks, then pour it in. It is easier for me to control amounts and I can mix a small amount and share it between tanks if I want further reducing what they are getting at one time.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

You

 

Thanks, glad to know I'm not the only one.

Another question, maybe silly but still I would like to know - Can you just dry the uneaten food sticks and put them back in another day ?

I have to dose them large enough so that the shrimp can't get them out of the feeding bowl, but since I have just 15 shrimp, of which 8 are hybrids they hardly manage to eat anything.

If I would just leave it inside I'm afraid I'm risking overfeeding the hybrids which do actually like the food.

 

 

You most likely have enough bio-film. As the population increases so will the need for commercial food. I have observed that shrimp will prefer bio-film over commercial when they have the choice. I had the same concerns when I first started and my tanks population was small.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

How large is the aquarium? If they love Kale, have you tried and commercialized/manufactured kale pads/sticks/pellets/etc.?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The tank is 8 gallon. Didn't try manufactured kale since they are already eating the dried kale, so there would be no change in nutrition just in the way it is being served, right ?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The tank is 8 gallon. Didn't try manufactured kale since they are already eating the dried kale, so there would be no change in nutrition just in the way it is being served, right ?

 

Not necessarily, the benefit of manufactured foods are the additional vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that can be compounded together. What foods have you tried already? 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...