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what are your favorite foods for topminnows and top water column fish?

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#1 cornandcrawlers

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Posted 19 September 2022 - 10:28 PM

I've recently obtained some Blackstripe Topminnows and I'm wondering if there's any tips y'all have for feeding top column swimmers. 

I've got them to eat live baby brine shrimp, but so far that's about it. For my other fish I thaw frozen blood worms and frozen baby brine shrimp but those both sink relatively fast and I don't think that topminnows will eat anything that sinks. 



#2 swampfish

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Posted 20 September 2022 - 05:49 PM

I keep primarily minnows and topminnows. They all get Tetramin flake food daily ground into mouth-sized pieces between my fingers at feeding. Some of the species, including black-spotted topminnows, additionally are fed newly-hatched brine shrimp. I find that feeding brine shrimp sparingly every other day avoids problems with hydra.


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#3 cornandcrawlers

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Posted 22 September 2022 - 11:29 PM

Thanks! It's been so long since I've had flake food but I bought some and sure enough they loved it. I do love feeding live baby brine but I've also had to scrape off hydra before, I never knew there was a correlation between the two. thank you

#4 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 24 September 2022 - 01:11 PM

I like Ken's flakes (you can buy online) particularly their earthworm flakes seem to be accepted by even wild caught fish eagerly.

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#5 gzeiger

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Posted 08 October 2022 - 03:52 PM

The cubes will float for a while if you don't pre-thaw them. As long as there are other fish in the tank to eat what sinks, just pop in whole cubes. 


But really kensfishfood.com has flake that's worth feeding, as Michael mentioned.

#6 Peixe11

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Posted 15 October 2022 - 09:07 AM

Color enhancing flakes by bug bites and different Hikari products. My funudulus rubifrons devour all of them with gusto. I used to keep fruit fly cultures and that was always a show at feeding time. Killifish love fruit flies.

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