What Foods And Feeding Cardinal Tetras

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Hi. I got my first cardinal tetras, nine of them, a few days ago. They are pretty young and baby like. Unlike my other fish who fed at the surface or the bottom, they seem to eat mostly falling food.

I am able to smash up omega one color flakes or omega one veggie flakes, and they seem to like that.

However, i wasn't able to get freeze dried bloodworms to drop. Are you guys able to make that food fall?

A few days ago, I also tried my new life spectrum 0.5mm pellets. I think one ate it. However, the rest tried it, then spat it out. I am not sure if it was because of the garlic on the pellets, or more likely because the pellets are too hard.

I was looking to possibly by omega one mini color pellets, but I am not sure if they are soft enough.

So basically, i can feed my tetras just flakes right now, they dont like my pellets, and I can't get freeze dried bloodworms to sink. In addition to flakes,I think freeze dried daphnia might sink too, but i haven't tried if they would go for that yet.

Any suggestions? is omega one pellets soft enough? I would consider hikari pellets, but omega one gives you better amount per price bargain. In addition, how do you get freeze dried bloodworms to sink?
 
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Hi. I got my first cardinal tetras, nine of them, a few days ago. They are pretty young and baby like. Unlike my other fish who fed at the surface or the bottom, they seem to eat mostly falling food.

I am able to smash up omega one color flakes or omega one veggie flakes, and they seem to like that.

However, i wasn't able to get freeze dried bloodworms to drop. Are you guys able to make that food fall?

A few days ago, I also tried my new life spectrum 0.5mm pellets. I think one ate it. However, the rest tried it, then spat it out. I am not sure if it was because of the garlic on the pellets, or more likely because the pellets are too hard.

I was looking to possibly by omega one mini color pellets, but I am not sure if they are soft enough.

So basically, i can feed my tetras just flakes right now, they dont like my pellets, and I can't get freeze dried bloodworms to sink. In addition to flakes,I think freeze dried daphnia might sink too, but i haven't tried if they would go for that yet.

Any suggestions? is omega one pellets soft enough? I would consider hikari pellets, but omega one gives you better amount per price bargain. In addition, how do you get freeze dried bloodworms to sink?
Soak before feeding.
 

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Also try Hikari Tropical Micro Pellets. Soak before feeding. You can soak using GarlicGuard or Boyd's VitaChem (or just tank water). I put pellets in a plastic cup, soak (just need a few drops of the stuff I mention above), then fill cup with tank water and pour into tank.
 
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So you feed your tetras just flakes and pellets, and that is it?

Do your tetras eat much pellets that are on the substrate?

I was able to get freeze dried daphnia to sink monetarily before it floated back to the surface. It stirred it up in a cup and it was the downward force of the water in the cup that made it sink momentary. I still have to try sinking freeze dried bloodworms, which i will try in two days.

Otherwise, if this is it, then i will order some more pellets soon.
 

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You can squeeze the air out after soaking in warm water to get many foods to sink. Or hold a pinch underwater in the aquarium and continually squeeze in pulses until it will sink.
 
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You can squeeze the air out after soaking in warm water to get many foods to sink. Or hold a pinch underwater in the aquarium and continually squeeze in pulses until it will sink.
Yeah, besides flakes and pellets that go sink naturally, for freezed dried foods like bloodworms and daphnia, I have started feeding them by using a soup cup gather to the surface food and surface water. After the container fills up, i pour the water and food down, and they eat it. The food sinks only temporary before it floats again, but it is long enough for them to eat some before i do the whole gathering floating food routine over again.
 
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Mine eat absolutely anything, from everywhere: ground, water column, surface. I keep fasting the tank because they got so fat; whenever I feed they enter a swallow frenzy and i get baloon cardinals.

What I use to feed them is
1) mix of flakes, pellets of various types, all crushed through a pepper grounder
2) Repashy gel food (soilent green)
3) they feed on the live shrimp babies that dare swim in the water column
4) They also used to eat frozen foods when I gave it

Now there may be am explanation to why yours are picky; perhaps is therr not much competition in your tank for the food? In mine, when I feed it's Hunger games; perhaps that's why they will take anything
 

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The Cardinals are young and newly purchased. They will need time to become bolder, provided they feel secure in the tank.
 
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