It’s not hard to agree with us when we say that fish-keeping can be a strenuous hobby.
That’s why we’ve brought you these tips and tricks that you can utilize to make your hobby a lot less stressful and a lot more rewarding.
By the end of today’s post, you’ll know all the ins-and-outs of fish food and feeders that will make both you and your fish very happy.
Buy Treats For Your Fish To Supplement Their Diet
While there are many food products out there that advertise a complete staple diet that you can give to your fish, buying extra treats for them to supplement this diet can be a great idea. Not only will this keep your fish excited, it will promote growth, color and breeding in your fish.
If you have fish who are picky eaters, you can try mixing these treats with their staple diet. They will get to eating in no time.
Don’t Know How Much To Feed Your Fish? There’s An Easy Way To Find Out!
There are actually two ways to determine this:
- The first way is to determine the amount of food that your fish can eat within 5 minutes. The amount of food it consumes is the general amount that you feed your fish in each feeding session.
- Another way to loosely figure out how much food your fish can eat is by feeding it the same amount of food as the size of one of its eyes.
The Key To A Clean Fish Tank: Floating Pellets!
If you’re having trouble keeping your tank clean or if you don’t have time to clean it regularly, you might want to invest in naturally insoluble floating pellets for your fish. Firstly, they are scrumptious and it’s very rare that fish leave any of them uneaten. However, if they do, these pellets float on the surface of the water indefinitely and are very easy to just scoop out. Also, since they are insoluble, they do not disintegrate into the water to make it cloudy. Here’s to crystal clear waters.
Want To Make Your Own Fish Food? Here’s How!
A general and very easy way to make your own fish fish is by employing the use of vegetables. Start by gathering some Zucchini, Broccoli, Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots and Spinach and blending all of them together. Once blended, put them in a sealed plastic bag. Freeze that bag and now what you have is frozen fish food.
You can cut a small piece from this and drop it into your tank for your fish to snack on. It’s a great source of vitamins, fiber and carbohydrates.
If you have fish that are carnivores, you can use this exact recipe but with the addition of ingredients such as beef heart, white fish and/or shrimp.
Food Size Too Big? No Problem
The solution to this is actually quite simple: just crush the food up yourself. There’s no need to worry about the food being crushed into powder. If you’ve bought good quality food, it won’t disintegrate into the water and make it murky. It will stay insoluble until your little fish eat it.
Fish Spitting Out Food? Don’t Worry!
This is very common among fish and there’s no cause for alarm if your pet is doing this.
Firstly, this can occur in fish that you’ve just brought home. They might refuse to eat food or spit it out because they’re adjusting to their new home. Just give them some time and they’ll come around.
Secondly and the most common reason your fish is spitting out food is because it’s softening it. This is fish’ version of chewing. They spit the food out and then eat it up again. Just let them do their thing.
If none of these two are the case, then you might want to consider the possibility that your fish doesn’t like the food. In this case, you can try changing the food or supplementing their diet with a treat.
If the problem persists, we suggest contacting your nearest veterinarian or local pet store.
Going Away For A Vacation? Program Your Automatic Fish Feeder!
A vacation is exactly what automatic fish feeders were made for. If you’re not in your home often or if you’re planning to go out for a few weeks, you might want to invest in an automatic fish feeder.
Just load them up with your fish’s favorite food and program it according to your needs. It will empty the fish food into your tank at those desired time intervals and your fish will be well-fed and happy.
Test Your Water’s Nitrate Levels, Keep Your Fish Happy!
Nitrate levels can rise as a result of waste produced by fish. If these levels are not fixed and brought down, the nitrates can slowly poison your fish and make them ill. They can also be a cause for many stress-related diseases in your fish.
We recommend getting a Nitrate testing kit and using it regularly in your fish tank. If you notice a spike, partially or completely change the water in your tank. Your fish will thank you and then some.
Want Your Fish To Breathe Easy? Condition Your Water
Water is for fish what air is for us humans. While aquariums are usually filled with normal tap water. Tap water can contain several different properties that are not suitable for a fish to thrive in. In order to make this into an appropriate environment for fish to live in, we suggest investing in a de-chlorinating agent and a biological aquarium supplement. These can easily be bought online or from your local pet store.
Keep An Eye Out For Overcrowding
Overcrowding is the number one factor that contributes to stress-related diseases in fish. Not only will this halt their growth. It will make them lethargic and stressed. Too many fish could also produce too much waste which could clog your filter. Not too mention, the oxygen levels in your tank will become low causing your fish to have difficulties breathing. A lot of fatalities are commonly attributed to overcrowding in aquariums.
As a general rule of thumb, you should have about 1 inch of fish for 1 gallon of water in your aquarium. While this is a rule that generally works, we still advise that you consult your local pet store before getting your fish tank.
Just Brought A New Fish Home? Float It In The Aquarium First!
Don’t immediately pour your fish into your aquarium from its bag once you’ve brought it home. This can shock your fish and bring about adverse effects that you may not want such as refusal to eat food and stress.
We recommend that you float the bag in the aquarium for a minimum of 15 minutes but not longer than an hour. Slowly pour some water from your aquarium into the sealed bag that your fish is in every 5 minutes until the bag is full. This will allow the fish to get used to its new environment in a slow, easy way. About 5 minutes after you’ve filled the bag, slowly remove it from the aquarium without harming any aquatic life and allow your new fish to swim out into its new home.
We’ve come to the end of our post for tips and tricks for food and feeders for fish tanks. We learned a lot while researching and testing methods on our fish for this post and we hope that you’ve learned a lot by reading it as well.
Let us know some tips and tricks that you’ve learned while taking care of your fish.