In this aquarium fish feeding guide we will touch upon what foods your fish will benefit from and their uses in the hobby. As always, fish, just like all living creatures will benefit from a well rounded diet.
TYPES OF FOODS
- Live food
- Freeze dried food
- Frozen food
- Pellet food
- Flake food
Feeding live aquarium fish food can have its drawbacks with fish becoming fussy and can also be a vessel for parasites to enter the aquarium. In the industry it can also be a heated topic whether its really required. The benefits of feeding live foods though are definitely apparent. Firstly, as a spawning trigger live food can be a very valuable tool to use. Secondly, feeding live food can be great for inciting a feeding response from fussy eaters. Types of live foods include Blackworms, Bloodworms, Earthworms, Brine Shrimp, Insects, Feeder Shrimp/Crayfish and Live Feeder Fish.
FREEZE DRIED FOOD
Freeze dried food has the advantage of being very clean and free of parasites. Being devoid of moisture also means it can be a great vessel for soaking up medications to feed to the fish, thus, making the medications more effective. Examples of freeze dried foods are Freeze Dried Blackworms, Bloodworms, Tubifex Worms and Insects.
Frozen aquarium fish food comes in many types and varieties. Daphnia, Copepods and Baby Brine Shrimp for fish fry and nano sized fish. Mosquito Larvae, Brine shrimp, bloodworms, Mysis Shrimp for small to medium fish as well as larger Shrimp, Fish and Molluscs for larger fish. There is most likely a frozen fish food to suit almost every feeding situation.
In our store we feed and recommend OCEAN NUTRITION frozen fish food
COMMERCIALLY FORMULATED FLAKE AND PELLETISED FOOD
By far the most popular food in the aquarium keeping industry are dry flakes and pellets. They can come in many formulations aimed at many differing diets required by individual species requirements. Vegetable Flakes and pellets for herbivorous fish, Omnivorous flakes and pellets for, you guessed it, omniorous fish. Lastly, Carnivorous flakes and pellets for carnivores.
The forms can also be quite variable. Micro pellets for the smallest of fish up to large pellets and sticks for tank buster fish.
Commercially aquarium fish foods are often made to include colour enhancers and vitamins to boost health and promote colours. Always check that the foods are made from quality ingredients.
In our store we feed and recommend OCEAN NUTRITION flakes and Pellets
For every aquarium it is imperative to understand that everything that goes into the aquarium stays in the aquarium, in some shape or form, until it removed by partial water changes. When feeding aquarium fish always only feed as much as the fish can eat within a couple minutes. Uneaten food is very detrimental to water quality in the aquarium. Also note that young growing fish may require more feeds per day than lager adult fish for them grow well and at an even growth rate.
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