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What food do Hippocampus kelloggi Seahorses eat?

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Live brine shrimp which have been enriched with vitamins, amphipods, which are commercially produced, and thawed frozen foods of appropriate size such as mysis shrimp. If your seahorse is captive bred, it is more likely to eat frozen food.

Seahorses are reputed to be among the more difficult marine animals to keep because of their feeding habits. Many people keep them in a small to medium size tank with a large refugium attached. The refugium is a compartment devoid of fish which contains live rock on which small live foods like amphipods and copepods can be encouraged to grow without being preyed upon. Occasionally you can "flush" some of these into the Seahorse tank. Ideally, your seahorse has live rock in its tank, too, since the small crustaceans that live and reproduce on live rock are great additional food.
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what type of food do fire eels eat ?

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They are carnivores, as far as I know, and like to strike out at passing fish fry and insect larva. The may learn to eat flakes and pellets but would probably be easier to tempt with an assortment of frozen foods like Mysis Shrimp, Enriched Brine, and Freshwater Multi-pack.
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what does Rainbow Shark eats

I am just wondering what does a rainbow shark eat.I dont see it eating anytime.

Can you plz suggest any product to feed them.

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They eat a varied diet and enjoy eating flake food as it falls through the water. They tend not to take food from the surface. They will also nibble spirulina wafers and meatier items like sinking shrimp pellets or thawed mysis shrimp.
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right temputure and food !

i got 4 tiger barbs,2 dwarf african frogs and two snails.with winter coming what tempture will make them all happy? Also i have been feeding them crushed shrimp pellets and omega tropical flakes (crushed shrimp only 2-3 times a week) is this cool,i mean they all seem happy !
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Your food choices sound okay as long as the frogs are eating. Barbs are pretty pushy at meal times, and I imagine the frogs have a hard time getting what they need. You may have to target feed them (put food right up in front of them) with tweezers and use live foods like black worms, so they don't get starved out!

Keep the tank at 76 degrees and all should be happy.
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I usually keep my tropical tanks at around 76 degrees.Fish can adapt to a little lower or a little higher temps,as long as the temps stay stable and don't fluctuate up and down.
As for feeding,you can add frozen/freeze dried Bloodworms to their diet on occasion.The frogs and Barbs will really enjoy them,as well as the snail,who eat both veggies and meat.
When keeping snails,you should also make sure to feed them some calcium enriched fresh veggies.This helps to keep their health and their shells in good condition. I cook them things like greens,zuchinni,squash,on occasion to soften it up and the snails love it.At times,I even find other fish eating the veggies also.
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what do bala sharks eat?

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Flake and pelleted foods, mysis, spirulina. Prefer to eat as the food falls through the water, not at the surface. Floating pellets may not attract their attention, therefore, until they are saturated and begin to sink. You can presoak them, too, or use sinking discs instead.
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They eat tropical flakes or pelleted food and also like brine shrimp and blood worms (live, frozen, or freeze-dried). I work at Petco and this is what we feed them.
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I have a Cardnalfish that wont eat.
I have received an answer for this that said use garlic on pellet food, but use ( sand Garlic so it wont stick in an auto feeder ) Where do you get Sand Garlic ? Thanks
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There are other products you can use as well, like Entice, and you soak the food in it prior to offering it to your fish. The garlic comes in the form of a liquid extract, which you use in the same manner.

Most marine fish are wild caught, and it is something of a challenge to get them to begin to feed. Your concern should be getting the fish to eat, not worrying whether the food can be put in a feeding dispenser. Once cardinalfish begin to feed, they are pretty adaptable, so you may be able to get it to eat convenient flake and pelleted foods in the future. For now, try things like brine and small mysis soaked in Entice or garlic extract. Also, if this is the only Cardinal you have, you may want to get more. They are used to being in pairs and small groups and sometimes do not adapt if kept one per tank.
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is it possible that they meant/confused sand garlic with garlic powder? Just a thought as I could not find any thing about sand garlic online.
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can an assorted platy, red swordtail, and red dalmation sailfin molly eat the same thing

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Pretty much, but mollies seem to enjoy more green food in their diet than the swords and platies. A balanced flake food, with occasional spirulina flake for the molly will work.
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You can feed them a color enhancing tropical flake food, not much of it, only once per day, crush the flakes a little bit and add them to the tank. It would be a benifit to feed them frozen brine shrimp or blood worms on occasion as well.
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what do tri-color sharks eat?

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They get big, but they have small mouths. I would say a varied diet is good for them. Shrimp pellets, flake food (they prefer to eat it as it falls through the water), spirulina disks, and occasionally frozen foods like mysis.
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Feed them shrimp pellets, any shark sold at Petco prefers food that sinks to the bottom.
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My fish is swimming up-side-down,sideways,and even just sitting at the top! Should I change my fish food or something?

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Your Betta is probably sick. You can ask a fish specialist or vet online about it.
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Your fish could have swim bladder disorder!

Feed the fish a couple of peas. This sounds weird, but it is believed the peas encourage destruction of the impaction.

Avoid feeding the goldfish for several days. Fish can survive without food for up to ten days or even longer, so this is not as cruel as it sounds. Sometimes this is enough to break up the impaction.
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the problem you are having is constipation found mostly in bettas and goldfish...to treat those symptoms you need to get a medicated fish food which petco does not sell...try going to a vet
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Im afraid ive lost several goldfish after such symptoms.
Even if he does or doesnt die, change 40% of the water in case its some disease that may affect the other fish. It propably wont, but it always safer to do so.
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It's hard to tell exactly what is wrong given the limited info, but it sounds a bit like a swim bladder disorder which can be caused by constipation or an internal bacterial infection. Now I am assuming you have a betta fish - if you have your fish in just an unfiltered bowl or tank, I would suggest first doing a large water change - 100% - if you have not done one recently (in the last few days) to ensure that he's got clean water. Does your fish have a swollen belly? If so, you could be overfeeding it. Also, has he defecated in the last few days? Is it normal or white and stringy? If his tummy is swollen, he has not pooped or it has looked normal (not white and stringy) fasting for two days would be your first step. Then feed with a blanched pea (skin removed, only a quarter of a pea) once and wait for him to pass some defecation. If it is a betta, he can actually go without food for weeks if necessary. If he is still not defecating you may want to try giving him another portion of pea after another 24-48 hours. If this does not work or if you have noticed stringy, white defecation you may want to look into the possibility of a bacterial or parasitic infection. If it has gone too long as a result of constipation, sometime swim bladder disorder is not reversible. In that case, your only option is to make your fish more comfortable by lowering his water level in a wider, shallower tank (so he can come up to breathe with his labyrinth more easily).
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It varys per fish. But try doing weekly water changes and feeding peas. Could also be dropsy or constipation
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Hi,it sounds like your fish is in some serious trouble.The first thing that I would suggest would be a 25% water change with treated,matching temps .I would then invest in either some test strips that allow you to moniter your water params,or an actual Master Kit that does drop tests.
For now,you can take a sample of your tank water to the pet store and they can help you if that's where your problems lie. 9 times out of ten,your fish usually act that way when the water in the tank is off.
Good luck!
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What is your fish? Betta? How long have you had it. It might be old...I doubt it has to do with your food.
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are the salt water and fresh water fish given the same kind of food

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No, but sometimes frozen food is usually sold for fresh and salt water. If you go to your local Petco or online, you can view the fish foods.
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Not usually, there is food specifically formulated for each. If the food says Marine then it is for saltwater, if it says Freshwater Tropical, it is for freshwater fish.
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How many pellets a day should I give my Betta? Do I feed more than once a day"

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Bettas should eat 3-5 pellets, or a pinch of flakes. Feed them 2 times a day. Morning and evening are good times for feeding.
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If you have your betta in an unheated bowl, then generally 5-6 pellets once a day with one day of fasting will keep your betta in tip top shape. As a rule, if your betta's stomach area (just below their pectoral fins) looks nicely rounded, then they've had enough to eat. Just remember to keep up on your water changes!
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My betta fish refused to eat

My betta fish normally enjoys eating Hikari Betta Bio-Gold. But since last night, it refused to eat any. It'd swallow it and throw it out. It swims ok. I wonder what might be wrong.
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Your Betta might be ready to move on to the giant Betta bowl in the sky. :( If a pet refuses to eat, they're sick or about to leave the world. It happened with my Sheltie. :'( It might also be because your Betta is in a new environment.
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I would make sure your tank is the right temperature, the more it gets below 76 degrees the less likely it will be to eat. Also check the ph, ammonia and nitrate levels, you must do water changes in order to keep the water in great shape. Try feeding him a small part of a frozen cube of blood worms, the take to them quite well, even better live ones work better.
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Puffer fish are carnivores, and they are nocturnal predators. They have to eat hard-shelled meaty food. They eat foods such as snails, crabs, clams, oysters, shrimp, and crayfish.
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Frozen food for fish

How do I get frozen snails, black worms....etc

all i see at Portsmouth , NH store are blood worms, and krill...
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Petco stores usually have freezers with packets of frozen and live food. Live food is usually worms. I'm not sure if they have frozen snails though. Go to your local Petco and ask. :)
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ask your local pet store to special stock them or to order you a few packs of them so that you will have a stock of them for yourself until the next time you need to order it.
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Tetra Pond WheatGerm Floating fish food?

I went to feed my goldfish last night and i opened my pond fish food and there where these creepy little brown bugs living in it that looked like tiny tiny woodlouse. Can somebody help me? they are freaking me out!
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The food was probably not fresh. The bottle most likely got invaded by those bugs somehow. If you checked the expiration date, it was probably out-of-date.
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I am not sure how old the food is, where it is being stored or if it was unopened whenever you did opened it up. But there are several different types of bugs that can get into all types of pet foods, and while I am sure your pond fish eat bugs here and there that are in your pond, I would just reccommend to buy another bag of fish food, buy a large container with an airtight lid to store it in out of the sun, rain and heat.
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what kinds oflive foods do have that are suitable for bettas?

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Best live food for a betta: mosquito larvae. But they don't sell them, for the obvious reason that within a week your local petco would be overrun with mosquitos. Twenty years ago I grew my own in the summer months, but it was tedious and messy. But there's nothing better for conditioning many types of fish for breeding, especially angels.
Frozen mysis, live brine, spirulina enriched frozen brine, would all be decent substitutes if fed in moderation along with pellets and flakes made specifically for bettas.
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As with any fish, you want to give them a variety to keep them healthy. Frozen foods are always great to have on hand. But you have to make sure not to over feed one betta as they do not eat very much at all. keep a betta flake food handy, along with tubifex worms and frozen brine shrimp and blood worms.
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what do you feed your betta fishes?

i bought a betta fish and gave it pellet food but he wont eat it he only spits it out. he is not sick he swims and is very active. i was thinking he does not like the food im giving him that is why im asking what type of food you feed your bettas
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It's normal for fish to suck in and spit out their food. If you're feeding it food specifically for Betta's then don't bother switching it.
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I gave mine 'Hikari Betta Bio-Gold' and he loved it. My exs however, would spit it out. It was very strange. In a pinch though, his would always take freeze dried tube worms. Eventually, my ex messed with different pellets, and found one his betta liked. You may have to try a type or two. Yours may be picky.
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I just bought a goldfish and have him in a relatively large vase. He can't seem to find the food at the top. What should I do so he doesn't starve?

The vase is bowl shaped but opens up at the top so there is room for oxygen to circulate. There's also an African Dwarf frog living in the vase. I moved them from my small plastic aquarium because I was afraid they wouldn't have enough room and the frog stopped eating when my first fish (a Molly) died.
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Bowls of any kind are not a good choice for goldfish because for one thing the oxygen will not circulate in just a bowl. You need filteration systems in order to get the water to circulate properly. African dward frogs are very hard to get to eat in the first place and the two should not be housed together at all. Most likely it is too warm and there is very little oxygen in the bowl for the goldfish and that is only part of the reason it probably isn't eating. The african dwarf frog is probably too cold and that is why it isn't eating, along with the fact that they do require a tank with filteration and heater. Goldfish can stay at 65 degrees with no problem. I would house the goldfish in a 20 gallon tank with a good power filter on the tank. do regular weekly water changes and please make sure the ammonia and nitrate levels are normal. The higher they get the more ill your fish will get.
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well typically a goldfish needs 2 gallons of water per inch of fish. Also a Vase (no matter how big) does not have suffient surface area. I dont see a way that you could get a filter in there either. But anyway, try sinking goldfish pellets by Tetra, my goldfish love them. Hope it helps!
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Frozen brine shrimp

I have a saltwater tank. I have some fish that only eat Frozen brine shrimp. What can I put in an automatic feeder when I go on vacation that they might eat ? They
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One thing about saltwater fish keeping is that most of them do eat different types of foods. While the thought of an automatic feeder is a dream for vacationers, it isn't going to help to feed every fish in the tank either. And while most fish will stay in a dormant type stage if the lights are kept off, the same thing doesn't really apply to all fish either. So the best suggestion I can tell you is to find a reliable fish baby sitter who can follow directions and come in to feed your fish while you are away. That is the only way to ensure that your fish are getting what they need.
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You can try a garlic extract that can be added to pellet food as an attractant to try and entice them to eat dry food and once adjusted you can add the pellet food (sand garlic or it will stick) to the auto feeder. It's a process but usually successful.
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How to reproduce fish?

I want my fish to give eggs.
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Get the book aquarims for dummies! It has alot of info in it that will help you!
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Well this is a very general question, if you would like more information on how to raise fish, you will have to know the specific species of fish that you want to raise. Also, not all fish are egg layers, there are some live bearing fish as well. Once you have decided what type of fish you would like to raise, you will benifit greatly from doing alot of research on those type of fish. The internet has alot of information to offer.
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