Meg is becoming quite a picky eater. I originally started her on Omega One cichlid pellets plus super color. They are large size (which is only about 3.5mm), sinking variety. She likes them ok but they seem to be quite filling as she will only eat 3-5 at a time. Also I noticed as she eats them, there is a lot of fine particulate matter being expelled from her gills.
I’ve also given her Hikari Cichlid Gold mini pellets (which are the same size as the “large” Onega One pellets). They are the floating variety. She likes these better and can easily gobble up ten or more within seconds. They seem to have more of a gelatinous texture and there is much less dust expelled while chewing them. I have fed this brand to my cichlids for many years and has always been my favorite.
Meg was getting frozen brine shrimp, blood worms, and beef heart. She’s always eaten the frozen food enthusiastically. More recently I've phased out the brine shrimp and bloodworms, and I’ve been giving her frozen krill, which she enjoys, and live mealworms, which she seems to prefer above all else.
I also recently ordered a couple of products made by a company in Thailand. “Help...” is a pellet food, and “Power Pink” is a vitamin powder you’re supposed to mix with water and coat the food.
So I mixed it up like you’re supposed to and coated the “Help...” pellets and let them dry like I saw in a YouTube video. However upon feeding, Meg quickly figured out she doesn’t like the taste of the stuff and won’t eat it. I also tried coating little chunks of beef heart, but she spit those out and won’t touch those either. I was able to get her to eat some of the power pink substance by dipping some pieces of krill and live meal worms into the sticky mixture...
I’m hoping she will eat the “Help..” pellets by themselves. They have a high percentage of spirulina and I want to make sure she gets some in her diet. I previously tried buying some Spirulina 20 flakes by Zoo Med but she wouldn’t touch those.
Every day her colors appear more enhanced, she’s bigger and her kok is exploding through the roof. I removed both Bubbles and Splashy from the tank. Splash because of the mayhem, and Bubbles because I felt his presence was bothering Meg and not allowing her to fully blossom.