According to the following, it appears that feeding newly hatched brine
shrimp (thoroughly separated from the shells), daphnia and fruit fly
larva/pupae might be a good diet. I'd like to include adult brine shrimp
but they just aren't available here in the wilds of Montana. Worms don't
seem to be a part of their natural diet. I'd welcome any suggestions.
<< I have noticed this when I used to keep brook sticklebacks, they always
seemed to waste away. >>
> That's weird; I've had mysterious stickleback deaths but the bellies
> were always full, almost looking strained to the point of nearly
> bursting. I fed them a lot of live blackworms so I assumed that was
> the cause; 'cuz it's such a rich food. I now try to feed my stickleback
> live brine shrimp as well, to clean out his intestinal tract. Daphnia
> would work as good or better as a substute for brine shrimp in this
> regard I think.
> Baby snails would be another good fulfilling food in this regard.
> Chateau Stripmine writes:
> Since sticklebacks are now believed to be related to seahorses,
> is it also possible that they need more calcium than can be
> provided by brine shrimp or worms? Also, according to Becker,
> algae is also a large part of their stomach contents. I'm
> wondering if this might be an important missing part of their
> captive diet.