What to feed feeder fish while they are small

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    I picked up 2 dozen larger size feeder fish from Pet co today, also some goldfish flakes. I plain on raising these to adults and see If they will reproduce. What would be the best type of food for this purpose? They thin flakes seem to thin out and vanish, is there a more stable or grainy food to fed these, most fish are about 2" long.
     
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    There is no "if" they will reproduce!....a lot!
    I think they're fine on fish flakes, some people don't even feed pond goldfish!

    Welcome to the group btw! :)
     
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    Switch to small pelleted food. Flakes are notorious for fouling the water.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Are these goldfish in a pond or aquarium? I assume in a pond and I would feed the small pellets to them. I bought 12 feeder fish about 15 years ago for my pond and never fed them a thing for years. They ate bugs etc. whatever they could catch and they survived fine and bred like rabbits! Now I broke down a few yrs ago and started feeding them once a day. I feed them my cats dry food and goldfish pellets for the smaller fish. Boy do they love that cat food!
     
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    Gold fish eat just about anything.. Though they do like small pellet koi food. They also like the floating stick food.
     
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    Ok. a local ebay seller has (live vinegar eel starter culture) suppose to be a renewable source of food. Not sure
    if this is what I need, I have 800 gallon pond so I need alot of food.
     
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    there should be plenty of food in the pond if it is well established unless you are trying to raise all of them. I just crushed up the pellets I feed the adults when I had babies and feed them very little. I'd stay away from the snake oil.

    Edit: re-read initial post. Get small goldfish pellets from online pet store or local store. Again, no need to search for something someone is selling claiming to have reinvented the wheel.
     
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    Just pick up a small pellet food from the pet store to supplement their scavenging. If the pond has been running for a bit, they'll find plenty to eat.
     
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    Pellets will mush in the water softer for small fish to graze on.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Don't over feed, you will foul your water and your fish could get in trouble. My pond is around 10000 gallons, I feed very little. I do have a lot of plants the fish graze on.
     
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