Feeding your Fish

 

Feeding your Fish

There are few things to bear in mind when it comes to feeding your fish.  Unless you have decided to have only one type of fish in your aquarium you will have a community of different types.  It's a good idea to choose a community of fish that are compatible with one another and that don't compete for food – or see each other as a tasty snack! 

Carnivorous fish – these are meat eaters and generally requiring live foods, although some will accept freeze dried or frozen food.  Live food may represent a health risk for other types of fish and as carnivorous fish will chase and eat other fish in the aquarium they are not recommended for a community tank.
Herbivorous fish – these are plant eaters and require plants, algae, and/or fruits in their diet.  If you have live plants in your aquarium with herbivorous fish you will find that your plants are nibbled and often destroyed completely.
Omnivorous fish – these eat a variety of meat and vegetable matter.  Omnivorous fish are the easiest of all fish to feed and are highly recommended for community tanks.

View our Types of fish Advice to learn more

Different types of fish also feed at different depths in the tank and have different feeding habits. Fish generally feed on 3 levels:

Surface feeders – tend to eat floating food on the surface of the water
Mid level feeders – will catch and eat morsels that drop down from the surface and slowly sink downwards
Bottom feeders – consume food from the bottom of the tank, digging about and searching over the gravel for tidbits
There are a range of speciality fish foods available that cater for fish that eat at different levels.

Visit our fish Products section for our range of fish food

Types of fish food

There are a wide range of fish foods available from fish flakes and pellets to frozen and freeze dried foods.  Our staff will be happy to advise you on the most suitable food for your fish in store and we stock a number of speciality foods for fish with specific dietary needs.

Fish flakes – ideal for surface and mid level feeders.  They are a popular choice as they are easy to store and don't require preparation.  They are designed to float on the surface of the water and most varieties of flakes are suitable for a wide range of fish species.  There are also algae and spirulina (blue-green algae) flakes for herbivorous fish as well as Flakes made from brine shrimp, earthworm, tubifex worm, bloodworm, water fleas (daphnia) and mosquito larvae.   

Fish pellets, sticks, granules, tablets, wafers – designed to float or sink depending on the type of fish they are intended to feed.  They come in various sizes and are a good choice for larger fish.  

Freeze-dried and frozen fish food – great as a treat for many types of fish but are essential for fish that do not take readily to dry foods.  A wide variety of foods are available in this from bloodworm to mysis shrimp.

Visit our fish Products section for our wide range of fish foods

How much do I feed my fish?

The best advice is to feed your fish no more than they can eat within 2 minutes.  The reason for this is that uneaten food will decay and contaminate the water.  Most fish keepers feed their fish once or twice a day but you can feed them little and often – as long as all the food is eaten and nothing is wasted.

Visit our fish Products section for our wide range of fish foods 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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