Sticky food.

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Bruce Spiegelman, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. I picked up some Mastick for my Copperband. He will eat Mysis, but seems to wait till he finds them stuck on a rock or on the sand most of the time and I was just a little concerned that he might not get enough food that way especially as I'm adding a few more fish in the next week or so. Anyway I searched for a "paste" that I could rub on a rock and found Mastick. The CB went right for it and picked away at the rock for about two hours. (So did every Nassarius snail that could reach the rock. I'll place it off the sand next time.) Problem is that when I received the package I found out that it cost $15.00 for about a weeks worth of pasty food.

    Does anyone know of any reasonably priced sticky food?
  2. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Feed it pocky?

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  3. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    I’ve never even heard of sticky food.
  4. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    It's kinda a pain to work with. It's a powder you mix with ro water, and you mix it into a paste and smear it onto rocks or glass.

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  5. It works well, but prohibitively expensive. I thought there would be a cheaper solution because it's a great idea for finicky rock-pickers.
  6. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Have you tried clams on a half shell? Some threads report consistent success with that technique.

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  7. THat means I have to go into a grocery store. I haven't been in a grocery store for a year or so. I hate Safeway! Frankly, the CB is eating mysis -- I was just looking for a different alternative once I get more faster eating fish into the tank. As of now he's fine, but I don'want him to have to compete for food with wrasses.
  8. Good way to extend the food. Use frozen LRS instead of RODI water to reconstitute the powder.
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  9. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    You'd be amazed at how fast CB can be once they're eating. Mine competes for food in the water column versus a couple of tangs, anthias, and chromids. I wanted to supplement the diet even more and bought the 70g package of the Masstick awhile back.
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  10. dswong01

    dswong01 Supporting Member

    I try target feed my copperband with frozen mysis,brine or blood worms and he does compete agressive with the tangs in my tank.
  11. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Where do you get the bloodworms?

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  12. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    live or frozen bloodworms?
  13. Tmjvb

    Tmjvb Supporting Member

    My copperband loves masstick, especially when I mix it with bloodworms or LRS. I got some rock covered in feather dusters and she cleared all of them out in a few hours. Shes getting super fat haha.
  14. How big a chunk of LRS do you use when mixing?
  15. Tmjvb

    Tmjvb Supporting Member

    I usually start with a 1/4” chunk and add from there until it turns into gum.
  16. Thx
  17. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Where did you find feather dusters? I still need more for my cryptic tank.
  18. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    That's why instacart was invented, if you wanna try to go that route.
  19. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    That’s a good idea

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  20. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    Yeah, but aren’t you mixing the really expensive food with expensive food? Does it really make it cheaper?

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