Are you considering keeping fish as pets or perhaps you do already but wonder if you are feeding them properly? Here is your guide to feeding your fish from Joel Syder at Academic Brits.
Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Fish Properly
As with any kind of pet, when it comes to feeding your fish, you need to make sure you’re doing it right. Too little food and they’ll starve, too much and there’s the risk of overfeeding which can be fatal.
Another problem with fish is the fact you may have multiple species in your aquarium, each of which requires a different type of food or a different amount, again making it potentially easier to feed your fish the wrong amount.
To stop this all becoming a problem, we’re going to explore everything you need to know when it comes to feeding your fish properly, ensuring you get it right every time and your fish stay healthy for their entire lives.
Just as you would with your own body, you need to make sure your fish are getting the right nutrients in their diets, so they can grow healthier and minimize the risk of potential health problems. Let’s break it down to make it easy;
Omega Fatty Acids
These are one of the most important considerations you need to be thinking about. This type of nutrition is used to help your fish grow properly and stay healthy throughout their lives. If your fish are growing slowly or get ill or stressed regularly, you may need to up the serving.
Proteins & Carbs
These types of nutrients are just as important to fish as they are to humans. You can get these from plant extracts and should be included regularly in your fish’s diet. These nutrients are vital for helping your fish control their temperature and providing them with energy.
Minerals & Vitamins
When it comes to cell growth and supporting your fish’s immune system, you’ll need to make sure they’re getting all their minerals and vitamins. Making sure they get the right amount will help to grow their bones, scales, and fins properly and prevents long-lasting health concerns.
Choosing the Right Form of Food
There are plenty of different types of food out there, and it’s important to know which one best suit the individual species you own. You should be able to ask the aquarium you buy them from, or simply look online for the right information.
Some of the different types include pellets, flakes, capsules and even powder. It’s vital you pick the right type for your fish, otherwise processes like digestion can cause problems, so make sure you’re researching to see which version is best for your fish,” says Tina Gooden, pet writer.
Feeding Your Fish at the Right Time
The vast majority of fish will only need to be fed once a day, but many fish will be able to survive from 7-10 days without needing food, so it’s important to make sure you find the right balance. You’ll also need to consider what natural food can be eaten in your tank, such as smaller fish or plant life, which means you’ll need to feed them less.
“If you’re going away for a few days for work or on vacation, it’s better to give your fish slightly more food before you go and then leave them throughout the time you’re away since they’ll be fine without food for several days. On the other hand, you could invest in an automatic fish feeding device,” shares animal blogger Darren Harper, an animal blogger.
Choosing the Right Amount
Portion size is the final most important consideration you’ll need to be thinking about when it comes to feeding your fish. Of course, this is going to depend on multiple aspects such as species and their size, so make sure you’re looking it up.
However, as a rule of thumb, you’re going to want to put enough food in the tank that it can all be consumed with 3-5 minutes. Nevertheless, remember that overfeeding can be especially worse than underfeeding since the food can decompose and can create an increase in nitrogen products in the tank.
About the author:
Joel Syder is an IT analyst, coach, tutor and aspiring writer at AcademicBrits. He enjoys helping people to realize their potential in the exciting field of information technology as well as creating articles about things that excite him.