Once your tank is occupied with a group of healthy fish, its time to feed your fish. The biggest mistake a new hobbyist can make is to over feed your fish. Over feeding can pollute and cloud the water of the aquarium. The cloudiness is a form of bacteria most of which is known as Infosoria. These little bacteria use the oxygen supply in the aquarium water meant for your fish! This error can weaken your fish, cause disease and even death. Do not over feed when feeding your fish!
One of the best motto’s to remember is: “A hungry fish is a healthy fish!”
It is best when feeding your fish, to do it in small amounts, not more than all your fish can completely eat and finish in about 5 minutes. Do not make the mistake of allowing several flakes to remain on the bottom, as a snack for later! Fish will rarely eat left over flake food on the bottom of the aquarium, and scavengers would have eaten it if they were still hungry. Until you get a feel for how much your fish will eat and finish, you may well over feed the aquarium. This is not a problem, if you take quick action. You must either net the excess food out of the aquarium, or siphon it completely off the bottom and out of the tank.
A new fish keeper is faced with a wide variety of foods, in the average tropical fish retail establishment. On an average, you will find 10 – 20 formulas and brands of flake foods, another dozen or so granular foods, a variety of pellet foods and a freezer full of frozen foods all marketed towards feeding your fish. It can be very confusing, but just remember all the fish we have recommended are Omnivorous. These fish eat food of both animal protean origins as well as plant and vegetable origin. In fact, the recommended fish are so easy to satisfy that as you become more experienced in the hobby, you will find you can add variety when feeding your fish, finely chopped raw shrimp and crab, cheese, beef hart, egg and even brown bread to name a few.
For now, ask your tropical fish professional to help you chose a good “staple” flake food. This food, has been balanced with plant and animal matter and fortified with vitamins necessary for the type of community aquarium fish you have chosen. Additionally, ask the professionals to help you select a good sinking pellet for your bottom feeders and scavengers. Finally get a packet of frozen brine shrimp as a once a week treat. The frozen brine shrimp are not an absolute necessity, however your fish deserve a treat once a week or so and you will be amazed at your fish’s behavior upon receiving this treat. This occasional frozen or live food when feeding your fish, serves to brighten most aquarium fish’s color and strengthen their immune system.
There is far more to be learned about foods and your fish’s health and nutrition, but for now, if you follow these simple guidelines, you should have a happy healthy aquarium:
2) Feed small portions of flake food across the front of the aquarium, at the same time every day
3) Do not feed more than your fish can completely finish in 5 minutes.
4) A hungry fish is a healthy fish and a healthy fish is always hungry!
6) Add sinking pellets for bottom feeders and scavengers several times a week.
7) Remove any excess food; this will only happen until you learn not to over feed when feeding your fish!
8) Remember that your fish, once they are familiar with their new aquarium and you their feeder, will beg for food 10 times a day. Do not give in; only feed once or twice a day.
9) Believe it or not, most fish can go 5 or 6 days without food being added to the aquarium, with no ill effects. In fact, many experts recommend skipping feeding your fish all together every tenth day.
10) Remember, the most important single thing about fish keeping is “Do not over feed when feeding your fish!”