Tropical Fish Food

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The type of tropical fish food you provide can mean the difference between a healthy, growing fish tank and a Suffering one. Fish, although they are not complex animals, will not always eat what is given to them, and sometimes they may even eat the wrong things entirely! Here are a few tips regarding what to feed your tropical fish.
There are two main types of tropical fish food to consider: manufactured fish food and natural fish food. Depending on the size of your fish tank and the creatures in it, you may need a broad diversity of different food types just to keep everyone happy.

Manufactured tropical fish food is a perfect form for many aquarium keepers. These come in the form of pellets, flakes, tablets and also liquids. What many don't know about tropical fish is that they require complex diets just as we do. No matter of whether your fish are herbivorous, omnivorous or carnivorous, they still need carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals just like any creature. Fortunately, there are many high quality brands of manufactured foods that provide your fish with everything they need.

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Many fish owners also choose natural tropical fish food, specially for carnivores and omnivores. These include foods such as freeze dried brine shrimp or blood worms. This is a perfect way to introduce your fish to the types of food it would usually pursue in the wild.

Many fish owners also keep these as treats between meals of manufactured pellets or flakes. You can even find live food such as feeder fish, water fleas or larvae at specialty fish stores.

When feeding your fish, be sure never to feed them more than what they can consume quickly. While it isn't the end of the world if a few pellets or flakes reach the bottom of the fish tank, too much feeding can cause food rotting, which not only dirties your fish tank, but lowers its oxygen content as well. Normally it only takes a small pinch.

In Addition, try to feed your fish in a way where each type of fish gets a chance to eat without interruption.For example, feed the surface feeders first, then drop the pellets for the bottom feeders. This will keep other fish from eating food that doesn't belong to them.

Finally, while keeping a feeding schedule is ideal, don't worry if you need to leave your fish alone if you're going on holiday for a week or so. If you feed them good before you leave, they should be fine until you get back. Learn more about tropical fish food today, browse more posts on my blog.
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