You’ll agree with us when we say that considering how many factors there are involved in fish-keeping, getting into it can be quite an intimidating experience.
However, there are a lot of common problems that beginners face which can be very easily solved.
In today’s post, we’re going to be answering some frequently asked questions about fish food, automatic feeders and fish tanks.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Fish Food
Let’s take a quick review:
How Do I Know What Type Of Food I Should Get For My Fish?
This depends a lot on the type of fish you have. If you have carnivorous fish, they will require a meaty diet high in protein whereas if you have herbivorous fish, they’ll require plant-based foods that are high in fiber.
You also need to consider whether your fish are top or bottom feeders and get floating or sinking food products respectively.
My Fish’s Colors Are Fading, What Can I Feed It to Make It Vibrant Again?
There are many food products out there that advertise color enhancement in fish. You can get these and try them on your fish to bring its bright colors back. However, please make sure that the pigments in the food products are from a naturally-occurring source such as Beta Carotenes.
Sometimes, it’s not the diet that’s causing your fish’s colors to fade. It could be a symptom of an illness. In this case, we recommend contacting your nearest veterinarian or local pet store.
How Do I Make Sure I’m Not Overfeeding My Fish?
A good rule of thumb to know the proper amount of food you can give your fish is to measure the amount of food it can consume completely within 5 minutes. This should then be marked as the standard amount of food you give to your fish during each feeding session.
Here are some symptoms to look out for that may point to the fact that you’ve overfed your fish:
- Bloated appearance
- Fish swimming upside down or sideways
- Leftover food deposited at aquarium floor
Can I Feed My Fish Human Food?
Some vegetables are a great source of nutrition for fish. You can boil or blanch vegetables such as Broccoli, Zucchini and Peas and feed them to your fish. They’re guaranteed to love them.
Some people feed small pieces of chicken to their fish but this is unnatural and may cause digestion problems in your fish even if they are carnivores.
I Have Fish Of Different Sizes In My Aquarium, What Size Food Should I Feed Them?
You can go for a pellet size that is appropriate for the average-sized fish in your aquarium. The larger fish won’t mind eating the small pieces whole whereas the smaller fish can nibble on the food or they can wait for the food to break apart in the water and then eat it.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Feeders
Let’s take a quick review:
Why Do I Need An Automatic Feeder?
While keeping fish is a fun experience, it also demands that a strict routine is maintained in regards to their diet. This is not always possible in today’s day and age where we have strict call-times, jobs and other commitments that we have to attend to. You can’t always be there to feed your fish even if you want to. This can be hazardous as our little aquatic pets are completely dependent on us for sustenance in their artificially created environment.
This is where automatic feeders come in. They assume the role of feeding your fish at regular intervals so your fish never miss a meal.
How Do I Choose The Best Automatic Feeder For My Fish Tank?
Several factors go into this but in general, you need to look at the size of your fish, how many fish you have and the type of fish tank you have.
You have to make sure that the feeder you get can hold an appropriate amount of food for your fish for a reasonable time interval. Also, make sure that the feeder does not make your fish food soggy. Lastly, look at the way that the automatic feeder mounts to your fish tank. Some feeders are incompatible with some fish tanks so keep this fact in mind while purchasing one.
How Do I Set Up An Automatic Fish Feeder?
Most feeders can be mounted on the fish tank even after you’ve set the tank up.
Make sure to position the feeder away from any other equipment you have on the tank such as filters, heaters, etc so that the food does not get clogged in them.
Once you’ve mounted the feeder, you can add the power supply which may be batteries or a power cord.
Finally, you will load your fish food into it and program it to release that food at time intervals that are best suited for your fish.
Will All Sorts Of Fish Food Work With An Automatic Feeder?
Most automatic feeders are designed to work with all kinds of fish. Flakes, pellets, granules and crisps all tend to work reasonably well. However, you need to be wary of live food as this is something an automatic feeder won’t handle very well. Any food that has too much moisture in it will end up going bad in the feeder and there’s a chance it might jam and get clogged.
Is There A Limit To The Amount of Fish An Automatic Feeder Can Feed?
Yes, you need to judge that by the size of the aquarium you have and buy an automatic feeder that can fulfill the need for that specific aquarium.
If you get one that’s too small, some fish might end up getting starved as they wouldn’t get their fair share. If you get one that’s too large, this would result in overfeeding.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Fish Tanks
Let’s take a quick review:
How Often Should I Clean My Fish Tank?
Unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer to this as this purely depends on a number of factors such as number of fish, aquarium size, etc. In general, we recommend daily checks on your aquarium so that you don’t have to clean it too much in the long run.
Does The Size Of My Fish Tank Affect My Fish’s Growth?
It’s a common myth that fish will only grow relative to the size of the aquarium they are in. This is not true and if you have fish that grow to a larger size, you’re going to have to get a larger fish tank for them once they are adults. Don’t leave them in the smaller tank you have as this will lead to several problems such as increased stress levels, stunted growth and physical deformations.
How Many Fish Can I Keep In My Fish Tank?
As a general rule of thumb, you should keep about 1 inch of fish for every 1 gallon of water in a fish tank.
What’s A Good Temperature That I Should Keep My Fish Tank At?
Again, this depends on the type of fish you have:
- If you have fish that thrive in cold water such as Goldfish, there’s no need to install a water heater. They can grow quite healthily in that non-regulated environment.
- If you’re planning on keeping tropical fish, you’ll need to get a water heater and keep the water’s temperature somewhere between 23 and 28 degree celsius.
How Long Should I Keep My Fish Tank’s Lights On?
10-12 hours of light a day is generally a good number that can promote growth in both your fish as well as the plants in your aquarium. Do not leave your fish tank’s lights on for 24 hours a day. Your fish and plants need to respire and rest. Leaving the lights on constantly can be very detrimental to their health.
Wrapping things up…
And with that, we’ve come to the conclusion of our post for most asked questions about fish food, feeders and fish tanks. We sincerely hope we’ve been able to demystify some, if not all, of your common concerns when it comes to the care of your little aquatic pets.
Let us know in the comments about some other commonly asked questions about fish-keeping.