Feeding aquarium fish
How to feed the fish so much is said that even a novice aquarist it is clear which feeding strategies need to adhere to. But here’s the bait, storage and receiving of food (mainly live) of information is often not enough. About this talk.
First, let’s recall a bit of theory. Fish is not to overfeed. But you can’t and underfeeding. If your fish are constantly hungry, watching them will only cause the empathy. Sluggish pale shadow, in last forces scurrying around the aquarium in search of any food that is disheartening. Beginner aquarist realizes that fish is something happening, but not understanding what it is, even more reduces the amount of food.
To determine the amount of feed is quite easy. Remember, a few days of the hunger strike is not fatal to fish. Especially if it’s a medium-sized omnivorous species, but in the aquarium there is vegetation. They may be interrupted and the pot. By the way, when fish are transported, they don’t eat for almost a week. So, put bought the fish in the aquarium, do not try to immediately feed them to satiety.
Prediabetes following feeding strategies:
Let’s feed as many as all fish can eat in 4-5 minutes. Feed at the same time, twice a day. After commercionalization for fish. If they rise closer to the surface, breathing hard, and the water is a bit cloudy – you perecherkivaet fish. To determine the murky water in a large aquarium is quite difficult, especially if the “Bank” more than 100 liters. But the behavior of fish that are “pigged out”, notice is quite simple.
If after feeding the fish I feel like is usually, it does not mean that everything is fine. Hungry fish will eventually lose color, the abdomen bursts, shrinking back . She begins to taste similar-sized pebbles from the ground, obkladyvajut plants. Some species begin to bully neighbors. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you need to feed more. Or more often, but older doses.
In General it is always better to give smaller feeds but more often. So you can better control the hunger of the fish to respond more quickly to malnutrition/eating disorders, and rejection of one feeding will be perceived by the fish easier.
Now directly on the stern.
Many adult fish can be fed only dry food. They will live a normal life, and some even multiply. But the color of the fish, sitting only on a dry diet will always be ugly and sickly offspring. This is especially true ikromechuschie fish. When feeding dry food (even if it is alternated with the animal) reproduction will be a rare exception.
Most useful is natural live food – bloodworm, Daphnia, moin (“jeporady”), Cyclops, diaptomus, Tubifex, earthworms, fly larvae, terrestrial and aerial insects – flies, grasshoppers, etc. For some you need to give the snails, krevetu, crustaceans.
Some food can be purchased at the pet store, now is not the problem. If selling something is not, you can get food from natural reservoirs. But such collection must be treated very carefully. Aquatic food organisms may be taken only from those waters where the fish lives. Otherwise there is a chance that you will bring in a aquarium of parasites that cause fish diseases. This is especially true for snails, which are carriers of many types of parasites that are dangerous even to humans. Only Daphnia and Korea not have dangerous pathogens, and they can collect and in natural waters where wild fish.
Independently collected live food is necessary to sustain 5-7 days in regular changes of water. Can a couple of days to endure the food at a temperature of +10 o C to 12 o C in a solution of acriflavine (100 mg. per 10 litres of water). In this case, decreases the risk of external protozoan parasites – costi. chilodonella, Ichthyophthirius.
Some live feed can be diluted by yourself at home. For example, Daphnia or moin. Of course, this feed is much safer for your creatures, but also requires a lot of effort.
How long can I keep a live feed?
Daphnia are very demanding of oxygen, so keeping it long is really hard. This requires a basin with low water level, but with a large area. How many days will it live Daphnia depends on water volume and number planted there by the crayfish.
Cyclops zippers and less whimsical. If a jar to put them in the refrigerator, it is possible to store them for 2 weeks, periodically cleaning the jar from the dead and has fallen to the bottom of crustaceans.
Trubochnik can be stored for 1-2 months, if in the Bank where it is contained (the layer of water 2 cm) daily change the water, and the jar store in the fridge.
All live food is better stored at low temperature. So do not keep him long in the living room or under sunlight. If you feel sorry to use the refrigerator, take out a can of food on the balcony (in the cooler months).
The bait is desirable to many species of aquarium fish. Almost all omnivorous fish need vegetable food. As such lure use lettuce, spinach, cabbage, dandelion. Sheets of pre-scald. You can also give grated carrots and nettles.
Many species readily eat crackers, bread, biscuits (not greasy), cereals, lightly cooked semolina. Large items should be rinsed after cooking to get rid of the flour residue that muddy the waters.
A number of species readily feeds on algae, passing cleaning aquarium from this scourge. However, in most cases, algae draw the attention of young fish and switch to grown up plants. So be careful.
The fish fry that have just absorbed the yolk-bubble, fed small live food, but as foods give powdered boiled egg yolk, milk powder, curd.