From BC, Canada
Don't base too much on the fish spitting food out - they often mouth their food as a natural ritual.
Variety is crucial and processed commercial foods will only offer so much, especially in the vitamin category. All vitamins in heat-processed foods are synthetic, so I view them as a multi-vitamin supplement.
Guppies grow and thrive with about 30-40% protein in their diet, with fry benefitting from the upper end of the scale.
Carrying fancy finnage takes a solid bone and muscle structure and developing those lovely fins relies on many nutrients, so it's important for both growing fish and adults to receive a full spectrum. The muscular and bone structure especially requires Vitamins A, B1, C, D3 & Biotin, Phosphorus and of course, Calcium & Magnesium, to function at peak levels and support healthy growth.
Small amounts, more often is definitly the ticket. Do watch the amount though, they require very little at each feeding and can only utilize so many nutrients each time. The leftovers will quickly foul the environment and as a Guppy breeder once said, many more fish die from a foul environment than they do from starvation.
Guppies are an awesome Livebearer, have fun with them!
Posted on: 2009/11/24 19:54