Colour Enhancing Foods

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Because I have corys I tend to feed frozen every day anyway, but I think, with carnivorous cichlids anyway, I would do similar, or at least every other day.

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Stephen wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:34 am
The Hikari sinking cichlid Gold mini and Vitalis south American cichlid pellets (alternated) would be my choice as the Bolivian Rams like to sift through the sand for their food.
Also alternate with some fresh/frozen food once or twice a week and maybe some cichlid bug bites once a week will give them a good variety of food.

24C is on the lower end of their preferred water temperature, 25/26C would be better but that depends on what other fish you have in with them.
Keyhole cichlids would be fine at 25/26C

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Yeah I thought 24C was a good compromise because my group of neons. Keyholes seem to be thriving at least, grown a lot and explore all levels of tank unlike the Bolivians who have their own sections on the bottom.
Yeah the blue rams & stuff I Know like it higher still which is what puts me off them for compatility.

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Jon_D wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 20:44 pm
MISTY.... How do you add the spirulina? I added it once some time ago straight into a spare tank, and the wretched water turned deep green and lasted that colour for ages. I'd like to use it as I have a full tin left. ;)
As Gingerlove mentioned spirulina is already mixed in the food. I’ve got this one
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Misty wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 15:28 pm
Gamma do frozen food with spirulina (which is a natural colour enhancer), I have brine shrimp with spirulina
Also, I think krill is believed to be a natural colour enhancer
Thanks Misty the Gamma stuff seems to be a popular choice on here.

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Is it just me or do their bellies look a little sunk?

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They do a little sunken. How are they eating?

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Gingerlove05 wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 17:45 pm
They do a little sunken. How are they eating?
Eating OK little hesitant round the keyholes during feeding but always looking for it.

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Maybe increase their feeding or try putting food in their area so they can avoid competition with the keyholes. Or disperse the food around so they dont have to complete eg dose in two separate areas

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There's probably a reason why they were the last ones in the shop, looked like they were getting bullied by an angel fish and I took pity on them being my favourite fish. I'm a soft touch with things like that.

Ironically my local pets at home has some lovely colourful ones in just now, although i did see some in the same tank with sunken bellies too I assume that kind of thing would be extremely Contagious especially in their tanks.

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It depends why the bellies are sunken.
If it's just lack of decent food then it can be possible to reverse.
If it's internal parasites then it's harder to reverse successfully.

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