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Old 04-04-2007, 03:23 PM
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Question What should i feed my malawi cichlids?

I have a malawi tank and dont know what to give them and how much.
At the mo their having tropical fish flakes and spiritulina flakes. Do i need to give them anything else?
And how much of each do i give them.
I also heard that they can have peas or lettuce, is that true?

Please help!!!
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Old 04-04-2007, 06:03 PM
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Default Re: What should i feed my malawi cichlids?

I feed my Malawi cichlids Wardley Cichlid Flakes, Wardley floating cichlid pellets(mini size) , and freeze dried bloodworms. I did offer peas, spinach and lettuce but they didn't like these, and it was just contributing to waste in a cycling tank. I find it's very easy to overfeed cichlids as they always appear to be starving... be careful. Good luck with them...What variety do you have and what size tank?
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Old 04-05-2007, 07:22 PM
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Default Re: What should i feed my malawi cichlids?

ok so i could give them cichlid flakes and spirilina pellets and that would be ok? Should i do one , one day and the other the next day?

I have yellow labs the yellow and black striped one and the bright orange ones. Sorry i cant remember how to spell the names.
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:13 AM
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Default Re: What should i feed my malawi cichlids?

I feed mine twice a day, as smaller frequent feeds are best. I feed flakes in the morning and pellets at night. Cichlids require some green food... they do eat algae. Spirulina is a good option for green food. Flake food gives a combo of plant and animal protein. Avoid feeding high fat and high meat protein. I've read that blood worms can cause Malawi bloat so I only feed that occasionally.

Ashmar - what size tank do you have and how big will your cichlids grow? I have a 29 gallon with two blue kenyis and two yellow labs. I will definitely have to re-home the kenyis or get a bigger tank.
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5 gal... Robin, (Betta)
5 gal...Pete, (Betta)
5 gal...Scotty(Betta)
10 gal...Female Betta Sororiety
10 gal... Neons, Glolights and Cardinals, 1 Oto
10 gal... Ram Pair
29 gal... Mbuna Tank
29 gal... Krib Pair, Tiger Barbs, Tetras, 2 Otos
55 gal...5 Australian Rainbows, 1 Angel Fish, 1 Blue Gourami, 6 Congo Tetras, 1 Leopard Ctenopoma, 1 Clown Pleco, 1 UpsideDown Catfish,5 Otos, 1 Bronze Cory, 2 Peppered Cories,2 Panda Cories
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:43 PM
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Default Re: What should i feed my malawi cichlids?

Spirulina flakes should be a staple for malawis. I also found that they enjoyed lettuce very much. I would put a large strip of romaine lettuce in the tank (they didn't like iceberg lettuce). Lettuce floats nicely at the top. During the day, they would nip at it when I wasn't watching, until only a skeleton of the hard portions remained. At that point I'd discard the remainder. This was a very clean process, as they only eat what they want and the rest is removed with minimal impact on water quality. Give it a try.

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Old 04-07-2007, 01:27 PM
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Default Re: What should i feed my malawi cichlids?

I tried feeding the lettuce as you suggested... I had been chopping it into small pieces and they were totally ignoring it. Your way works much better!! Thanks!!!
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10 gal...Female Betta Sororiety
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10 gal... Ram Pair
29 gal... Mbuna Tank
29 gal... Krib Pair, Tiger Barbs, Tetras, 2 Otos
55 gal...5 Australian Rainbows, 1 Angel Fish, 1 Blue Gourami, 6 Congo Tetras, 1 Leopard Ctenopoma, 1 Clown Pleco, 1 UpsideDown Catfish,5 Otos, 1 Bronze Cory, 2 Peppered Cories,2 Panda Cories
 


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