Appropriate feeding is essential if you want to keep tropical fishes, since some types of food or an increased amount of fish feeds can cause abnormalities and certain diseases in some tropical fish species. If you are a beginning aqua culturist, it is better to research intensively on the food types depending on the kind of tropical fish you want to keep. You should look into a specific specie of tropical fish to find detailed data about the nutritional needs and ideal food diet. You can also find these data from a pet store or a veterinarian.
Some information have added guidelines and various choices about fish food, however some information on how to cultivate natural feeds include other feeds such as brine shrimp, vinegar eels, fruit flies etc. You can also create your own fish food for herbivore fish from your own kitchen. A good quality flake (fish food) is a good basis for most tropical fish species and can be supplemented with your domesticated treats to make sure a variety and properly-balanced diet. If you don’t want to cultivate your fish food, most pet stores sell frozen meat flakes that you can keep in your freezer.
Various tropical fish species need different kinds of food. Given that your tropical fish with a varied nutritional diet is always suggested, since a varied nutrition makes it easier for the tropical fish to get all needed nutrients. .You should remember that even a carnivore or omnivore tropical fish can eat algae or phytoplankton in their natural habitat, and therefore would gradually start to suffer from drastic dietary changes inside a fish tank without natural aquatic plants or that has been scrubbed off from algal deposits. Herbivore tropical fish that feed mainly on phytoplankton and aquatic plants will normally eat tiny organisms or some zooplanktons in their natural environment, something that will be intolerable inside a fish tank without animal feeds.
If you want to give your tropical fish prepared food, you should choose feeds that has been manufactured in order to meet with the needs of certain species or tropical fish species. If you would maintain some of the fish variants, you should therefore try to find their appropriate food. It is also probable to create a fish food that is suitable for all tropical fish, and general fish foods that have appropriate nutrients for all types of tropical fish. You can also change the diet of the fish as they mature. Smaller fish, called fry, breeding adults and elder fish all have their special needs and these can vary greatly.
Most problems encountered by hobbyists are the results of over-feeding. Never feed your tropical dish more food than they can eat within a few minutes. Left over flakes will begin to disintegrate and will add dirt to the fish tank. Over feeding can also cause diseases such as fish obesity, a health condition that will threaten the over-all well-being of your pets. A tropical fish that eats more food than necessary will also produce more wastes that will add pollution to the fish tank.
Also, try to purchase supplements such as vitamins and minerals, especially if your fish has special needs. However, you should check a veterinarian or an experienced aqua culturist before you involve any kind of chemical inside the fish tank.