Overfeeding your fish is probably one of the biggest mistakes made by new aquarium hobbyists, and yet it is not one just made by novices. It’s simple to overfeed when fish are always looking hungry and even acting happy when you visit the tank with food in hand. The problem is that feeding too often can kill your fish. Overfeeding also tends to upset the pH balance of the water. If you are still a little unsure as to how much food to give your fish, you may wish to read on to find out more about fish food.
In the wild, fish eat algae from the bottom of the ocean bottom. So the first thing you need to figure out is how much your tank is able to hold. Feeding the right amount of fish can be tricky, because too little and they may become obese, while overfeeding will cause stressed out fish that tend to swim downwards rather than swimming upwards. There are many variables that you need to take into account to determine how many fish you can feed at once without causing any stress to the fish.
The number one factor when feeding is water conditions. Do you have clean water? Is the water oxygenated? What PH level is your water at? If you don’t know these answers then it’s time to make sure you know them before you start feeding.
Aquarium hobbyists often fail to realize that healthy tropical fish have similar requirements to our healthy aquarium fish. Therefore, if you think your fish are getting all the proper nutrition, then feeding should be relatively safe. However, there’s nothing wrong with experimenting to see what fish species you prefer to feed in different situations. You might find that you prefer to feed a certain group of animals without food after all.
In this case you might want to look into surface feeders. These are special foods that get digested by fish, because the digests don’t go through the gills. They are made from plant and herb materials, which are the perfect combination for fish to ingest without risk of drowning. Herbivores will be happy to eat both plants and animal foods, while omnivores would probably only be interested in plant-based foods.
If you’re new to feeding your fish, or you just don’t understand how to do it correctly, then you can always get help from your local pet store employees or from Reef Supply. These professional companies have many products available that can help you decide which foods are best for your tank. For example, if you have a community tank then you may not want to feed Herbivores or have a tank that is filled with marine vegetation. Instead, you may want to purchase freeze dried or bulk dissolved into water foods to give them a convenient and easily digestible snack.