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Default Live food as a staple diet?

Im quite keen on getting rid of flaked food altogether and feeding my fish live food on a permanent basis. Is this a good idea, or does the flake food contain vital ingredients not found in live food?
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Default Re: Live food as a staple diet?

Sorry mgreen but I kinda forgot what type of fish you keep

Live foods like Brine shrimp, bloodworms, mysis shrimp, ect... would work but it might be hard to keep them in full supply.

Live foods like Ghost shrimp, comet goldfish, rosy reds, ect... would work for large preditory fish but there is a chance of accidently introducing a disease to your tank.
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Variety is the best way to go when feeding fish to keep them in optimum health, also stops them from getting bored with the same food all the time. Flakes do have added vitamins/minerals necessary for them. Not sure if you mean actual live food or frozen live food Marlon, some frozen food does also have vitamins added to them.

As Cole said, it may depend on what fish you have and whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. My peacock gobies will not touch anything except live/frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp and beef heart as they are carnivores...apparently that is their natural food anyway, and seems to satisfy their nutritional needs.
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Default Re: Live food as a staple diet?

Thanks for your comments

I will be mainly keeping herbivores such as livebearers, neons, cory's etc. I was asking about frozen and live foods because i read somewhere that they are the best way keep your fish healthy and thus intensify the colourings on them
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Those fish are more omnivores and really need both meat and vegetable/algae food products, so I personally would feed them the flakes as well. The frozen food is good to provide protein and as you say will help keep them healthy, but variety is the key! Also if some fish are only fed live/frozen food I think it may upset their intestines and may also cause trouble with digestion/constipation.
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thanks for the advice, so the main thing to take away from this is VARIETY. ill be making sure that I have the widest variety of food for fish in London hehehehe

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