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I have a small tank with 5 carnivores (3 cardinals, Firefish and clown
goby) and one blenny. They all eat from the water column ( even the
blenny but he gets veggie wafers too). Once something hits bottom it is
up to my worms to clean up. Currently I feed freeze dried Mysis and
freeze dried Cyclop-eeze.
And for a treat I give them decapsulated brine shrimp eggs. Most of the
Crew seems to like Spectrum. But I am afraid it will sink too fast for
my fish. Any suggestions? Thanks, Sam
<Try the Spectrum and see... The pellets sink slower than most
frozen/defrosted foods, and have an amazing palatability... Really; even
with little conditioning most fish species "go crazy" when presented.
Pellet feeding - at what point do I stop the fast?
Recently I exchanged emails with you on my puffer health, which lead to
my re-read of the WWM article on Thiaminase (after a first read years
Prior to this, I had tried to mix in NLS pellets on occasion, trying
various tactics (soak with their food of choice, with garlic, short
duration fast, etc). I decided to take a more drastic path after reading
I have previously read the WWM articles on feeding, and decided to try a
composite path of what others have done. I am on day 12 of this
path...close to quitting frozen/freeze dried cold turkey except I have
had intermittent feedings of their prior staples (e.g. 1 daily meal
every 3rd or 4th day) . I have had mixed results...and while none who
are trained seem "thrilled" and vigorous at feeding as they did with
their old foods...I have a report by fish below. Do you suggest I stay
the course, or discontinue and try again after a few weeks (i.e., to
break up the fast)? Or suggest some other path?
<I'd keep mixing, alternating between the NLS and frozen/defrosted
Harlequin Tusk: Most readily eating pellets...and lots...interestingly,
from previous trials, I thought this fish would be the hardest to train.
Bluehead Wrasse, Red Coris Wrasse Engineer Goby: Also full move to
Volitans: Has inhaled pellets (mostly on accident), sometimes spitting
them out, now generally doesn't have any interest.
<Have seen Pteroines that would not eat pellets, others that would>
Puffer and Goatfish: Ditto to volitans, except has always spit out and
never ingested. Moved from 3 full meals daily to maybe 3 full meals in
12 days (i.e., have only eaten when I've fed their old foods.
<Not surprising. Bob Fenner>
Food (New Life Spectrum proves itself again!) – 02/13/13
Again I am in a sharing mood but I hope people can have the success I am
currently enjoying with some marine species.
I have always liked Majestic Angels, Blueface Angels, Regal Tangs and
small Boxfish (yellow) but I have limited success, essentially their
colours used to fade away and they used to die.
I now have one of each and their colours are great,
although the boxfish only gets really yellow at feeding time but the
Regal is as Blue as when he came out of the sea about seven months ago
and has doubled in size and is in excellent health. I put this down in
part to good water quality
but also food which I think is often under estimated in its importance.
<<I am much in agreement here>>
When we talk about feeding prawns they can very easily pollute the tank
with bits of them staying in the water, brine shrimp, and Mysis shrimp I
don't think are a full diet for these fish.
I have been feeding mine New Life Spectrum and Spectrumax 1mm sinking.
<<Ahh! I/we push this very palatable and nutritious food all the time! I
think ‘every’ aquarist should include it as a staple>>
The max seems to float for longer and just looking at the ingredients
which seem to be broken down in greater detail than most other foods
there are many different ingredients, more than many other pellet foods.
<<And properly prepared/manufactured to hold its nutritional value>>
Also as they are small pellets they are eaten whole and not partially
spat out like brine shrimp.
<<Larger fish will learn to love the 3mm pellets too>>
I have no affiliation or relationship with New Life only as a small
customer but think these are the best foods I have seen.
<<Yup…at least for those fishes that will accept them>>
I am not sure if Butterflies like Yellow Longnose, Copperbands would
adapt to eating pellets though,
<<Not so far in my experiences…unfortunately>>
but for Angels like Majestic mine looks like it has just come from the
<<Thank you for your observation/comments, Adam. Cheers, EricR>>
Marine Betta Experience, fdg., training live-food-only fishes
About 8 months ago, I purchased a Marine Betta, and found getting him to
eat anything but live foods to be quite a challenge.
<Often the case w/ Plesiopsids>
I did a lot of
research, including on your website on feeding them. I thought I would
share my experience because he is now trained on New Life Spectrum
pellets, because others would likely welcome the same information.
<Ahh, I thank you>
I started by feeding him enriched live shrimp, with the goal of weaning
him off as soon as possible. The first tip I would have is not
to spoil them.
I made this mistake early on when feeding him live foods too often. I
then decided to try frozen Mysis, which he would not touch. I fed this
to my fish about twice a week and covered it in a garlic supplement. He
would not touch it until I used the garlic additive. He then tried it a
few times, and spit it out. But after a week of that, he finally ate the
I then included frozen Mysis and the new life spectrum pellets. Again, I
tried the garlic supplement (I think it was called GVH fish food soak).
In about two more weeks, after alternating frozen Mysis and new life
spectrum, he finally started eating the pellets. I know where he hides
in the take, so I put the pellets in a stream of water where the pellets
would end up in front of him. Before long, he would come out when I fed
the other fish. He will only eat the large pellets, while the other fish
eat the smaller ones.
He is now fully trained on the pellets.
I will say, I have had lionfish in the past, and training him was
similar to them. He will also go on periodic hunger strikes, much like
Although he hides a lot, those periods where he comes out make having
him worth it.
Hope this helps someone,
<Indeed. Many others. Bob Fenner>
Humu Trigger And Others! Reef stkg.,
Good morning! Happy New Year! Greetings from Montana!
<And back at you from (today) sunny (though cool) San Diego,
Hope its warm where you are-it's --12 here right now and that does
not count wind-chill. Oh we also got 12' of snow overnight! Glad
fish are warm!
<Wish I was!>
I have a 110 gallon bowfront tank with the following inhabitants:
1-3-4' Humu Humu, 1- 2-3' Green File Fish (who has no taste for
2-Pajama Cardinals, 1-Tribal blenny, and 1-3-4' lawnmower blenny
and 3- common starfish and a sand star ( I know, he came in the
clean-up crew package and I do occasionally do see him when he climbs
the tank wall don't know really why they would include one of these
as these are really not suitable for a 110), a green BTA , Haitian
Anemone, a cleaner shrimp (who belongs exclusively to the Humu), 4
peppermint shrimp (who do like the glass anemones), 2-pistol shrimp and
various hermit crabs, snails etc. All they will eat with the exception
of the Lawnmower Man is CLAMS and occasionally they will eat frozen
whole shrimp...no two ways around it.
<Mmm, not a good strict diet. I'd train them onto Spectrum
This is fine as I buy them on the half shell frozen (all my pets are
spoiled...you should see my calves who are destined for the table
(can't beat Montana beef!). But I am concerned that the clam only
diet is not varied enough.
<You should be:
They all will grudgingly eat shrimp (fish foods are an absolute no, no
and I think they would starve if that is all I gave them) but the
frenzy for the clams is unreal. Are they getting enough nutrition with
<No; and too much of other nutrient groups>
The Humu I suspect is supplementing his diet with my small snails which
oh well! They are all getting along well and the Humu and File Fish
appear to be good friends and they play all the time together. Actually
everyone gets along well, although the Tribal Blenny does harass the
Humu occasionally but I think it is more of a game. I don't see any
Several questions here: Is the clam diet sufficient for all?
I realize the Tribal Blenny is supposed to eat algae, but he will only
eat algae IF there are no clams for him. 2- The Humu can be a bit
aggressive at feeding time and will at times guard all clams that are
put in the tank. Can I use a net and spirit him in there to eat so all
others can eat a bit more peacefully?
<Not a good plan long haul... Mix in a higher percentage of the
Spectrum brand... highly palatable and complete nutritionally>
The Humu will eat until he looks like he is going to explode (then he
goes to bed and takes a nap for about 45 minutes).
<Fishy food coma?>
Oh also, husband found a mated pair of clowns that he wants they are
about 3-4 years old. Would this be an advisable pair to put in?
<Might upset the social dynamic here... the size and shape of your
system is about "full up"... I'd have a back up plan just
in case the clowns don't hold their own... perhaps if they can be
isolated with the BTA... for a few days... they'll take to it, be
If he gets them he is NOT getting anything else till he gets a bigger
They are coming out of a tank where they lived with a lionfish and
several triggers (don't know what kind, but this was an aggressive
tank) Can they fit in?
<I give you middling odds. Using egg-crate, other screening... as
mentioned above, increases those odds in your favour>
Thanks for all your help/suggestions!
<Thank you for sharing! Bob Fenner>
Re: Humu Trigger And Others! 12/31/10
Thanks for the quick response. Should I use New Life Spectrum Thera-A
Large Fish Formula, Sinking Pellet Food, New Life Spectrum Large Fish
Formula, Sinking Pellet Food or Floating or can I use what I already
have New Life Spectrum Marine 1mm Sinking Pellets? Sinking or Floating
which is better?
<Whatever size will fit all your fishes, and some floating and some
sinking (mixed). No garlic necessary>
Should I soak in Garlic Guard? Can I soak the clams in Seachem Reef
Plus vitamin liquid and that would nullify the loss of thiamine?
Would it be OK
to feed the clams and shrimp say once a week?
<I would mix just some in at this interval>
We have been feeding every other day to try and keep phosphate and
nitrate at .01 and 0 respectively.
This also makes everyone hunt around the tank for any uneaten food.
Maybe good maybe not?
<Mmm, better to feed twice a day, small/er amounts>
I also feed the clams and shrimp to my BTA and Haitian Anemone and
starfish, should I be doing something different for them?
<Please see WWM re... these issues are archived/covered>
Uh-Oh! Husband is now tanking about a 250+ gallon tank!
Feeding / Nutrition, part. Spectrum foods
3/20/08 Crew (Bob), <Steven> I came across a thread
written by Pablo Teepot (sp?) <Tepoot> regarding New Life
Spectrum foods. Have you seen this and what are your thoughts
regarding his statements that no one can really know what
proportions of vitamins, etc. are really in foods and that mixing
foods can cause "vitamintosis in the fish"??? Here is
the article: """People who use Spectrum along with
many other foods might attribute their fish looking healthier
because of a varied diet. This is far from being the case. If
Spectrum is not incorporated into the diet, chances are the
hobbyist will notice the deterioration of both health and color
within 30 days. If you want your fish to look their best, the key
is to feed New Life Spectrum exclusively. Spectrum is the only
food that makes a very specific guarantee: Feed New Life Spectrum
exclusively for 10 days, and you will notice the enhancement in
color and vitality of your fish or we will refund your money. I
want to emphasize the word "notice" but it will take at
least 30 days to show the full benefit of feeding Spectrum
exclusively. Many people might wonder why exclusively? In order
for the fish to thrive all nutrients have to be met in the
correct proportions, such as: Calcium, Iodine, Phosphorus,
Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Manganese,
Selenium, Chorine, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Vitamin A, B6 & B12,
C, D2 & D3, E, K2 & K3, Pantothetic Acid, Niacin, Biotin,
Thiamin, Riboflavin, folic Acid, Myoinositol, Omega 3 & 6,
all amino Acids: Arginine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Lysine,
Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Trytophan, Valine. If one
uses vitamins in excess it can cause vitamintosis in the fish, if
too little is used it will cause poor health. When you feed your
fish with a variety of food, somehow you hope to give them a
balanced diet, but do you honestly know what is in your
"mix" of foods? In reality, it is guesswork at best. At
New Life we have painstakingly experimented for many years to
come up with the right proportions to produce healthy fish, and
the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We have conducted
experiments for over 10 years at New Life International. We have
managed to keep Parrotfish, Angelfish, Surgeonfish, Triggerfish,
Butterfly fish, and even some of the more difficult species such
as Rock Beauty, Regal Angel, and Moorish Idol just to name a few,
and all exclusively fed with NLS. We have yet to encounter
lateral line and/or fin erosion, or hole in the head syndrome. If
they will eat NLS, chances are they will thrive. We also
experimented with Malawi and Tanganyikan cichlids, as well as
numerous species of herbivore, omnivore, and carnivorous
freshwater tropical fish without encountering any dietary issues,
including bloat. Not even in the ultra-sensitive digestive track
of species such as Tropheus moorii and Labeotropheus! This is why
our guarantee extends only to exclusive feeding. We know what the
fish is getting in their diet with NLS, but we simply cannot
guarantee other company's food, in most cases we don't
even know exactly what is in it. Krill and whole herring are the
most easily digestible sources of protein, and they have the best
amino acid profile with the added bonus of omega 3 fatty acids.
It should be a no brainier to use these ingredients as the main
protein source, but good ingredients cost money, and result is
less profit for the manufacturer. Unfortunately like most things
in life, it all boils down to the bottom
line...$$$$$$.""" End quote. <I do disagree
with both stmt.s... There are well-established assays for
vitamins... and avitaminoses are not caused by mixing foods as
far as I'm aware. Nonetheless, Spectrum foods are obviously
of high value... Highly palatable and nutritious. BobF> Should
we be nervous about mixing / or varied diets, or is one food that
has it all OK to use? <This food appears to be completely
nutritious... ala such in the way of dog and cat foods of
excellent quality (e.g. Eukanuba, Science Diet et al.)> I
wouldn't want to eat the same thing over and over, but have
heard many raves about this food. Your input is greatly
appreciated. Maybe just a marketing ploy to scare folks into
thinking you only get all of the benefits if you use exclusively
(use more / buy more), but the thread did sound convincing. Best
regards, Steven <Do please see/read through my ppt pitch re:
http://wetwebmedia.com/foodsppt1.htm After long speculation, I am
a "believer". Cheers, Bob Fenner>
|Spectrum Foods comment 6/17/08 Bob, Can you check this
link http://www.wetwebmedia.com/nutrfaqs6.htm again. I have never
imply mixing food will cause vitamintosis. I have no idea where did
the poster and you get this idea? Please read it again-carefully,
The statement I made was " If one uses vitamins in excess it
can cause vitamintosis in the fish, if too little is used it will
cause poor health" It has nothing to do with the subject of
mixing food. Do you think I am that lame to make such blunder?
<Ah, no> Pablo <I do see where this fellow (Steven) states
such... I will interpolate your stmt. here re. Cheers,
Re: Some revisions on my article <Fish foods, Pablo
Tepoot... New Life Enterprises... Spectrum> 03/23/07
Good article, much to ponder there. You can tell he genuinely
cares about what he is doing, which I'm sure is not unrelated to
why he has such a great product. Do you know when/where this will
be published? -Chris <Pablo is passionate... about the trade,
his work... life en toto... He had told me where this would go first,
but can't recall... Pablo? BobF> Bob, The watered down version
will be published on Oct. issue of Aquarium fish magazine, only 1/3 of
the length, as you know average readers might have a very short
attention span. After it is published, it will be an honor to put it on
your site with the more complete version. Remember 2 years ago you
asked me to write an article about fish food? Well, this is the
article. Pablo <Yes I do... and I do thank you for allowing us to
post it after AFM. BobF>
Your Spectrum (Foods) DVD - 03/10/07
Pablo... very nice... Though... for the sake of contributing a bit to
possible improvement: 1) I would add the word "Fish Foods" to
the opening graphic... As "New Life Spectrum" by itself is
not clear enough IMO, doesn't hammer home what you're about,
trying to sell... 2) I would add a bit more (yes... artificial)
light/ing to your tank video... esp. your big home tank... as this will
not only show the fishes color better, but give people a much more
realistic view of what you have accomplished. I do really think the mix
of species, types of systems (brackish, koi, predator...) that you show
is outstanding... 3) and lastly, my usual pitch re the term
"fishes", versus fish for multiple species... Oh, actually
not lastly. I would like to propose that you and I produce a podcast of
your foods... to make available on WWM... Are you game? Bob F.
Feeding New Life Spectrum Foods...Solely? - 06/27/06 Hi Crew,
<<Hello Tom>> I started feeding Spectrum pellets almost a
year ago after reading about the product on WWM. <<Ah yes, an
excellent food indeed>> Had also been feeding Mysis a couple of
times a week along with Nori, for variety...sometimes other frozen
foods. <<As is usually recommended...>> Their label claims
best results are obtained when feeding Spectrum pellets exclusively, so
as an experiment I started doing just that about 3-4 months ago, a
pinch 2-3 times a day. <<Glad to see you feed small amounts
multiple times per day>> The livestock seems to be in excellent
health, basically fat, very active and colorful.
<<Excellent>> The fish are a purple tang, pacific blue
tang, flame angel, 2 Percs, yellow watchman goby, royal Gramma,
Twinspot/yellow hogfish, yellow Foxface. <<Lucky for you they all
take to the pellets>> Tank is a 2 year old 125G reef with around
150lbs live rock, mostly SPS, some LPS, cleaner shrimp, hermits,
serpent stars. Also feeding phyto 2-3 times a week for a
5" derasa and other inverts. Here's the
question: What is your opinion of long-term fish &
invert health when feeding only Spectrum marine pellets? <<I have
to admit Tom, I am skeptical that a single food source/formulation can
provide for long-term health for "every" marine species...at
least until "proven" otherwise (maybe you're on the way
to doing that!) I think the New Life Spectrum foods are an
excellent, high quality product and use them myself. I have
a friend who claims to have kept healthy breeding pairs of cichlids fed
solely on this product...and the seeming successes with Zanclus
cornutus fed these pellets speaks very highly. But even so,
I still provide other foods to my fishes...as well as
vitamin/HUFA/amino supplements>> It's a lot easier (almost
too easy) than frozen/meaty foods, but sure seems to be working well.
<<Agreed...but perhaps best used as a "primary" staple,
supplemented with the occasional and varied frozen
"treat">> Thanks, Tom
Spectrum Fish Food, Pablo Tepoot Hi Bob, I thought you might
be interest in the reviews & article on NLS. How are you doing
these days? Pablo http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/new_life_spectrum.php
<Thank you for sending these links along... your foods are very well
regarded... and for good reasons. Di and I are fine (in Quito now,
coming back from the Galapagos). Sorry JasonC and I missed you... we
drove down from Ft. Lauderdale past Xmas, but you were out... And Di
asks re your books... in SD... is Suk Kim ready for these yet? Bob
Spectrum Fish Food Forum Bob, Just to let you know. Pablo
<Ah, very good! Bob Fenner>
Looking for New Life >Hi guys, >>Hi, Marina tonight.
>Dr. Fenner >>Hee..! "Dr." is it? >had
answered an e-mail about food sources for angels. He highly
recommended I get SPECTRUM pellets from Pablo Tepoot's in Florida.
I am in Minneapolis I do not have a dealer within 500 miles. I need a
store or a contact to purchase this food before my banded angel checks
out. PLEASE HELP. Thanks and Keep up the great work.
>>Well, my friend, it took me all of two minutes of doing a
Google search to learn that the brand name is "New Life",
Spectrum food, and you're right, you DON'T have a dealer within
many, many miles. However, go to these links, or Google it
for online ordering and tell them "Get this to me POST
HASTE!" Marina http://www.nlpublish.com/ http://www.nlpublish.com/dealers/
Pablo Tepoot's Spectrum Food Hello all. 1st
time writing in, but a long time lurking and learning on the
site. I am just curious if the "Spectrum" food by
Pablo Tepoot that you constantly mention is the same as the New Life
"Spectrum" food that is on the market? <Yes. The same>
I am looking to get some for a juvenile Pomacanthus
imperator, but want to make sure it is the correct food that you rave
about. Thank you kindly. <Amazing stuff... Have been
friends with Pablo for years... and he IS a character... nonetheless
this/his food IS amazing in its apparent palatability, nutritional
value> Sincerely, Mehran J. Marashian Jr. P.S. If you
could respond directly to this e-mail, I'd greatly appreciate
it. Sometimes I have the darndest time navigating the site.
<Ah, we respond directly to all. If you have suggestions re
improving the navigation, layout of WWM, please send these on. Bob
Looking for Spectrum fish food in the UK Hi Bob, I
have tried all the aqua shops in Edinburgh and nobody sells the
pellets, could you please let me know where I can get them.
Thanks again Jim. <I'd try finding a distributor of "New
Life Enterprises" products in the UK... contact them directly and
ask who distributes their products there... or there are a few yank
ebusinesses that would likely ship... One: http://www.customaquatic.com/ Bob
New Life Spectrum Food Greetings Mr. Fenner and crew. I
wrote you about a week ago asking if New Life Spectrum was the same
food as Pablo Tepoot's Spectrum food that you rave about. This was
for the juvenile Pomacanthus Imperator. Well, she now has a 2 1/2"
Flame Hawk that shares her tank, and they get along great. What
characters! After 18 years in the freshwater hobby, this was my first
foray into Marine Aquatics. A MUCH simpler transition than I expected.
Sorry for the babble, but here is my question: I am looking at Spectrum
Thera-A formula (Anti-Parasitic) and Spectrum Marine Fish Formula. I am
hoping to quell any parasite outbreaks before they occur, as well as
prevent HLLE on the Imperator. <The anti-parasitic food will do
nothing for HLLE> Is one better than the other? Will they both
do what I am looking for, or should I get both types of food?
<Mehran, For better results I would suggest soaking some Sea Veggies
or similar dried algae product with Garlic Elixir, Selcon or VitaChem.
Use one or better yet, alternate between two or all three of them. This
will boost their immune system, improve color and often prevent or even
cure ich problems. I will suggest you email Johnny at Premium Aquatics
for questions on the Spectrum food. They are very knowledgeable in this
regard as they spare no expenses on their fishes diet.> Again,
your expert advice is always appreciated, and from a new marine
hobbyist, I offer a big THANK YOU for sharing your wealth of knowledge
with the masses. <You're most welcome. James (Salty