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- will not really have the focus and attention of the segments in the fish feed industry involved in large scale fish farming - no matter what, whether this is related to big scale feed or feed ingredient production.


A plecostomus is a grazer and will not rapidly eat feed presented to it.

resulting in a greater feed requirement (until the temperature reaches significantly above the optimum range). • Once an optimal diet is determined, most tropical aquarium fish can be fed as much as they will consume in 1-3 minutes once or twice per day. If uneaten feed remains, it should be removed, and future feedings reduced to prevent water quality problems. However, the species' feeding habits must be considered. For instance, a plecostomus is a grazer and will not rapidly eat feed presented to it. All rulesof-thumb must also be carefully balanced with water quality. Even if significant fish growth is desired, the fish will suffer less from a restricted quantity diet than from poor water quality. • All fish food should be kept cool and dry to slow the deterioration of important nutrients and eventual spoilage. It is better to buy smaller quantities of food and replace it more frequently than to buy in bulk and store it. So here goes the puzzle in terms of

production and commercial focus for fish feed producing companies: • Large scale fish feed and feed ingredient production, product development and nutritional research mainly focuses on fish farming, where there is only one specific fish species in question, and where the feed is developed, designed and composed from a nutritional point of view of just matching the given requirements of that given fish species in question • When compared to commercial fish farming, the volumes and the market sizes of the feed to the overall ornamental fish market are at a much lower scale and level - and these segments are often niche segments • As a concluding remark, the final fish ornamental feed products and the related market in terms of R&D, product development and production in relation to the challenges discussed above in this article: - will mainly be dealt with by the companies involved in the niche part of this fish (ornamental) feed industry

More information Michael Jensen, Chief Commercial Officer, Unibio A/S , Denmark. E:

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