What food did you have in mind? I've drip fed a Chlorella culture in to a tank with very small fry, but that is a bit of a special case.I'm curious as to whether anyone has tried any liquid food; in particular ones that don't need being kept refrigerated and could be added to the aquarium using a dosing pump.
I've absolutely no idea Darrel is the truth; just looking to explore options and whether this is something that could be a feasible option as a reliable source of food which a doser could take care of. Not out of lazyness, just a reliable source is all.What food did you have in mind?
My guess was that there isn't, which was why I found the question intriguing.Are there any liquid foods that aren't fry foods?
It can't to any harm. They dust Fruit-flies (when feeding to Dart Frogs) with vitamin powders.I have very recently started using the following:
I just have a little bit out in a small container (specimen tube sized) <"in the fridge">. I keep the rest in the freezer.I keep reading about how quickly vitamins in (dried) fish foods lose their efficacy once a container has been opened
sorry; I didn't notice your post yesterday.Only once used a brand liquid food for some tetra fry Cant remember which
I have seen JBL PlonktonPur before (free sample) but is more of a gel, I have searched for what it is but when it comes to the science side I'll leave that to @dw1305 or someone more knowledgeable than myselfIs this based on seeing a new type of liquid food Andrew or just an idea? Are there any liquid foods that aren't fry foods?
If it leaves a film in a marine running a protein skimmer (and typically a weir of some kind) then that's quite worrying!My local fish shop was giving away TMC’s attempt at a suspended brineshrimp liquid food (although designed for marine tanks) for free because it made a horrible film on the surface even with a protein skimmer running.
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Thanks for that JPC, this is an additive to be used in conjunction with whatever else you feed, not saying that's a bad thing and one to take away and give some thought over but not a standalone feed that can be run through a doser. As you say how do you know it works or not; is it well spent money or just a waste? - Be interested to hear your views after a while.I have very recently started using the following:
I keep reading about how quickly vitamins in (dried) fish foods lose their efficacy once a container has been opened. So, this JBL Atvitol seemed like a good idea. Too early to tell if it makes an iota of difference. And, the question has to be asked - without running a controlled experiment, how will I know if it has any benefit? Only time will tell.
Are there any liquid foods that aren't fry foods?
I know little more than feeding dried foods and the occasional bit of frozen, there is nowhere close by to source live foods which is something I intend to explore and become educated in what I can realistically breed.My guess was that there isn't, which was why I found the question intriguing.
What do you opt for then or recommend as the easiest yet most beneficial; ones that are lower maintenance, don't smell or can keep outside.For live food culture it can be as simple as a bucket or two tucked away in the garden. You can even grow it in a small wildlife pond. It's really no work at all and you get to witness fascinating hunting behaviour in your fish.
I'm not aware of any liquid foods that are available, I've never really thought about it or looked for them however. I've used some when I kept non photosynthetic corals but they were all very labour intensive and only lasted a day. There was also the need to use a magnetic stirrer (like in a kalk reactor). There were products emerging that claimed they could be dosed how you envision but they to seemed to have a limited shelf life.Hey @mort I hadn't necessarily meant a live food in the first place but just curious if anything existed that could be fed in such a way. I've seen a few things around but curious if anything like a quality dried food suspended in water existed - just a crazy thought.
What do you opt for then or recommend as the easiest yet most beneficial; ones that are lower maintenance, don't smell or can keep outside.
Here is one I came across with a very quick search but there were others when I looked around the other day; probably not good value for money etc but I had just wondered what else was out there. There's also the jbl Planktonpur I came across before.I'm not aware of any liquid foods that are available
Not something that works for the doser but definitely something I intend to look further into so if you have any advice feel free to PM me with it or point me in a good idiot proof direction!Most of the live foods you can culture are available as frozen foods so if its easier you could stick to them as they are beneficial but fish do look happier with wiggling prey.
Those are a bit like the <"freeze dried Copepods"> from <"Current food trends">, and they are really for feeding Corals etc., organisms which sieve plankton from the water column.I came across with a very quick search but there were others when I looked around the other day
As you say the products I've mentioned do seem more marine based but say suitable for freshwater which left me wondering.I'm not sure if dosed foods is an idea the hobby has passed by, not thought of or simply discounted but it's far easier to keep food fresh out of solution with a normal automatic feeder and I think this is why we are struggling for ideas.
They might, but I think they would prefer a big juicy bloodworm or similar that they can only just fit in their mouths.I'm pretty sure micro-predators like Pipefish, Threadfin Rainbows or Corydoras pygmaeus would like them as well.