Plankton - Ideal for Altum?

#1
I finally got my Altum to really enjoy eating Plankton. They eat pretty much anything, however my go-to is freeze-dried plankton. It seems pretty dense feed. I do occasionally feed brine shrimp flakes and live black worms. Does this sound like a good diet for them?

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#2
Never fed plankton, sounds interesting, what size are these FD-plankton?
When I read "plankton" I am basically thinking microscopic and very small organisms that are usually too small for any adult Pterophyllum... anemone and coral food, to put it some way. I know we can include larger organisms, some crustacea, such as mysis and krill... but I have never purchased commercial frozen or FD plankton.
This said, I am sure it is highly nutritious.
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#3
I hope Mike and Pat tune into this one, and Dennis and JJ, have also achieved really superior growth rates. I am sure I am missing a few of our members that have raised "whale altum" in just a couple of years time, but these are the ones I remember off of the top of my head. Pat is doing such a nice job with her present young batch that u had to include her.

Ed
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E.R.

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#4
puertoayacucho wrote:Never fed plankton, sounds interesting, what size are these FD-plankton?
When I read "plankton" I am basically thinking microscopic and very small organisms that are usually too small for any adult Pterophyllum... anemone and coral food, to put it some way. I know we can include larger organisms, some crustacea, such as mysis and krill... but I have never purchased commercial frozen or FD plankton.
This said, I am sure it is highly nutritious.
Hey Ed,

It's nice to hear from you. The plankton are sizable. One Altum is regrowing it's dorsal fin. The growth is astounding, usually growth of the fin exceeds the ability for the fish to begin showing color in regrown area.

Attached is an image of the FD Plankton, which may just be a trade name for adolescent krill.
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#5
I agree with you. Plankton is much more complex than just the smaller species of crustacea. Your appreciation could be right, as well as mysis and some other similar invertebrate forms.

And do they eat the FD plankton readily? Do you soak them?
God listens. He may not always give you everything you want, when you want it; but he always gives you what you really need, when you need it most!
E.R.

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#8
Here you go Ed http://www.yourfishstuff.com/freeze-dried" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;. Second row, second in from the left. It says it is Krill Pacifica. I have tried frozen krill but the altum did not seem interested.

Eric, you say you are setting fin regrow of the fin extension. I may try this too. I would love for my two stubby ones to regrow their the top most part of the fin.

Pat
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19ghost79 wrote:I've never had altum that were crazy about krill. Freeze dried or frozen. Maybe I should try with my oldest batch of F1. They'll eat anything. Eric what's the protein content?
Ingredients

Euphausia pacifica
Analysis

68% Protein
8% Fat
13% Fiber
8% Moisture
Size

2mmW x 15-18mmL
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19ghost79 wrote:I've never had altum that were crazy about krill. Freeze dried or frozen. Maybe I should try with my oldest batch of F1. They'll eat anything. Eric what's the protein content?
Here're Nutrition Facts

Crude Protein: 68%
Crude Fat: 6.0%
Crude Fiber: 2.0%
Moisture: 6.0%
Crude Ash: 16.0%
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