F E E D I N G   Y O U R   F I S H

The basic flake or pellet diet includes all the supplements your fish needs.  Never feed any type of people food! Stick with foods made for freshwater fish.

Different types of special fish foods should be offered at least twice a week instead of the basic diet.  Variety is important, these secondary foods can include frozen or freeze-dried brine shrimp, bloodworms, tubifex worms, or any other food made especially for your fish. Remember, feeding your fish the same food day after day can lead to malnutrition, shortened life span, and faded color.

It is best to feed your fish after the light has been on for at least one hour. Start by taking a very small portion of food (1-2 flakes or pellets per fish) and put it in the tank. Now observe your fish. Do they immediately eat the food while it is still on the surface? If so put in a little more. If food begins to fall to the bottom, stop.  Every tank will require a different amount of food. Experiment to find out what is right for your tank using the guideline above.  Since some fish may overeat only feed what they can eat in about two minutes.

Food should not fall to the bottom. The #1 cause of fish death is overfeeding. The most important thing to remember about feeding fish is that it is very easy to overfeed them and very hard to starve them.

In an established aquarium, we recommend feeding your fish twice a day. In a new aquarium only feed fish once every other day until the nitrogen cycle is complete.

Other Types of Food

Floating Pellets - Floating food stays at the top longer before it sinks which is great for goldfish and cichlids.

Shrimp Pellets - Sinks immediately. This is good for bottom feeders like Cory Cats, Loaches, and Frogs.

Various Worms - Many different dry worms are available. Tubifex and Bloodworms are the two most popular.

Brine Shrimp - A favorite of most fish. Great for growth, but be careful not to overfeed.

If your fish eats live food, only feed the live food every other day. Remember a feeder fish diet alone is not sufficient for fish to thrive.



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