Aside from managing a tank’s water quality, proper fish feeding is one of the most important responsibilities of a fish owner. To keep your fish in optimal health, here are some valuable tips…
How Much Should You Feed Your Fish?
Fish are opportunistic feeders. This means they eat as much as they can whenever they have access to food. With that in mind, a good rule is to feed your fish what they can eat in two to three minutes, twice a day. Of course, the number and size of your fish is going to affect the amount you’ll need. Just be sure they eat all of the food in that time. If they leave food uneaten, feed them less next time.
So, what is the best type of food to feed your fish? Quality fish food offers a good balance of nutrients. Common ingredients include:
- Whole Fish/Fish Meal – If you have carnivorous fish in your tank, these ingredients are highly nutritious for them as they’re loaded with protein and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
- Wheat Germ Meal – Wheat germ contains bran, as well as germs of the wheat berry. It’s easy to digest and is a good source of plant protein, but it shouldn’t be the primary ingredient of your fish’s diet.
- Vitamins Look for sources of vitamin C, A, E, and B-complex, such as Biotin. Quality ingredients, such as Spirulina, Kelp, Spinach, and vegetable extract will provide many of these vitamins.
Types of Fish Food
There are several types of fish food available, including:
- Flakes – Flake food is very easy to use and is the staple of a nutritious diet for surface-feeding fish and most omnivores.
- Pellets – Pellets are also easy to use and store. Because they sink to the bottom, they’re great for bottom-feeding fish as well.
- Wafers or Crisps – Often containing algae and other ingredients, these are good for herbivores and can also be used as supplements or for variety.
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