Feeding your Freshwater Tropical Aquarium Fish

Feeding your Freshwater Tropical Aquarium Fish

How to Feeding your Freshwater Tropical Aquarium Fish

Besides watching your fish swim from side to side in your aquarium… feeding your freshwater tropical aquarium fish is one of the most enjoyable parts of aquarium ownership.

What, When, and How much to feed your Fish…

Know your fishes Food requirements…
Earlier we mentioned that you should learn about your fishes requirements before you buy them. This is especially important when it comes to feeding. Some fish are bottom feeders, some are surface or mid-water feeders, some are herbivores while others are omnivores.

This doesn’t mean that all the fish in your tank have to be the same kind of feeders. The answer is feeding small amounts of multiple food types. Flake food for the surface and mid-water feeders, and sinking pellets for the bottom feeders. Frozen foods as a treat.

What to Feed…
You wouldn’t want to eat Macaroni and Cheese every day. Neither do your fish. To vary my fishes diet I feed several types of flake food using a different brand each day. In addition I feed my bottom feeders several types of sinking pellets, rotating the brand every day or two. One day I might feed an algae pellet the next a shrimp or a meaty type pellet. Twice a week I feed either frozen brine shrimp, blood worms, or mosquito larve.

The choices available in dried flake or pelleted foods is quite large. Over the years I’ve narrowed my selections down to TetraMin Flakes, OSI Flakes, Wardley Flakes, Hikari Sinking Wafers, Hikari Algae Wafers and Hikari Micro Pellets.

How much to Feed…
For the new aquarist it will take some time to learn how much to feed your fish. As a general rule of thumb… don’t give them any more food than they can eat in 3 or 4 minutes. After 4 minutes if there is food laying on the bottom of the tank… you’ve probably feed a little to much.

If you have some bottom feeders like Catfish or Corydoras in the tank they will cleanup the few flakes left laying on the bottom of the tank… but don’t use them as a scapegoat for overfeeding. Over feeding is a sure way to throw your biological cycle out of wack.

When to Feed…
I feed my fish small amounts twice a day… although some say to only feed once a day. In the morning before work I’ll give them a little TetraMin flakes, and in the evening I might feed them some OSI flake or frozen food.

However many times you feed them per day… learn how much they eat… so you don’t overfeed.

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