Micro Pellets VS Micro Wafers

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Fishie Mama

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I’ve been feeding my baby Electric Blue Jack Dempseys the Hikari Micro Wafers but I couldn’t get more so I got some of the Hikari Micro Pellets. They LOVE them but the pellets are a dark rusty red color. I noticed that my youngest looks a little pinkish. Was wondering if she just looks that way because the food is in her stomach? Could the food have stained the water a little?

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She just looks young to me but maybe less blue than before? But read the ingredients on the foods. Variety is the spice of both fish & people's lives. Mix it up with some other brand of pellets/wafers/flake & bloodworms etc. I like Omega 1 super color foods but I'm not sure that's the best to bring out the blues.
 

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She looks different depending on the light. The food has also turned the water in her tank a little. This morning her whole body is beginning to turn blue. She’s got a lot of growing to do but she’s VERY active so I’ve been giving her more small meals throughout the day. It can take me an hour to try to get a clear photo of her.
 

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I have bloodworms for my axolotls but my mom said they were bad for the electric blues. Is she wrong? I read the ingredients of the micro pellets and everything looked good except that it does have some artificial coloring. I looked up the Omega 1 food but they don’t have the micro size pellets.
 

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Oh, is this your "baby" girl? Your "other" bigger female looked very blue in your other thread pic. I "think" electric blue coloring is more genetic than some colors that may need dietary inhancements to look their best. If that's right, she just needs to grow to look her best. A nice variety of foods may help her grow into her full potential. Look for foods that the first 3 ingredients are fish, seafood, & algae or veg. Fish meal is ok too; but not wheat, corn, rice or soy type foods. Those last 1s are fillers, not anything they'd see in the wild. Blood worms & shrimp of appropiate size, etc. are treats for a couple times a week, not a sole diet.

Keep a variety of food & offer them on a rotating basis. You don't want to encourage fussy feeding. That can cause problems if suddenly you run out of a "favorite" & can't replace it soon. Fish should always be a little hungry & eat what is available. Young fish might get fed twice/day; adults should be good with 1 feeding. Adjust amounts as needed; more food = more poo = more water changes. To grow young fish faster you need to up your game on those & stick to it.
 

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Ok so the Male is Gus, small girl is Lolita, and the tiny girl is Eleanor. She’s the one that was looking a little pink but she’s also getting more blue each day.
 

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Yesterday morning Lolita’s head was bright blue but her body looked paler than usual but later she was fine. Maybe she was just hungry? I added some water conditioner to the big tank this morning. It says it helps with stress & healing.

Thanks for the info! I just found out that my mom got the male from a different place than the girls so he COULD be a hybrid. His head looks different from the rest of his body. I remember when he was little he didn’t have as much markings as the girls have.
 

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Oh, is this your "baby" girl? Your "other" bigger female looked very blue in your other thread pic. I "think" electric blue coloring is more genetic than some colors that may need dietary inhancements to look their best. If that's right, she just needs to grow to look her best. A nice variety of foods may help her grow into her full potential. Look for foods that the first 3 ingredients are fish, seafood, & algae or veg. Fish meal is ok too; but not wheat, corn, rice or soy type foods. Those last 1s are fillers, not anything they'd see in the wild. Blood worms & shrimp of appropiate size, etc. are treats for a couple times a week, not a sole diet.

Keep a variety of food & offer them on a rotating basis. You don't want to encourage fussy feeding. That can cause problems if suddenly you run out of a "favorite" & can't replace it soon. Fish should always be a little hungry & eat what is available. Young fish might get fed twice/day; adults should be good with 1 feeding. Adjust amounts as needed; more food = more poo = more water changes. To grow young fish faster you need to up your game on those & stick to it.
Yeah Eleanor gets frustrated every time a scoop out the poop though she will push it all into a tidy pile to make it easier for me. Instead of a big meal they really like getting snack size meals throughout the day. I set up a schedule on my phone. Can they eat freeze dried mealworms? We have a ton that we used for our ducks.
 
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