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NLS sinking formula, anyone use it??

Post by nyleveiam on Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:50 pm

I ordered some New Life spectrum Thera+A fish food today.  I mostly use flake but haven't been all that thrilled with it nor do I think my fish are thrilled, either.
I read great stuff about the NLS line, I use their betta formula and LOVE it, plus my other guys in the community tanks love it as well when they can steal it from the bettas.  And, with the first ingredients being REAL food and not left over shafts from wheat processing, etc, I was even happier.
Most of my fish are middle feeders and this stuff is advertised as slow sinking.  I got the 1mm and the 2mm sizes.  It came today and I fed everyone about an hour ago.  I was pretty unhappy... it sunk REALLY fast and my guys are used to floating food, or at least food that sinks very, very slowly.   Plus, it has a REALLY strong garlic smell, which, if you have lots of dogs around, reminds you of the smell of stale dog urine...UGH!!
BUT, now as I look around, the fishes seem quite happy!  First the Endlers headed to the bottom and started feeding like crazy...whew, those were the ones I was most worried about as they always seem to feed only from the top.  The betta girls are also still scrounging at the bottom of the tank.  They were another fish I understood would NOT feed off the bottom.  Even the Betta boys in the community tanks went down for their dinner.
I have rarely seen my cory cats so happy...finally they got food without having to wait for the others to get the best parts!!
The rainbows and the angels are not too happy... they do not feed off the bottom apparently, and are convinced I didn't feed them.  Hopefully they will learn, but I will certainly give them some flakes for a few days until they get the message if they do!
Hopefully they will because the price was right to get the 500 gram size jars and I got two of them!
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Post by Biulu on Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:32 pm

I got a can of NLS flake a bit over a year ago; I understand it is a British product that was being introduced into North America at that time.

People were raving about it, but I nor my fish at that time seemed to notice much difference with other brands of flake food that I have used.

I haven't tried anything else from them though. It could be that there is simply very little difference between the different renowned flake brands....

I do know though that it didn't smell as strongly as what you describe!
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Post by l_l_l on Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:04 am

I use NLS THERA+A food as well but this one is specially designed for more garlic in it to help with diseases.
It can float for a while and then sink.

I use a lot of products from them, I have the thera+a, the NLS micro fish community formula and the betta formula as well, all in pellets.
NLS is regarded as one of the best brands of fish food out there, you made a good choice.

My endlers really enjoy eating the micro fish formula as it is small enough for them to eat.

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Post by nyleveiam on Tue Sep 23, 2014 12:33 pm

I probably should have gotten the .5 mm size. I thought the 1mm size was good but hey, we are still in the decimal system and I was thinking much smaller!!
Maybe if the special is still on I will get another in that size.
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Post by sailor on Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:39 am

I use the 1 and 2mm for most of my fish, mostly african cichlids. But when we did have a tank with smaller fish I put the 2mm in a brand new pepper mill and just used that to season oops feed the fish lol.
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Post by nyleveiam on Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:53 am

PERFECT!!! And, I even have an extra pepper mill I've never used!!!
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Post by alexmtl on Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:03 am

@sailor wrote:I use the 1 and 2mm for most of my fish, mostly african cichlids. But when we did have a tank with smaller fish I put the 2mm in a brand new pepper mill and just used that to season oops feed the fish lol.

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Post by Mykuhl on Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:37 pm

I have used NLS with different fish with good sucess, it definitely is one of the best pellet food on the market. Although the absolute best pellet food out right now is a brand called Northfin.

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Post by nyleveiam on Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:40 pm

I have also heard great stuff about Northfin.
My fish ALL ate with great gusto again tonight so I guess the NLS is a hit with them!
AND, tonight I found my first ever bubble nest in with one of the Betta boys, the one in with the rainbows. He must like the new food as well!
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