Where can I get food for mid water feeding fish?

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  1. Boeriemore

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    I have large and small fresh water fish who do not feed at the water's surface.
    Flakes float and end up going over the weir thereby contaminating the water.
    Tetra Prima "for mid-water and bottom feeding fish" is nonsense. Some sink, some float.
    I have large sinking pellets by Robalon Enterprises that do in fact sink but am unable to find something similar for my small fish. Ideally I would love to be able to get mid water food as they are all mid water fish. Has anyone a solution to this problem please?
     
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    Take a pinch of flakes between your fingers, keep your fingers pinched together and place them in the water until they are about 1 inch under the water, then slowly pull your fingers apart and you will find a lot of the flake food will then stay in the water column and not float on the top.
     
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    Use a feeding ring. Or can make yourself one. I used the top part ( ring) of a cookie bucket, those 5L buckets Pick a Pay sells. Food stays in there until it sinks.
     
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    This is interesting. All I have seen online are food feeders that are installed above the water. No idea how your device works. Could you possibly
    upload a picture?
     
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    Simplicity.
    OK, it is ugly, but it works. The rim part traps air and aid in keeping it floating. It extends max 10mm into the water. Its just the top part of the cookie bucket.

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    Oh and its kept in place by a zip tie behind the auto feeder clamp
     
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    Thank you very much. Actually I have just been viewing images of these rings and forum posts. They all talk about keeping the food from floating all over the place and getting the fish used to where to feed but nothing about floating food sinking after a while.
    I am now going to make one and see how it works.
     
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    I feed Ocean Nutrition pellets. Most falls into the water and sinks slowly. Some stays on top of the water surface and floats around. These floaters ended up in the overflow box and sump. Now they stay within the ring to be picked by the fish, or until they eventually sink.
     
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    I have just made one and placed small pellets in it. After an hour I checked and they were soft/soggy but still there and my fish do not approach the water surface. It looks like this method will not work for me. I would love to know what is the ingredient in the pellets that DO sink immediately to the bottom.
     
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    If you stir those wet floating pellets, do they eventually sink?
     
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    I'm afraid not.
     
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    OK, then you need to look into other food source.

    My brother got Malawi Cichlids, and he is using Ocean Nutrition Pellets. They do sink.
     
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    have you tried Hikari Marine S? I put a few pellets into a 5ml syringe draw up water then squirt 2 to 3 pellets into the tank and fish go after the pellets. It will drop slowly to the bottom of the tank. This method will also prevent you from over feeding.
     
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    It's for fresh water fish...
     
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    Yes, i haven't misread that part. On the back of the pack it says you can give them to fresh water fish aswell. I give them to my tropical fish and they love it. I will take a photo and upload as soon as im home.
     
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    You can buy a feeding station. I did and it works like a charm.
     
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    Some interesting responses. I must add that I checked the ring again after eight hours and there is no more food in the ring.
    I'm sure the pellets eventually dissolved and sank.
    The Pet shops in Durban have not been able to address my problem. They all seem to have a limited variety of food types.
    I also give them squashed peas and even some of them float across to the weir.
    I will check online shops for some of the food suggestions made here.
     
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    OK, everyday I learn something new. I did not know that.
     
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    @RiaanP You should also visit their website and read up on reader reviews. Apparently it has to do with the "vibrant colors" the fish get. Should be fed as snack and not the main food source.
     
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    Your earlier post states that some do NOT sink.
     
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