Personally I tend to thaw whatever the food is (usually bllod worms or mosquito larve) in a small cup of tank water and then use a turkey baster to spot feed the fish. Using the baster I also like to "inject" a little bit of the food into the gravel....the clowns seem to love this!
Also, what are the frozen foods that you feed?
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Also have used their frozen Brine Shrimp. I find Loaches definitely like the Bloodworm best.
I also make my own to the following recipe which I supplied to the Loach Almanac http://www.loaches.com/almanac/index.html
Originally, I found it in an old TFH Magazine article on Congo Tetras.
Try the following for the more discerning palette: (Note that all measures are approximate and you can add other ingredients as you wish) I sometimes crush up some Cichlid pellets and mix in the resulting powder.
1 cup (measured before chopping) of finely chopped, cooked and peeled prawns.
2 individual blocks of frozen cod, thawed and chopped finely)
½ cup of cooked or defrosted spinach (chopped finely)
1 can of V8 juice
½ banana mashed
1 sachet of gelatine (to set mixture)
METHOD: Combine all ingredients except gelatine, and mix thoroughly. You can put the stuff in a blender to get a more homogenous mess (sorry, mix) if you want. When mixed, dissolve the gelatine in boiling water (enough to give a thick, but flowable mixture when combined into the mix, use your judgement). If the mix is very cold, pop it into a microwave for a short time to warm, then add the gelatine and combine. Spoon portions into plastic, ziplock bags or freezer bags about 10" square. You should aim for an amount that squeezed out flat is approx. 1/8" to 1/4" thick. Lay the filled (and sealed!) bag on a flat surface to cool. When cold, pop the bag flat into a freezer to set solid. When you want to feed the fish, break off a lump and drop in the tank. Loaches go loopy for it. Everything eats it, everything grows, and everything gets good, wholesome food without the risks of feeding live food.
I take out the amount for each day, put them in the plastic containers, and put in a small piece of paper towel and place them in the refrigerator. By feeding time the next day, they are all thawed and the liquid is absorbed in the paper towel. Like Martin, I only use Hikari brand bloodworms and mysis shrimp. The brine shrimp I use is either Hikari or San Fran. Bay. I use the individual cubes, though, instead of the flats.
I use a length of rigid plastic tubing to distribute the food to the lower levels of the tank and even have a few loaches that feed out of the end of the tube.
The Botia tank also gets an algae wafer and a slice of cucumber every night, and some of the other tanks sometimes get a bit of sinking food now and then.
In the mornings I feed flake and sinking tabs.
Barbels are highly sophisticated sensory organs that can be used in a variety of ways by the loach. I know that we've discussed the possibility of damaging not only the barbels, but the guts of some loaches with food that is served colder than it needs to be.
For that reason, I'm going to continue thawing my cubes. I'd just prefer to see a loach carry away a parcel of food that was as similar to those found in the rivers of SE Asia as it could be.
You'll find a system that works for you, but new loach keepers should avoid short cuts, IMO.
East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
Will the tap water hurt them ? about 1 inche in a gless.
It may take one or two minutes longer - literally - to melt the food, but try it.
That said, you may want to hybridize with some of the other techniques. Once the food is drained, add some tank water to the shot glass and use a turkey baster - a clean and dedicated one!
Find a way to do it that delivers just enough food to the fish that is practical for your needs.
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