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  1. The idea that an animal has to have evolved eating a particular food in order to digest it is overly simplistic. When in the evolution of pigs, chickens or even dogs did they eat a large volume of ocean fish? Yet in all these species fish meal is used as a very important feed ingredient to boost protein intake, it's even fed to sheep because the amino acid profile is very good for making wool. None of these species suffer catastrophic health impacts from its inclusion. All animals, including fish have capacity to digest a wide diversity of feed ingredients because ultimately what makes up those ingredients I.e. amino acids, fatty acids and carbohydrates is broadly very similar regardless of what it looks like. Both protein and fat (the main components of beef heart) are very easy to digest and absorb, fibre is the only ingredient animal vary widely in their ability to digest. I mean, by that logic are you comfortable feeding the wheat flour that NLS contains to discus which are a largely carnivorous fish and heaven forbid would never have encountered a field of wheat in the wild. The idea that a 'natural diet' is inherently better is also poorly supported, look at the expected life expectancy of any wild vs domestic animal and you'll notice that by-in large the domestic animal lives far longer and a primary driver behind that is improved diets. The diet of wild animals is rarely ideal its driven purely by what they can find to eat and is not actually a balanced diet. I bet if you have dogs or cats, their diet doesn't well reflect what they would eat in the wild, yet a formulated dog pellet is a much healthier and wiser option but contains ingredients they would never ordinarily eat. I agree with you that a good quality pellet like NLS is probably the best staple diet around for fish but reject the premise that beef heart is a problem simply because its not 'natural' - the discus grow well on it because they can readily digest it. That's about the best evidence to support it there is, and yes you would never feed beef heart to a silver dollar but that just goes back to first principles nutrition.
  2. That's false and misleading logic from the other forum, the so called 'beef enzymes' have no role in the digestion of the lipids from the beef heart. That is the role of lipases within the fish gut and subsequent metabolism in the liver which occurs happily at the temp of the fish. Fatty liver would only result from overconsumption leading to lipid storage not from the food in general, beef heart is fed because its particularly lean anyway. Have you stopped to consider why sharks don't die of fatty liver when feeding on seals which are loaded with 'warm blooded fat' or snakes which are cold blooded feeding on warm blooded species like rats have no digestive problems. Whether or not you feed beefheart is entirely a personal decision without strong evidence either way but don't base your decision on the fact that fish can't digest it because that's just misleading. We can certainly digest fish, but not with that logic.
  3. Odds are you will lose all the guppies and tetras pretty quickly, discus shouldn't be eaten and are unlikley to be too stressed as the cod aren't overly active but if he's cheeky they could be bashed a bit. They can get a bit territorial too so if you had somewhere else to put it I probably wouldn't mix it with the discus.
  4. This is a great topic as it not only relates to fish, but the way we keep our livestock as well, a caged hen is inherently no more or less healthy than a free range hen. We feel good about it (free range), but the number of factors at play determining the health (not happiness) of the animals means its a gross oversimplification to say free range is outright better than barn/caged housing. The same being true for fish.
  5. Sump it from the start, saves an almost inevitable upgrade later...but yeah the fx6 is a rock solid filter. What are your long term stocking plans?
  6. Big fish = Big Tanks = Big Water Bills + Big Electricty Bills It's sad, they're still around but popularity has definitely declined, their aggression doesn't help efforts to breed them and puts a lot of new people off them I think. Awesome fish though. They're not popular amongst the backyard breeders either because one spawn tends to flood the market so the money isn't there for them.
  7. Guppies are all the same species, so they can all interbreed readily. Crossing pure strains will result in a mixture of offpsring that will throw a variety of colours, all the guppies you see in most pet shops are cross bred, mongrel guppies if you like. Cross breeding them will dramatically decrease the value of the offspring as they will no longer breed true.
  8. Got any bristlenose in there mate? Or just the pleco? There very unlikely to be pleco eggs...but look remarkably like bristlenose eggs that have been kicked out of the cave. Other than without a list of all the fish it would be pretty hard to say.
  9. Shouldn't need to mate, just feed them lightly for the first week so you don't put too much pressure on the filters while they recover from the move.
  10. Fast him for a few days before as well mate, that way he won't produce as much ammonia in your bucket.
  11. Acrylic doesn't typically crack like that. If you can confirm that it is an AquaOne 620T then it is definitely glass. It should have branding somewhere on the plastic.
  12. Check that its acrylic as well mate, that looks like a 620T and they're glass.
  13. Pair of Multifasciatus for sure...can't beat them for character and spunk. Single anubias in the middle with sandy floor and thick layers of shells...
  14. Which lagoons? And what rig did you catch them on?
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