For a long time macropods live in aquarium lovers. These beautiful aquarium fish are famous for their unpretentiousness, they do not need a large amount of water and they endure temperature fluctuations.
In this article I would like to share the experience of professional distributors of macropods.
The best food for these fish is the corelet, but this is on condition that you could find it. The fish eat the bloodworm as well, thank God, it can always be found on sale. But feed worker is not desirable.
If you feed the fish with the above feed and they are alive, then make sure that the remaining not eaten worms and larvae do not dig into the ground.
If with the presence of live feed in your city a lot of tension, then use a dry daphnia. Only when buying daphnia make sure that it has a gray color, and not yellow with a red tint, as it was dried in direct sunlight.
But the dried Gammarus macropods do not eat very willingly. You can try to fool the fish and mix in a ratio of 3: 1 or 4: 1 dried gammarus and dried daphnia.
This trick will allow you to diversify food, as hydrobionts will be able to get more nutrients than with monotonous feeding.
If you use dry food, make sure that the size of the feed matches the size of the fish. The fact is that adult fish will not eat the small fraction and the remains of food will settle on the bottom and simply pollute the water.
Rain and earthworms have proven themselves well. It is best to feed earthworm fish with a pinkish tinge of color.
But the dark red worms with blue tint, which live in the upper layers of the soil, are not suitable for aquarists, as they have a sharp taste. Even more beloved by fishermen dung worms are even more unsuitable for feeding aquarium fish.
Before feeding with earthworms, you must first squeeze the contents of their intestines from them, and then finely chop them with scissors and rinse what you just chopped. If you do not thoroughly wash the worms, there is a risk of severe turbidity in the aquarium water.
If you wish, you can prepare worms for the winter. To do this, they need to collect in the fall and place them with soil in a wooden box or plastic container.
In the fishing literature there is one tip on how to keep worms in the winter. Worms are fed with meat broth, but as for me, this is too much, there will be quite enough scraps of vegetables and roots.
This mix will be fine high protein feeding.
Macropods eat squid very well, which can lie in the freezer chamber of your refrigerator for a very long time. Although its meat is a bit harsh, but it will definitely be better than dry food.
Prepare it as follows. From the common carcass, it is necessary to cut a narrow strip and put it in warm water, where the meat should be thawed and rinsed.
Then they strip off the meat from the meat and cut it into small pieces using scissors.
Also, the macropods do not give up finely chopped beef. But you should not give the fish, because the meat of the fish has a fibrous structure and if it is not eaten, you will surely ruin the water in the aquarium.
The best food for macropods are small insects: mosquitoes, moths, flies, fruit moth larvae. If you were able to catch a large insect, such as a cockroach, it should be cut into small pieces using scissors.
When feeding macropods, you should take into account that in natural conditions the fish eats as much as they want. In aquarium conditions, since it moves less, it can eat less, but not a fact.
It is best to dose the feed and not overfeed the fish, as excessive feeding with a lack of physical activity can lead to obesity.
Fresh white bread is well suited from vegetable feed, as it will be well molded and wrinkled into small lumps. But stale bread is better not to feed, as it will begin to crumble and spoil the water in the aquarium.
The disadvantage of such turbidity is that it is extremely stable and it will be very problematic to get rid of it.
To feed their pets with bread, they roll it into a thin sausage and pinch off small portions from it and give it to the fish. To speed up this process, it is best to use scissors or a knife.
Remember, only rolled bread does not muddy the water. Initially, this kind of food for fish will be unusual, but over time, macropods will eagerly grab it during the meal.
Also macropods eat barley well, only it is necessary to boil it well and rinse under running cold water. But, from cereals, oatmeal is best eaten by fish.
Perhaps I will not say why this food should be eaten completely to the last crumb. If, however, pets do not pick up everything from the bottom, then you have to pick up the siphon and walk it on the ground.
While you have not yet filled your hand for the correct dosage, it is better to feed the fish in small portions and give the next batch only if all the food from the previous batch is eaten.
And in the end of today’s material I would like to add. In a flock of macropods there is a very strict hierarchy system and if you indiscriminately pour large quantities of food into the aquarium, the weaker and sick individuals may remain hungry. To cheat a little, it is better to first give a portion of the portion, and when stronger and more aggressive fish rush to the feed, give the rest and the remaining fish will also not be hungry.
If you give the fish two types of food, then the first portion should be the least valuable food, and then you can give worms. Only in this case you will be full of all the fish.