Cichlid diet preference

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WarTank

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My aulonocara seems to spit out the cichlid pellets fed to him..oth, gobble up the boiled rice, millet and also flaxseed that I put in. Is there anything wrong with him?
 

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I'm not sure since I haven't kept lake Africans (ok, 1 or 2), but don't they mostly need a plant based diet? I would look for a more balanced diet than what you're offering with rice, etc. Sometimes cichlid pellets are more for CA & SA cichlids & higher in protein, lower in plant material than Africans need. Not all cichlids are the same...Read the food label.
 
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dudley

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What brand cichlid pellets are you feeding? I don't recommend your current choice of foods as they don't provided the necessary nutrients.

How long have you had the Aulonocara cichlid? If a recent purchase locally, ask the store, vendor or person you bought it from what they were feeding it.

I use New Life Spectrum cichlid pellets in various sizes for all my cichlids and they eat they just fine.
 

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It's OK. Just a phase he's going through. Eating normally now. Thanks for all the advices
 
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bobr75100

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is your fish not active,,,he might be off his feed because of bacterial infection? also look for the white poop. not a good sign. good luck
 

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Aulonocara species require meat based diet. I don't think anyone else provided this information. Are the pellets meat based? Why would he eat rice? They also spit the food out to chew it back up a bit easier. It's not a problem as far as I can tell.
 
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