Oh no, now I'm a little worried about the food. I've so far been feeding them blackworm sticks and brine shrimp sticks from kensfish.com and I have a large supply of Fluval Bug Bites that I intend to incorporate into their diet. Both work well with South American cichlids (including omnivores like discus), and I've been using them to replace NLS for years with the SA cichlids. I don't have on hand very much else vegetable based except Repashy Soilent Green gel food, which I can mix with Repashy Bottom Scratcher/Spawn & Grow to make it an omnivore diet, but it's a little troublesome to make and doesn't keep very long in the fridge. Would I be able to feed them the pellets as a staple and supplement weekly with the Repashy gel food?Sounds like things are coming along nicely!
Featherfins and sand sifters are foraging omnivores, and feeding them appropriately is very important. Although they are not strict herbivores like Tropheus, their digestive tracts are similarly long and thin, making them susceptible to intestinal overloading. You do not want to feed these fishes a high protein diet, and you do not want these fishes to gorge themselves. Small feedings of vegetable-based foods are very important. They don't need a lot of variety; as with all things Tanganyikan, consistency is the key.
On the Julies, I'd get them all at once, and not worry about the gender ratio.
It will be fun to watch this tank come into its own as the Resha settle in and color up. That may take some time, but once nest builiding begins, you are in for a treat.
Do you mix the formulas 50-50? The Fluval Bug Bites is probably similar to the cichlid formula, so if it's ok to mix with the veggie formula then I can just continue using it as a mix rather than having to sell itNorthfin cichlid formula is perfectly fine for Foai/Furcifer. I feed them both cichlid and veggie formula 2mm pellets.
If you want to add more protein to their diet occasionally, I would feed frozen mysis shrimp.
I only do this if I am trying to encourage spawning in my adults.
I have it mixed equally with NLS Thera + A (1/3 ea)Do you mix the formulas 50-50? The Fluval Bug Bites is probably similar to the cichlid formula, so if it's ok to mix with the veggie formula then I can just continue using it as a mix rather than having to sell it
I tried keeping them together in 6’ 210g tank.
As @noddy already mentioned, the Benthochromis are far too timid to thrive with tankmates as boisterous as Cyathopharynx, and they will ultimately succumb to chronic stress. It's a combination that just doesn't work long-term.