Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing : Comb-Over Minnow

Regular fish food flakes always worked for me when keeping minnows long term.
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White clouds will eat just about anything that falls into the tank. They will eat flakes to live brine shrimp. Since they are smaller fish, make sure that the food you feed them is not too large to fit in their mouth. Keep in mind that they have up-turned mouths so it is best to feed them floating foods. Although they will chase food towards the bottom of the tank if they see it moving.
Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing : Cheech's Low Fat Minnow
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No matter how long you are keeping your minnows for, you must remember that the most common cause of death for the fish is actually overeating. This means that at all times you should be feeding them the right amount of food every single day. Whenever you feed the minnows, you need to ensure that the pieces are relatively small. You can start off by feeding them a small amount of food. Then, after around five minutes, all the food should have disappeared from the top of the tank and there should not be any of the food resting at the bottom of the tank. If after five minutes, however, there is food at the bottom of the tank then you need to reduce the amount that you are giving your fish. Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing : Belly Scratcher Minnow
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Wardley is the least expensive of the recommended brands and is also available in bulk, but the Wardley brand name lacks the range of "specialty flakes" that Aquarian and Tetra offer. As far as these specialty flakes go, the only one I have any use for are the "green" flakes that are high in vegetable matter. Most of these vegetable flakes contain Spirulina, which is a photosynthetic cyanobacterium (so Spirulina is not an alga as is generally assumed). Spirulina is quite high in protein and a great source of many amino acids that are otherwise difficult to acquire. Health food stores are full of the stuff. Spirulina flakes are just what you need for mollies and a host of other vegetarian fishes. Aquarian and Tetra also offer Spirulina enriched wafers that sink, which are very good for algae-eating bottom feeders like plecos.Then there are the bottom feeders, like loaches and catfishes. What about them? If you feed according to the recommended five-minute rule, your bottom feeders won't get much to eat. Starvation is consequently one major cause of failure with catfishes, and over feeding in attempt to "make sure the catfish gets some" is another. In practice, however, things are not that bad and catfish can generally find enough to eat (remember fish need very little food). If you have a lot of catfish however, you should take advantage of the fact that most bottom dwellers are nocturnal and supply some sinking wafers when the lights go out. Make sure that this food is gone by morning. By feeding extra at night you are however walking a fine line between adequately feeding your fish and over feeding your fish. So be careful.The rule of thumb to feed all the fish can eat in five minutes twice a day is a good one, provided that all of the fish are actually getting some of the food. This isn't a problem with schooling fish, but a territorial fish like a cichlid can monopolize a food supply. Most aquarists therefore end up feeding a cichlid aquarium more than the recommended amount, and so they must deal with the high nitrate levels, algae growth, and unwanted breeding that comes with overfed fish. This is just part of the deal when you raise cichlids. But schooling fish can be fed quite sparingly because they will feed as a school rather than competitively. The concentration of their wastes can therefore be kept to a minimum, thus giving you a healthy, easily maintained, and more enjoyable tank.Finding the right food for minnows can be easy. A local pet store would have the blood worms and goldfish flakes, while a household kitchen will have the crumbs, plants and vegetables that are needed to make a quality diet for your minnow. Another option for finding food would be online at specialty retailers. These items are not hard to find and make caring for and feeding a minnow much easier.