Fish Tank Maintenance : Putting Food in Fish Tanks
Ok. Now we’re getting to the fun part of having
a tank and that’s feeding of the fish. The fish have to eat, however, I think the, a
very common thing that people do is, is they forget that fish are cold blooded, they just
simply don’t need the amount of food that we’d like to see them eat and consume. So,
a very frequent thing that happens, especially for first time people getting into the hobby
is to think oh, the fish are going to starve unless I feed them. Probably not true, fish
can go actually quite a long while without without even feeding anything and a lot of
times the aquarium itself will provide food, just in the form of live plants and so on.
So, rule number one, don’t overfeed your fish. It’s a good idea, especially in the initial
part of, of, of, of having your tank set up, it’s very, very crucial that you not overfeed,
because you’re going to really run into some big problems as far as cloudy water and maybe
even the fish dying. So, it’s a good idea, especially starting out, turn the filter off
because you’re, you’re only going to have this off for five minutes. The reason for
that, you don’t want the filter to take up the, the, the, the fish, the fish food itself.
So, basically your flakes, this is going to be your staple here and the rule of thumb
is whatever the fish will eat in five minutes, so you can stay there for that entire five
minutes. Watch the fish eat the food and if, if they get to the point where they’re not
eating the flake food after five minutes, well stop. You might even want to take a net
if you’ve overfed and there’s leftover food, it would be far better to net that, that,
that flake food out, rather than let it sit there and cause a biological bacteria imbalance.
Usually the flake food itself, they can, they can live off this, there’s enough variety
in terms of the ingredients that they don’t need extra, extra, extra food. However, fish
will enjoy freeze dried as well as frozen food, there’s frozen shrimp, fish love this.
We sell a lot of it, the fish love it, it’s high in protein, I guess they’re like us,
they like shrimp. So, you may want to consider using this, feeding this to your fishes a
couple times a week, just as a treat, it is good for them. You can also feed them live,
live things that your pet dealer can talk to you about in terms or blood worm and things
like that, daphnia, all kinds of things. So there’s a wide variety of things you can feed
your, your fish. The, what you can get in this little container here is really enough.
And, make sure you do not overfeed your fish. Probably once a day is fine, twice a day if
you’re going to be very careful about not going over that five minute rule. So going
on vacations, get a, again consult with your dealer, again they make these little pyramid
things that they fish can eat off of. Worse thing you can do is overfeed your fish. Make
sure if you have someone taking care of your fish, that they don’t overfeed your fish,
that will do more harm to your fish than not feeding them at all.