Fish Food: How to Properly Feed Your Underwater Pet | petMD

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You should feed your fish... Okay, this is where I can get in a lot of trouble because fish really do need to feed all day long. So, they would benefit from feeding two, three, or even four times a day - but very small feedings. Most people's schedule doesn't warrant that type of feeding. So, fish are usually okay with just being fed once a day. That's what most fish stores and most fish professionals would recommend simply because people tend to overfeed as well.

You could feed your fish one time a day. Feed them as much as they can eat in five minutes. What that means is you put a little bit of food in the tank. You could shut off the filter so the filter doesn't remove the fish food. And then if the fish eat all the food you could feed a little bit more. You do that up to five minutes and then stop.

I prefer to feed the fish again two to three times a day. It's just better on the fish's system. It's not as taxing on their gut. You don't just load them up with food for five minutes. Just give them one small pinch of food in the morning, once in the afternoon, and that's the best way for the tank and the best way for the fish.

But you can't overfeed. If you feed and you see leftover food, and you do that three times a day, you're going to really foul your water quickly. So don't overfeed.

And mix up the diet. It's very important to replicate the diet that the fish would eat in the wild. There are different types of fish out there. There are herbivorous fish. There are omnivorous fish. There are fish that just eat shrimp. There are fish that just eat algae - those are the herbivorous fish.

So you want to replicate because those fish need the vitamins associated with the types of food that they eat in the wild. When you buy the fish ask the people what types of food these fish need to eat. Typically you'd just do a well balanced diet.

Very rarely do you have a situation where the fish would be hurt from eating the wrong types of foods. One situation would be with African cichlids that only eat algae. If they eat too much protein they get bloated and they can actually die from it. It causes a lot of bacteria in their gut because they can't break down the foods.

For the most part, most tropical fish, even salt water fish, would benefit just from a wide variety of food. You can't go wrong with that.

Jun 18, 2012 - Properly feeding your fish helps them to stay healthy and is helpful in maintaining your aquarium. It is important to know the types of foods your fish need and how much food they need, which differs from species to species. In most cases, fish only need to be fed once a day, and you only need to feed a small amount.

I am thinking about getting a ten gallon (ca. 38 litres) aquarium so that I can add some Neon Tetras to my tank environment that already includes one Betta fish and nothing more. However, I noticed that the Neon Tetras and the Betta fish eat similar things. I don't want to waste money on an aquarium to hold more fish if it will be too much trouble to restrain my other Betta while the Tetras are eating! Is there a simple solution to feeding tank mates separately?

It depends on the type, size, and breed of your fish

Jan 11, 2017 - That alone will prevent many of the common aquarium problems How often should I feed the fish? How much should I feed my fish? These are common questions from novice fish hobbyists. Feeding fish can be fun, and it is an important part for keeping an aquarium. Many people think it is easy and there is nothing to it they need to learn. It is a false assumption. One of the top reasons for many fish dying in aquariums can be contributed to overfeeding. Overfeeding can cause serious problems including but not limited to polluting the water in the fish tank, stress the fish, or even directly kill the fish when their digestive systems couldn’t handle it.

Try sprinkling a small amount of food in the fish's tank and watch

The live foods sold by local pet stores include feeder guppies and goldfish (discussed below), live adult brine shrimp (also discussed below), and black worms ( Lumbriculus variegatus ). Black worms are an annelid worm, related to both the earthworm and the tubifex worm (Tubifex tubifex). The tubifex worm is another worm that can be considered along with them since they are essentially identical in their aquarium characteristics. Both worms are aquatic but are found in very high nutrient bottoms. They are most often found in open sewers and therefore have a correspondingly bad reputation as disease carriers. Commercially sold black worms are however byproducts of the trout hatching industry, and so they are unlikely to give you something nasty like cholera. Black worms and tubifex worms were mentioned in the June 1998 issue of The Calquarium, where Steve Ward took a rather dim view on their use. I however have a less pessimistic opinion on them. I have in the past fed black worms to my cichlids about once every month or so, and have never seen any bacterial diseases as a result. They are also a very good food for bottom grubbing fish like Corydoras catfish and elephant noses (Gnathonemus petersi). In fact, one is hard pressed to keep elephant noses alive at all without a sand bottom and a steady supply of black worms. Cautions are in order however as black worms are very high in protein and fat, and so they cause problems if fed too often. The worms must be stored in the refrigerator with daily changes of cold water.

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