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Default What size NLS pellets? 1mm? 3mm?

I've been using 1mm NLS pellets for the past 2 years with my troph's. I purchased them all from other Troph members as 1/2" fry and fed them NLS grow. I'm fine with continuing with the 1mm pellets, but was curious if I should always stay with 1mm as they become adults or do I move to a larger size? One member told me that anything other than 1mm can cause bloat....is this true?

I primarily feed NLS and Ken's Spiralina Flakes. Thanks for the feedback...running low on food and need to place another order!

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I feed my adults with the 3mm. Just don't over feed them. They will try to stuff more of those pellets in thier mouth than they can swallow!
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I don't believe that to be true. I feed NLS Thera A 2mm to mine without issue.
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The only issue I could see with feeding larger pellets is if you have a few hyper-aggressive males, it is easier for them to over eat when they are packing larger pellets into their mouths. I find that they have to work a bit harder for the 1mm pellets, and it gives all the fish in the tank a good chance to eat without certain individuals over-eating.

I personally feed my trophs the 1mm NLS and I intend to stick with it (for the reason mentioned above), but I have fed the 3mm pellets to (>4") mpimbwe trophs without issue. I think it's a matter of preference.

I have heard that large pellets are harder to break down/digest, which might be cause for concern regarding bloat, but to be honest I really don't think it's a huge issue with NLS, as long as your fish aren't struggling to get it into their mouths
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Thanks so much. This is helpful. All is going great so I won't mess with it for now.
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I don't think you would see any problems switching between the 1mm pellet to a 2mm or 3mm pellet (I would probably go with a gradual increase in size as opposed to going from the 1mm to 3mm). I think the main concern with changing tropheus diet is that it is a change in the actual food they are consuming that their body isn't used to. With NLS, the formulas (specifically the cichlid formula, med fish formula, and large fish formula (1, 2, and 3mm pellets, respectively) have nearly (if not totally) identical ingredients, so you are not really changing their diet, just the size of the food.

If I'm wrong about any of that, someone please correct me. It seems logical in my head, but who knows.
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Hello,


For Tropheus, best of 1 mm. Personally, I like the flakes to feed the Tropheus. I do not like the pellets for the Tropheus. His intestinal tract is very thin and long, besides delicately.



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