Which food is best for african cichlid? Question

Discussion in 'Fish Food' started by delta5, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. delta5Well Known MemberMember

    I'm only asking in regards to pellets.

    This one from petco:  


    This one from petsmart:  

    If there is a better one on either petco or petsmart feel free to suggest them instead. Please do not suggest anything I can't buy off the shelf at these two stores.

  2. WolfaraRoseValued MemberMember

    I would go with the hikari brand.
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  4. Castiel*Well Known MemberMember

    I use New Life Spectrum, and I HIGHLY recommend it. I've never had any problems with bloat, and my Africans go NUTS for it! Its all natural, made from krill, and doesn't cloud up the water too bad. Even if you have bigger African cichlids they will love it! All my fish have grown quite a bit since I switched from Hikari, and colored up a little better too!

    They absolutely love it!! It is a little bit more expensive than other brands, but after I switched they quit spitting out pellets and eating them again.
  5. delta5Well Known MemberMember

    I noticed my cichlids will spit them back out and then eat them.

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  6. Castiel*Well Known MemberMember

    NLS?? Maybe my fish are just less picky or liked a change from Hikari. I only feed them NLS now and they are healthier and more active than ever. But I know how fish are, they have completely different tastes and personalities!
  7. delta5Well Known MemberMember

    No no. I feed them API pellets right now. Maybe you can tell me if this jacks aquarium and pets pellets sound good.

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    This stuff cost me basically 3 dollars an oz.

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  8. Castiel*Well Known MemberMember

    That is not to bad of a price, but usually with African Cichlids you want to try to find foods that have less than 40% crude protein. It is a lot easier on their sensitive tummies and you won't have to worry about them bloating as much!

    If your Africans like it, keep using it! I just like my NLS! Really noticed a difference in their color, size, and energy after I switch to NLS.
  9. delta5Well Known MemberMember

    I may stop using the API and give the jacks pellets 2 weeks and then maybe give NLS a try?

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    Couldn't help myself and tried the jack pellets. The cichlids didn't seem to care for them :( and that is saying a lot considering it's the first thing they had to eat today....

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  10. Castiel*Well Known MemberMember

    Yes its always frustrating when they won't eat when you buy them new food. I'd try supplementing their food a couple times a week with the jack's pellets you purchased. They may just not like the change and need to get used to it.

    Don't worry if you fish don't eat that day, they can go a week or two without eating at all.

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