Feeding

Feeding

Feeding-time in your aquarium varies, depending on what kind of animals are in your tank. There are a wide variety of frozen, dry and live foods for your tank, depending on the needs of your particular fish.

It is important to feed your fish on a consistent schedule.  Once a day is fine for most fish; once every few days is recommended for some predators. If you want your fish to grow more quickly (and you’re prepared to deal with the additional maintenance), twice per day feedings will result in healthy, happy fish.  Some fish – especially freshwater species – require small amounts of food several times per day.  Be sure to verify the feeding requirements of your aquarium’s inhabitants.  

To prepare for a frozen feeding, find a small dish and fill up with your tank water (A small ramekin or cup works well). Put the recommended amount of food (usually frozen cubes) in a cup, and let it sit for a few minutes. Once it has thawed, stir it up and dump it into your tank.  You may want to shut off powerheads or filtration if you find the food’s being blown around and not eaten.

Flake or pellet feeding is quite simple.  Just feed what your fish will eat within the first three minutes.  Any excess food will pollute the tank, so if they don’t finish in the first few minutes, grab a net and scoop out the uneaten food, then adjust your next feeding amount accordingly.

Most all fish will eat brine shrimp, whether it is frozen or live. If you have corals, adding oyster eggs and phytoplankton to your feeding mix will keep them happy. You can find excellent coral foods in our freezer at Crystal Clear Aquariums. Selcon is a nutrient supplement that keeps your fish healthy; it’s vitamins for your fish.  Add a few drops to your feed mix once a day.  Some fish may require a switch to larger foods as they get larger.

Herbivorous fish will eat brine, but it is important to give them seaweed in with the first feeding of the day. Tangs and other herbivorous fish require seaweed in their diet to stay healthy, and will munch on it over the course of the day if available.

Some fish can be very picky eaters. Adding a garlic supplement to your food mix can solve this problem, as garlic is an attractant and immune system booster. Certain fish, such as Angelfish, have special foods made for them. Check with Crystal Clear Aquariums to for your specific fish’s dietary needs.

If you have predators such as eels and triggerfish, they may require a different feeding method. When small, they can be taught to eat krill, and when they get large, chopped whole shrimp. Some predators will only eat live feeders, and lionfish are notoriously picky about live food.

Feeding-time in your aquarium varies, depending on what kind of animals are in your tank. There are a wide variety of frozen, dry and live foods for your tank, depending on the needs of your particular fish.

It is important to feed your fish on a consistent schedule.  Once a day is fine for most fish; once every few days is recommended for some predators. If you want your fish to grow more quickly (and you’re prepared to deal with the additional maintenance), twice per day feedings will result in healthy, happy fish.  Some fish – especially freshwater species – require small amounts of food several times per day.  Be sure to verify the feeding requirements of your aquarium’s inhabitants.  

To prepare for a frozen feeding, find a small dish and fill up with your tank water (A small ramekin or cup works well). Put the recommended amount of food (usually frozen cubes) in a cup, and let it sit for a few minutes. Once it has thawed, stir it up and dump it into your tank.  You may want to shut off powerheads or filtration if you find the food’s being blown around and not eaten.

Flake or pellet feeding is quite simple.  Just feed what your fish will eat within the first three minutes.  Any excess food will pollute the tank, so if they don’t finish in the first few minutes, grab a net and scoop out the uneaten food, then adjust your next feeding amount accordingly.

Most all fish will eat brine shrimp, whether it is frozen or live. If you have corals, adding oyster eggs and phytoplankton to your feeding mix will keep them happy. You can find excellent coral foods in our freezer at Crystal Clear Aquariums. Selcon is a nutrient supplement that keeps your fish healthy; it’s vitamins for your fish.  Add a few drops to your feed mix once a day.  Some fish may require a switch to larger foods as they get larger.

Herbivorous fish will eat brine, but it is important to give them seaweed in with the first feeding of the day. Tangs and other herbivorous fish require seaweed in their diet to stay healthy, and will munch on it over the course of the day if available.

Some fish can be very picky eaters. Adding a garlic supplement to your food mix can solve this problem, as garlic is an attractant and immune system booster. Certain fish, such as Angelfish, have special foods made for them. Check with Crystal Clear Aquariums to for your specific fish’s dietary needs.

If you have predators such as eels and triggerfish, they may require a different feeding method. When small, they can be taught to eat krill, and when they get large, chopped whole shrimp. Some predators will only eat live feeders, and lionfish are notoriously picky about live food.