Tropical fish are a beauty, fun and a colorful addition to your home or office. They’re slowly moves, and graceful fins give you a sense of calm and peacefulness. With the right care, they thrive very well. Caring for tropical fish calls for keeping the aquarium clean, maintaining conducive temperatures and most important of all, feeding them properly. Feeding is a simple process as long as you know your fish and understands which foods are best for them. Avoiding common mistakes will help you keep your fish contented and well fed. It is important to understand the eating habits of your fish. Study what they eat, when they need to eat and how often they should be fed.
To keep your fish healthy and free from diseases, feed them with a great variety of foods. Just like human beings, fish also become bored when fed the same kind of fish food every day. The implication of this is that they eventually stop eating completely and you may not want this happening to your fish.
Tablet fish foods are a bit heavy and tend to sink to the bottom of the aquarium or pond. This is ideal if you have bottom feeders. However, this may not work well for all your tropical fish. Some will prefer to feed on the top, so this implies that you need to add floating fish food too.
Most aquarium fish love live food. Unfortunately, the majority of pet shops do not stock a large number of live foods. Therefore, you need to look for a good supplier if you have to provide your fish with these delicacies. Some of the live fish foods are; Spirulina, Tubifex worms, Daphnia, Glassworms, etc.
Dried food pellets
Dried pellets are appropriate foods for both small and large tropical fish breeds and are a popular choice amongst many aquarists. They contain most of the nutrients and vitamins that your fish might need. Dried food pellets come in two types. One type contains added air to make it float once put inside the aquarium. This makes it easy for surface feeders whose mouths are upturned. The other type of dried food pellets sinks to the bottom of the aquarium when it soaks sufficiently, which makes it perfect for bottom feeders.
Flake fish foods are the cornerstone of tropical fish diet. They are readily available, easy to dispense and store. However, you need to know a few basics about flake foods to ensure that whatever you are giving to your fish is the best. For instance, avoid dropping too much food in the tank.
The importance of proper food for tropical fish cannot be overemphasized. Worrying more about price as opposed to ingredients will not give you happy pets in the aquarium. Consider testing new “miracle foods” too in the market and see how your tropical fish respond to it. However, do not try this with your most valuable or favorite fish. Simply select a pair of cheap fish and isolate them in a different aquarium, feed them on the new food and observe their condition over time. If the food is good, then your fish should grow faster or become larger, become brightly colored or display other positive changes.