Aquarium fish vary in their dietary requirements. The majority of fish are either carnivores or omnivores with a few species being herbivores. Research the type of fish you want before buying it to determine its dietary requirements. Many commercial diets are available that tailor to specific groups of fish, as well as diets that are acceptable for a wide variety of fish (e.g. tropical fish flake food, cichlid pellets, spirulina flake food, algae discs). The following groups of fish benefit from receiving a high amount of vegetable matter in their diet: Live bearing fish (mollies, guppies, platties, etc.) Goldfish and koi Most sucker mouth catfish (plecostomas, otocinclus catfish, algae eaters, etc.) Besides commercially available spirulina flakes and algae discs, the following fresh vegetables are good supplements for herbivorous fish: raw peas, lettuce (avoid iceberg lettuce), zucchini, and green beans Small carnivorous/omnivorous fish can be fed frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, beef heart, or mysis shrimp. Larger carnivorous fish should be fed high protein commercial diets supplemented with high protein foods such as market shrimp, earthworms, clams/mussels, or frozen smelt/silversides. Feeding live “feeder fish” is NOT recommended as these feeder fish carry parasites and diseases that can be harmful to your pets.
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A fish is a great pet for a child. Caring for a fish can help a child to develop both responsibility and empathy. To ensure that your child has the best experience possible, it is very important to proceed carefully during the buying process. Start by researching the various types of fish available for purchase. Decide if you’d like to buy from a local pet store or an online dealer. If possible, select an individual fish that looks and acts healthy and vibrant.
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I bought 2 kribensis recently and was warned by the pet store clerk that they will get very aggressive if they breed - he told me my fish would be on the other side of the tank constantly! Having previously read that it is possible to breed kribensis in a community setup if its large enough (my tank is 55 gallons) I bought them anyway but I was impressed he actually bothered to warn me, most fish shops just let you buy whatever you ask for without any warnings whatsoever.
Jan 20, 2017 - Oh, little fishies