Some of you may know I've been raising and breeding fish for going on thirty years and I have some questions about why some of the things I do work like they do.
Hoping to get the attention of Biosci or some of you ranchers out there.
One of the things I'm noted for locally is showing up at the Local fish Store, or LFS on fishkeeping websites, with really beautfully colored goldfish. And aside from the all important keeping their water clean, the reason they look so nice is the food I feed them. Just regular ol' goldfish get really good color after a a few weeks under my care, much less the fancy guys.
and I'm willing to tell you guys what I do if you can tell me why it works so well.
While I won't say I never feed the goldfish "fishfood" the bulk of their diet comes from canned peas. As soon as their little mouths get big enough to take them in entirely that's what makes the bulk of their vegetable diet. Mashing peas to accomadate smaller mouths causes water quality issues so I don't. As for animal protien the local carnicera sells shelled baby clams for a dollar fifty a can. That's cheaper than the peas. They get a tablespoon of those a day too.
A spoonful in a small net, rinsed under the tap and hucked on in is how I prep the peas and the clams. Gotta rinse the packing fluids off. Liquid bacteria food in a fishtank equals bad in most cases.
The remander of the can of either clams or peas is rinsed and layed flat in a ziplock bag in the freezer in a single layer if possible. Then future feedings I just break off a meal sized piece. Don't even have to thaw it, the fish never care.
Now I tried canned corn as a variation and the goldfish grew faster, but their colors only rated as "good" not exceptional. On the pea diet they grew a little slower than the corn fed goldfish but their colors had a breathtaking "depth" to them lacking on the cornfed ones.
Can somebody tell me why this should be?
(And frozen, a single can of peas lasts a month or more. Same with the clams.)