If you have tropical fish, it is crucial to understand their dietary needs.
Generally, most tropical fish will eat the flakes you can find at just
about any local grocery store, but some will require a little extra research
to ensure their dietary needs are met. The last thing you want is to discover
your new colorful friends are starving or malnourished because they have
not been eating the food you put in their tank.
First, it is important to understand that fish can fall into one of four
basic groups: herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and limnivores. Herbivores
solely chow down on plants, while carnivores subsist on meats. Omnivores
are more partial to a balance of meats and plants. The group that you
are probably not as familiar with is limnivore. Fish that are part of
this group are essentially mud eaters and prefer to feed on algae and
detritus, which is the debris one finds at the bottom of a fish tank.
Observe your tropical fish to make sure they are eating well and look
healthy. If some of them are not eating the food you provide, you will
have to change up their diet.
Types of Fish Food
If you end up having to reconsider what you should feed your tropical fish,
it would be helpful to know what kinds of food they can eat. Here are
some types of food you can consider for your tropical fish:
Live food: There are some fish that prefer live foods, which can include smaller
fish, worms, or brine shrimp. If you choose to feed them live fish, you
might want to have a special tank for the feeder fish, so you can ensure
they do not have contagious diseases that can infect the tropical fish
in the main tank.
Freeze dried: This type of food will usually only have one ingredient, such as brine
shrimp, mosquito larvae or worms. However, this is not a complete diet,
but rather a supplement.
Frozen food: If you opt for frozen food, make sure it is good quality and meets the
needs of your fish. Keep it frozen until it is time to feed your fish
and thaw it before putting it in the tank.
Pellets: Many types of fish can eat pellets, including limnivores. In fact, it
is a great way to make sure they are receiving an adequate food supply.
Remember, fish should be fed once or twice a day and never overfed. Like
any other animal, if tropical fish become overweight, they will encounter
health problems and diseases.
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