Choosing the right food for your fish is a key factor in maintaining the health and long life of your pet. Flake, stick or pellets are the most common types of food available for the pet fish in the market. Although there is no single food that is good for every fish, if you follow these hive basic steps you won’t go wrong.
1. Do some research on your pet fish and determine what dietary type your fish is (omnivore, herbivore, or carnivore). Certain species of fish have very specific dietary needs, as do newly hatched fry.
2. Regardless of what type of food your pet fish eats, it’s important to vary the diet to insure balanced nutrition. A combination of dry as well frozen and fresh/live foods will ensure a well balanced diet.
3. Feed a tiny bit several times a day, especially with fish that won’t scour the bottom, than it is to feed a bunch all at once. But most adult fish will do fine being fed a 5 minute ration once a day. However, some prefer to feed their fish twice a day. Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep the feedings very small.
4. Herbivores (vegetarians) need to eat frequently because they do not have large stomachs to hold a lot of food. Herbivores (vegetarians) need to eat frequently because they do not have large stomachs to hold a lot of food.
5. Overfeeding a fish can be a problem. Fish that are overfed can end up with deformed bodies and other problems plus they poop more. Feed no more than the fish will consume completely in less than five minutes. You can always give them another small feeding if necessary.