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Advanced Advice for Feeding Aquarium Fish Tips & Trips

In many areas, live food may not be readily available, and substitutes must be found.  One substitute for live food is frozen live food; this preparation of aquarium fish food has the protein, but not the fun.  These tips and tricks will add some fun to your fish’s routine of flake food.

In many areas today, live food may not be available. Here are several tips and tricks to give your fish a “live food type” protein or plant supplement:

  1. Hang a small piece of white meat on a thin cotton string or preferably thread into the center of the aquarium.  Anchor the thread from anything of weight such as a stone or even a pencil and suspend it from outside the tank, possibly from the aquarium hood itself.  The small piece of meat should be either fish, liver, shrimp, prawn, roe or even pork or chicken.
  2. Do not use table food like corned beef, roast beef or pork butt roast which contains a high percentage of fat, salt and other spices added in the cooking process, the fat and spices will dirty the water.
  3. Boiled chicken, boiled or plain pork or any raw white meat is best.
  4. In fact almost anything edible that does not dissolve in water that is natural, healthy and without additives can be eaten by many of your fish.
  5. The substitute for live food being suspended in the aquarium can be cooked or raw, but thoroughly washed so as to avoid fouling the water; for instance, the blood from raw meat should have been washed out first, the oils and juices from cooked chicken should be thoroughly washed as well.

  1. For the vegetarian fish; suspend a piece of lettuce, common iceberg is best, this will give them a live treat, and reduce the dependence of stripping your aquarium plants.
  2. One morsel 3cm (less than ¼ inch), by 3cm or one leaf 20 cm (about 1 inch) suspended in the aquarium for 30 – 40 minutes and then removed is best.
  3. Remove all residue of the “live” treat after the feeding period of 30-40 minutes to avoid fouling the water.
  4. Again frequency of feeding as a supplement in this manner is a matter of controversy, but once or twice a week should be ample to vary your community of fish’s diet and vary their routine.
  5. If possible, vary the type of protein each time, chicken then liver and so on, this gives even more variety to your fish as it would be in nature.  Put the tiny morsels at different heights each time to vary the routine even more.


NOTE:  Most common types of aquarium fish are part time scavengers, opportunists that in nature eat whatever they come across for a quick snack, tiny larva, fish fry, dead fish, plants, or other decaying matter.  The closer to nature, the more at home your fish become.  Remember “A hungry fish is a healthy fish.”

NOTE 2: Different kinds of food and specialized diets are used by breeders to produce specific results.  For best results; you want to vary your fish’s diet when dealing with a community of different fish to fulfill all their needs. 

For example: An exclusive diet of oatmeal and chopped-up white worms is fattening and sometimes used, as in the case of veil tail angelfish, to produce fish with short, rounded bodies, heavy and even a little clumsy when they swim, but desirable to collectors.  On the other hand, dry prepared foods of the flake type, and the slightly laxative live Daphnia, tend to produce normal fast- swimming fish.

Remember, varying your community of fish’s diet is as much to keep you interested in the hobby as it is to vary the fish’s routine.  There are many fine prepared flake type foods in the market today, and your fish can live a full life with a ¼ pinch a day.  In many cases however, varying their diet in the ways described above or with actual live food, will make their lives more full and healthy, while enhancing your enjoyment of our great hobby of fish keeping.

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