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I was at one of my local grocery store today and picked up a bag of frozen cleaned smelt. cheap only 3.00$ for #.

I got home and fed them to my p's and they went crazy!!

Usuallly when I feed them they leave some scraps in the bottom that I have to fish out but with the smelt they even were checking the gravel to see they got it all !!

I would strongly suggest feeding this to your p's it is so easy!!
 

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Smelt is a good treat for your Ps. Its long been unmentioned in the threads, but one of the best varieties to feed.
 

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yeah and hollywood is having problems with the smelt he caught they have parasites on them so as long as i buy it from the market it sounds like I am fine.
 

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yeah my piranhas diet consists of 95% of smelt and they love the stuff and never let any go to waste. great stuff and liek he metnioned super super cheap at that.
 

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do you guys just toss in broken chunks of the frozen smelt.. or do you thaw it first.. and if you do thaw it.. when it is appropriate to feed it to the p's? thanks.. and this might be a stupid question.. haha.. sorry.. i'm a newbie to all this..
 

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Just let it thaw in a bowl of hot water until it's fully thawed.
It's no big deal when it's still a little frozen in the 'core' when you toss it in, though: it defrosts soon enough in the warm tank water.
 

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Those do look pretty similar to the ones I used to buy, only difference is that they were silvery colored.
The ones I bought weren't gutted or anything: just entire fish, straight from the sea into the freezer.
And I guess feeding the guts and heads as well is no problem, only extra nutrients...
 

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My Reds will only eat smelt if it sinks to the bottom. I bought a different brand once and for some reason it floated. They just let it float at the top and I have to remove it. I primarily feed Talapia filets to my fish.
 

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the spine and stuff on the kind I get made by Omstead is so small they usually eat it and once in a great while they will leave it somehow and its barely noticable.

the best stuff would be from Hikari, called silver sides, they leave the guts in and soak them in vitamins, I will be upgrading to these soon
 
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