I'm interested in what other Panaque keepers feed their fish, on top of the obvious staple of WOOD.
I've been feeding my four L190 a mix of Hikari algae waters, NLS Mega Fish Formula and zucchini and they've been doing really well for the past 12 months. Now, two days after ordering another kilo of the Hikari wafers, I hear experiences of two others on another forum who have experienced bloating when feeding Hikari wafers to Panaque.
So what is everyone else feeding? Just wood and veges, or prepared foods too?
hi, I do not keep royals, but I have reads posts from those who do. Wood ,as you said if very important for them, and I have also read royal keepers feeding raw sweet potato and butternut/hubbard squash, things like that. I keep 2 blue phantoms who won't touch the harder raw veggies,but your guys should love them.
About the wafers, check the ingredients as some wafers are called "algae wafers" but contain protien such as fishmeal or dry shrimp. I do not know about royals capacity to handle protien or high amounts of it, but if there is fismeal or other protien and they are not 100% algae, plecs that need a veggie diet , their digestives systems can not handle the protien -and plecs will eat whatever is offerd , yes, it can cause problems. So read the ingredients, and make sure your type of plec can handle what is IN them, not just the name on the package. And try some raw harder veggies and mix it up the next day with a green veggie. Also, my guys love raw sweet red and green bell peppers , only thing left in the am is the skin, spinach, pumpkin when in season. So keep an eye on what is really in those wafers. check you royals needs for protien, and try the harder veggies. Good luck . Georgie
Interesting, the first ingredient on the Hikari wafers is "fish meal", compared to the ingredients on the JBL ones; Vegetable by-products (46.4%), vegetables (27.4%), cereals (7.5%), molluscs and crustaceans (6%), algae (5%), fish and fish by-products (3.5%).
I've got plenty of pumpkin at the moment, might have to try them on that.
Fugly do you feed the whole broccoli or just the stalks?
I give mine a variety of pellets and wafers. Here is a list, the first one being the one I give the most : - HBH Algea Grazers - Kensfish Premium Vegetable Stick - NLS Thera A 2mm - Wardley's Spirulina Discs - Hikari Algea Wafer (rarely)
I also give them fresh raw veggies (once a week normally): - Zucchini (their favorite) - Potato - Carrot - Cucumber (rarely) - Green pepper (rarely, but they love it) Normally the day before a water change, it always make a mess in the tank... I tried brocoli, but it made my water go white !
Here are some pictures taken a few minutes ago with them eating zucchini :
My Panaques go nuts on the Pumpkin, I have had no luck with the Broccoili at this stage. I have tryed Kiwifruit,Apple,Kumara and Potato with good results Staple foods are any leftover NLS cichlid,salmon feed and novo rift and JBL XL pleco tabs every second day
So I just did a little experiment, added a piece of pumpkin and a piece of courgette, switched the nightlight on and watches...
Two L128 were the first customers, one went straight for the courgette, the other forraged around a bit before eventually having a bit of a go at the pumpkin. L81 was also quick to come out, straight for the courgette. Then the L190 started coming out, courgette seemed to be their first choice, but one was going for the pumpkin when I turned the lights off and came back upstairs. None of the L14 appeared, in fact they've been very shy since moving to the big tank. I guess we'll see how much of the pumpkin gets eaten over night.
Still interested in hearing what others are feeding their Panaques. RobRensen? ElTofi? matthewfaulkner?
Always wood on hand of course, also lots of naturally growing algae in the tanks plus occasional spinach leaf, zucchini if the algae gets beat back. Mine also come out for Kens earthworm sticks, and Repashy Morning Wood