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I do not feed silversides to any of my fish or anemones for two reasons. The first reason is that parts of them can sometimes be hard for them to digest, such as the skull and bones. Although they can handle this, it would be best if they could avoid it completely. The second reason is the low quality of silversides as a food source. When the silversides are harvested from the ocean, they are not individually inspected for signs of disease. In addition to that, silversides are not given the same level of care as human foods often thawing out during transit only to be refrozen again and again. As I do have these very same concerns about all frozen fish food, I will always try to make my own food as much as possible to help avoid the risks.
The biggest challenge faced by a lionfish owner is providing a proper nutritious diet. Of all the problems I see with lionfish, improper nutrition and its results are the predominant health issue for captive lionfish. In the wild, lionfish eat smaller fish and invertebrates. Unfortunately, in the home aquarium lionfish will readily accept live wiggling feeder fish like feeder goldfish or rosy red minnows. The reason this is a problem is that only freshwater feeder fish are available to hobbyists and they do not provide the proper nutrition. In fact, a lionfish fed exclusively with goldfish will frequently die prematurely due to a number of feeder fish-associated problems. A study by Toonen et al (Toonen, 2000) demonstrated that freshwater feeder fish of the carp family (like goldfish, rosy reds, etc.) are very high in fats and lack all the marine based highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFAs) required for proper health of marine fish. Of all the freshwater feeding choices available to the hobbyist, ghost shrimp are the best of what’s available. Ghost shrimp can be enriched in marine-based HUFAs by being fed any marine flake food or marine plant material, and I have not found a lionfish yet that will ignore a ghost shrimp. The best way to ensure a lionfish remains in proper health is to feed it a varied diet of fresh and frozen seafoods. With that said, I would recommend to anyone keeping a lionfish to establish the fish in the aquarium by temporarily using freshwater feeders such as ghost shrimp, guppies, mollies, rosy red minnows, and goldfish for 2 weeks up to 1 month maximum. After this establishment period, the lionfish must be weaned off these feeders and onto marine-based prepared foods.
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Just as you would feed premium pet food to your dog or cat, you can also feed premium food to your fish. Premium food is frozen and offers the best diet for your fish. Here’s why…To be honest, most people have fed their fish frozen or partially thawed food at least some of the time. This happens when we either are in a hurry or remember right at bedtime. I know I would not be thrilled to eat steak and vegetables in their frozen form! It still seems logical that the best and least stressful way to feed our finned friends is to let their food thaw before dropping it in the tank!