How To Buy Your Fish The Right Food
There are a few factors which all come into play when finding the ideal food for your aquarium fish.
Do they eat just vegetables, meat-based food or a mix of both? You will need to do your research and narrow down the food available. Most food out there will contain a balance of both greens and fish derivatives at the very least, but it just depends on the ratio
Pretty obvious, but smaller fish with tiny mouths will struggle eating huge pellets. If you have tiny tropical fish, buy food which is small enough for them to enjoy
How They Feed
Some fish will remain at one height or prefer to feed in certain places. Catfish feed off the bottom only, for instance. You will have to get floating, sinking or slow sinking food to accommodate
How much do they eat every day? Buy a supply which can last for a while and ensure you know how much to put in the tank. You may need to adjust between types of food
Mix It Up
It can be good to give them a balance of food types, textures and treats in order for them to have a balanced diet
Fish Diet Types
Fish who just eat plant-based foods and pellets, such as algae. Food will often contain small amounts of fish but this is natural for nutrients
Fish who eat meat and animal-based products, such as worms
These fish will eat a balance of herbivore and carnivore foods. It is good to give an even mix or subsidise algae foods with meat treats
Types Of Fish Food
These can come in floating or sinking varieties and you can get them in various sizes which makes them great for any size of fish. They don’t tend to disintegrate, making them great for any water which struggles to stay clean
Probably the most common. What these look like is pretty self-explanatory, and they are available in both tropical and coldwater variants. Most fish will happily go for them, and they can be slower to drop which is good for fish who like to eat higher up
Just like flakes, except even better at floating. This means the fish are more likely to get to them before they fall to the bottom, creating less waste. They’re usually for smaller fish thanks to their size. Also available in varieties with different sinking/floating properties to suit various species
These usually sink quite quickly, making them great for bottom-dwelling fish. They remain intact for longer than any flakes or pellets, releasing food slowly
Longer, so best for larger fish. They provide more nutrients in a packed-in state without needing to use loads of flakes
Perfect if you are going on holiday and need to feed your fish over a few days. They release small amounts of food as they dissolve over time
Often used with high-protein foods such as worms where the nutrients need to be preserved over time.
Some omnivores or carnivores can eat live foods such as worms too. You are limited to what you can buy online for this for obvious reasons, but they could be used alongside a more staple food form. They are commonly found in gels
As mentioned above, coldwater fish do not need quite as many nutrients and proteins as temperate or tropical fish and often have more herbivorous diets, so it is important to purchase food which meets the requirements of their water type.