Monday, July 29, 2013

A Baby's First Bites

I've mentioned previously in these posts how I grow brine shrimp for my newborn angelfish fry. Their mouths are so tiny that if they must rely on fish flakes, they will starve to death. And babies need a whole lot of food at least three times a day to survive and flourish.

Yesterday, my friendly neighborhood pet shop (Carroll's Pets in Lumberton, NC) recommended that I try First Bites. Shelli, the owner, was using it with new angelfish babies that are actually the offspring of Lindsay Buckingfish and Stevie Fishnick.

First Bites is a very fine powder, finer than talcum. It's the perfect size for the babies' tiny mouths. What's more, when it is added to the water, it drops instantly. This is very important because new babies don't know yet to go to the surface of the water to get their food. They will learn that once they are about a month old. However, it's instinct that tells them to go after tiny specks that seem to be swimming around them - like live brine shrimp or First Bites.

I haven't completely discarded my notion of feeding live brine shrimp. However, I'll be using this as well. It is comprised of nearly 50% protein, including fish meal, Antarctic krill and clam, as well as some fillers that hold it together like wheat flour. It is rated five stars by this website that recommends it for Oscar fry: http://www.oscarfish.com/5-star-foods/227-hikari-first-bites-ingredients-analysis.html

2 comments:

Trevor Greenfield said...

Hi,

Thank you for a very interesting post. I breed angels semi-professionally in that I sell around 300 - 400 angels a month to shops around my area.

There are times, despite all the best planning, when I find myself with a newly hatched batch of fry and no brine shrimp ready.

I have tried to keep a supply of the newly hatched brine shrimp sold in jars by Ocean Nutrition but you have to use this up with a week of opening so can't be kept for emergencies.

I'll definately give these Hikari First Bites a try and see how I get on with it.

Thanks again.

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Sounds like an interesting alternative