There are a lot of great reasons to take fish home with you as pets. For a young child, a fish is a great starter pet that doesn’t require the attention or responsibility of something like a cat or a dog.
For more established adults, a small aquarium can be a great touch to a home, and taking care of other living creatures can be a rewarding experience no matter your affinity for fish themselves.
If you’re planning on purchasing a few finned friends for your home, you’ll need to know how to feed fish properly. Read on and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know.
What Do Fish Eat?
If you want the fish you purchase to live long and healthy lives, it goes without saying that you’ll want to provide them with the food that will best do this. What that might be, however, will vary depending on the type of fish you bring home.
There are many different types of fish out there, even at your local pet store. Some are herbivores, others are carnivores, and others are even omnivores!
These fish eat in different quantities and on different schedules. It’s important to know what kind of fish you are taking home so that you can try to best match the eating environment they would have if in the wild.
You’ll want to get meat-based food for the meat-eaters and plant-based food for the herbivores. Carnivores eat less frequently (a by-product of the time-consuming process of hunting) while herbivores eat more and do so more frequently.
Fish Feeding Tips
It’s always best to underfeed your fish at first. This may sound surprising, but uneaten food can clog up your aquarium or bowl and create an unsuitable environment for the living organisms inside.
It can be a good idea to start with small portions of food for your fish and to watch and observe how quickly they consume it. If the food disappears in a flash, you may want to start increasing the amount you give them.
Just like with humans, there’s a wide variety of fish food out there and it’s not all created equal. Your fish are more likely to live long healthy lives if you are using the ultimate ecopack, for example, as opposed to just providing the cheapest option off the shelf.
Each fish will have specific needs so it is best to talk in detail with your pet store or employee or fish provider. They will be able to tell you the specifics you need to be aware of when it comes to feeding your fish.
Now You Know How to Feed Fish
While having fish in your home can be a great pleasure, this purchase comes with a little learning curve as well. The above information can help you to determine how to feed fish and keep your aquarium environment healthy and happy.
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