Jun 18, 2012 - Choosing fish foods for aquarium fish and properly feeding your fish in your home fish tank
Some types of fish food are designed as , which are meant to be placed inside the aquarium to feed the fish for days on end. The blocks release just small amounts as they dissolve, so the fish can be fed for several days while the owner is on vacation.
For periods of up to seven days, you can easily leave a mature aquarium unfed. For longer periods, you have several options. Big fish, particularly predators, can easily go two weeks or more without food if they are healthy. Herbivores like can be given a bunch of cheap aquarium plants, such as pondweed, and left to their own devices. Community aquariums can usually be catered for using automated feeders. Reducing the rations is a good idea, of course, because you won’t be around to remove waste or perform water changes.
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Aquarium Fish Food for Feeding the fish in home aquariums
Fish can go for several weeks without food. Some believe they can go for 3 or more weeks even. Yes, this is true believe it or not and your fish will be fine while you're away. Your tank may even look cleaner when you get home from vacation since there should be less wastes in the water from the lack of fish food entering the aquarium and less wastes being produced from fish eating that fish food.Sure, if you don’t want to do it right, you can just throw a few flakes of fish food into an aquarium and hope for the best. But if you want happy and health fish, that display brilliant colours, you need to take some time to learn how to feed your fish properly.Another option is to use one of those plastic pill boxes that are composed of small boxes corresponding to the day of the week. You put in the amount of food that day's container that you'd like for your friend, family member or neighbor to give to your fish and then you don't have to worry about them overfeeding and polluting the aquarium water.The reason that we spend so much time making sure that we don’t overfeed the fish, is that overfeeding can quickly have a negative impact on an aquarium. Not only will uneaten food start to decay and foul the water, but the fishes increased waste production can send the water parameters completely out of whack. If there is too much waste for the filter (or more accurately, beneficial bacteria) to handle, you could start to see spikes in ammonia and nitrites – both of which can kill your fish.So you end up with fish begging for food, and people happily feeding them every time the fish does a little dance near the front of the aquarium. And many fish will continue to beg for food even when they’re full (cichlids are notorious for this), so it’s often hard to tell if you’ve fed them enough.There are several things to consider when feeding fish. The form that the food takes, the ingredients of the food, and what type of food the fish needs are some of the most important things. I will be focusing on the first two, as the last varies from fish to fish, and there are too many fish in the aquarists' world to cover in one article.