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Old 01-21-2018, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default Live food for marine fish.......scuds?

Hey all,
I have a fish that will be arriving hopefully within the next six months that needs to be fed live food. To begin with.
Iím not crazy about the idea of feeding it live fish, so Iím wondering about what other options and the potential risk, benefit is.
Ideally I would love something I could breed, so I donít loose a food source. Was thinking about scuds and wondering how big some scuds get to.
I know nothing about scuds, so help me out. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated. Can scuds live in saltwater?
I know someone who kept this fish and fed it reject baby clown fish.
I know people who feed their frog fish small chromis. Or mollies.
Would like to avoid the fish eating fish thing, but maybe thatís my only option.
Ideal food size would be about 8mm to 12mm I think.
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Black worms.... they don't live in salt water but stimulate feeding and u can gut load them with food ...
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You're mostly mentioning fish but then mention a size of 8-12mm, other than reject clownfish which might actually be your best bet, I'm not sure of any other fish in this size range you can get.

Are the fish you are getting fish eaters in the wild or do they eat other things?

Live mysid are really hard to culture, and harder to get in Canada but there are still places in the US they can be ordered from. From what I understand Reed Mariculture no longer ships them to Canada (they don't actually come from them but rather a lab that uses them for some sort of testing), but there are still other sources. On the smaller end of your food size, and difficult to culture yourself but a very good source of nutrition.
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I know Iím being cryptic as I really donít want to post what fish it is, sorry. Itís a bit of a story.
Thanks for the comments so far.
I donít think black worms are going to do it. This fish eats small fish in the wild, so the worms might just swim by him and do nothing to interest him. Think grouper style fish with a big mouth.
Mysis might be a good idea and I can access Reed Mariculture, but the mysis from them are 1.00 each USD before shipping which puts them in the expensive side of a food source.
Wild caught mysis are much cheaper but potentially disease carriers. Not a good idea, I donít think.
Captive raised small mollies might be the way to go. Cheap, will acclimate to salt water, potentially disease free.
Still hoping someone can tell me if scuds can be done in salt or brackish water and how big they get. I know nothing about them.
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Curious curious... is it cartilaginous


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I have lots of scuds, they live for a few minutes in saltwater or a bit longer in brackish
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No.....Iím not that crazy.
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I have lots of scuds, they live for a few minutes in saltwater or a bit longer in brackish
How big do scuds get, Carl?
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What's a "scud"? My apology as I'm not a fish guy ...
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