Types of Flowerhorn Food for Fry Care

Choosing the right type of flowerhorn food for fry can significantly improve their survival rate.In this article, we shall be dealing with the different types of flowerhorn fry food and the conditions upon which they should be used.

When to Start Feeding Flowerhorn Food to Fry

Never feed the fry when their food sacs are still full. After hatching, it usually takes three to five days before these sacs are fully consumed. After that, the fry will start feeding. If their population is quite large, more than a thousand, make sure that you feed them as soon as they start looking around. The tank naturally holds living organisms for feeding, but if the population is too large it can be fully consumed instantly. If you chose to let the female flowerhorn care for the fry, introduce food before her skin runs out of slime.

Newly Hatched Brine Shrimps: Most Sanitary
The newly hatched brine shrimps are among the widely used throughout the world. They are perhaps the most sanitary as they are raised in a controlled environment. With the right care and some system, you can successfully use newly brine shrimps. Newly hatched brine shrimps are good for fry that are at their early stage. Choosing brine shrimps brands with proven high hatching rates is important as well.

Daphnia: Easily Digested and Cheap 

The Daphnia are my personal favorite when raising the fry of louhans. They are easy to digest and they practically cost nothing. The only drawback is that this invaluable food is not readily available. To address this problem, some breeders store them frozen for later use. When using daphnia, you should make sure that they are sanitized thoroughly; more if they are frozen. When not fully consumed after an hour, net out the dead daphnia to prevent water contamination.

It is advisable to conduct partial water change daily when using daphnia as overfeeding can easily occur.

Mosquito Larvae

The mosquito larvae are great for young louhans at least 3/4 inch already. They are not as easily digestible as the daphnia, but they are a better source of protein. When using mosquito larvae, be sure they are properly sanitized and stay away from the large ones as their shells have already hardened. Net out those that are uneaten especially when have become too large for the young fishes to consume.

Frozen Bloodworms

When your cichlids have reached around 1.25 inch already, frozen bloodworms can already be fed to them. They are easily digestible and their protein content is among the best. This type of food can easily pump up the growth rate of your fishes. When using this type of feed, ensure that they are fed instantly after thawing. You can also feed bloodworms at their frozen state. Watching your fry devour frozen bloodworms is quite a sight. Avoid overfeeding and net out those not eaten after 30 minutes.

Powdered Food

It is not every day that you can feed your fishes live feed. This is where the powdered feed comes in. This type of feed does not deteriorate easily and can be stored easily. In storing powdered feed, make sure your container is tightly sealed to prolong shelf life. Use a small spoon when scooping the powered to avoid overfeeding and to keep moisture and water out of the container. You can pulverize your chosen pellets or flakes using a electric blender to save time.

When your fishes have reached 1.5 to 2 inches, you have to start growing them out on separate flowerhorn tanks. At this point, you should also start considering other types of flowerhorn food for head growth and color enhancement.