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How Much Should You Feed Your Tropical Fish?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

fishfiidThe most common problem that new aquarium owner face is overfeeding. This could make the water dirty and cause an increase in ammonia in the water which could put a strain on the filtration system  and cause diseases that could kill your fish.

The frequency and quantity with which you should feed tropical fish is dependant on the amount, species and size of the tropical fish you are keeping. As a general rule, small fish such as guppies, platys and tetras should be fed more often that larger fish. A small pinch two or three times a day should be fine. Don’t feed more that your fish can consume in 3 or 4 minutes.

Larger fish fall into two categories, predatory and non predatory. Large predatory fish like Pike barbs and piranas, should be feed like they would eat if they were in the wild. For such fish once a day or even more infrequently with frozen or dried foods is best. For the largest specialist predatory fish live foods should always be fed because frozen fish or dried food will not contain the correct micronutrients. Non predatory fish should be fed a couple of times a day with frozen or dried foods. Your pet store will carry dry fish food as well as frozen and live food.

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