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    Default Re: illumnae's 600 gallon planted tank

    If you want to try and wean them on a new food, sometimes a little 'tough love' can help.

    I used to exclusively feed FDBW, but wanted to add different dry foods to their diet in the cases where I would forget to reorder Al's FDBW in time. Fish can go a long time without food. I think it was around the 4 or 5 day mark consistently feeding flake and pelleted foods that they realized those were yummy options too.

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    Default Re: illumnae's 600 gallon planted tank

    Quote Originally Posted by AquaticNerd View Post
    If you want to try and wean them on a new food, sometimes a little 'tough love' can help.

    I used to exclusively feed FDBW, but wanted to add different dry foods to their diet in the cases where I would forget to reorder Al's FDBW in time. Fish can go a long time without food. I think it was around the 4 or 5 day mark consistently feeding flake and pelleted foods that they realized those were yummy options too.
    I'm trying to leave that as a last resort as I only just got them to start feeding again after they refused to eat upon arriving at my place and being placed in quarantine. I understand what you're recommending though and will do that when I'm really left with no other choice. I've been hoping that leaving the pellets soaking in bloodworm juice and garlic guard would entice them to take a bite and try it, but no dice so far.

    In better news, the display tank got planted today! It doesn't look like much now as the plants have alot of growing in to do but it's great to finally see progress in the display tank. I love the botanical mulch in the sand bed in place of the usual aquascaping gravel for detailing. I think it makes the tank really look more like the flooded forest theme that I was going for.

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    Sorry for the cloudy water, the tank was just filled up. Hopefully it will clear overnight.

    Now to wait another 2 weeks for the plants to settle in before either adding more plants or finally adding the fish! Hopefully the discus will be on pellets by then.

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    Default Re: illumnae's 600 gallon planted tank

    The tank looks great!
    If pellets is your ultimate goal as the primary food the discus really need to be eating them consistently and prior to settling on the bottom before going into your beautiful display as there are so many crevices and places for uneaten pellets to settle unseen and spoil your water quality. It’s also a difficult task in such a tall tank to locate and remove detritus from amongst the rock work and dense plant groups.

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