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Posted 26 January 2004 - 06:25 PM

I have a German Red Peacock that is about 5 inches long. The store had multiple size pelets, the brand name is Hikari Cichlid Gold Color enhancing formula. The sizes were baby, mini, medium, and large (smallest to largest). Do you recommend this brand, and if not what brand do you recommend? Also, what size of pellets do I need?

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Posted 27 January 2004 - 12:16 PM

Of that brand you would want the baby or mini but the absolute best food for african cichlids is spirulina flakes by far since that type of food is least likely to cause malawi bloat, a condition that causes their intestinal track to plug up and kill them.

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Posted 27 January 2004 - 09:07 PM

Yes it does, thank you :D . The fish is hardly eating the food I bought. I got the medium size, and he waits untill it is soft then chews on it. Also I notice that it swims around alot, but does not seem to be aggresive, could this be do to stress? :huh: He was in a small tank when I bought it maybe this was the problem?

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Posted 28 January 2004 - 09:40 PM

Hmm maybe he is stressed :huh: . Tonight when I got home I found the head of one of my 'red eye tetra' :angry: . I haven't seen the Peacock or any of my fish show aggresion (chasing other fish, trying to nibble at others). The only other fish capable of eating the whole body of this tetra would be my Pseudo, which I really doubt did it. It is about inch and a half, doesn't seemed to be stressed or hungry. On the other hand, my Peacock hasn't eaten since I bought him, three days ago, and seems to be stressed out, swimming up and down and all around the tank :o . What to do? :(
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Posted 08 February 2004 - 10:20 AM

The spirulina flakes are great i got some and my fish love them. They also bring the color out in some fish.

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Posted 09 February 2004 - 05:44 PM

Did you get the Hikari Cichlid Gold Color enhancing formula? If you did do your fish like them? I would like to know because i am trying to get a good varity of food for my fish. Did you know that cichlids also like rabbit pellets. I know it sounds crazy but if the fish are big enough and the pellets are pretty small they will eat them. At least mine do!

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Posted 18 December 2004 - 05:07 AM

I use Sprecurm, I have fish rangeing from 3 in to 8 in, They can eat anysize that fits in mought, 5 inch I would use medium size. What size is your tank? How many fish do you have in it?

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Posted 02 February 2005 - 09:46 AM

A 5 inch german red can eat the large hikori pellets. They float so they don't make a huge mess. My cichlids love them, but I use the small size since most of my fish aren't mature yet. Don't worry about the peacock getting bloat from the pellets either, he will be fine. You mainly have to worry about Mbuna getting that with the exception of some labs.

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