A Fishy Tale It takes some experience and experiments to determine how often a fish must be fed and how much it should be fed. But the vital thing to keep in mind is never over feed your aquatic friend
QUICK READ Tips for new aquarium owners As a new aquarium owner you may be eager to add new fish to the newly set up aquarium but remember that water in the tank is new so let the water stabiliz. Let the gases, minerals and chemicals dissolve in the water. Aquarium water should be treated to neutralize harmful materials, and allowed to stand for a day or so to allow dissolved gases to escape and the pH to stabilize. Don’t add too many fish all at once. Until the bacterial colonies have fully established, the aquarium cannot safely support a full load of fish. Only add a couple of small hardy fish initially.
ow many of you have closely watched aquarium fish being overfed so regularly by its keepers? Those who do so must be under the false belief that the fish must be scooting to the top of the aquarium in need of food. It is not so. The first and foremost thing every fish keeper must know is that they’re opportunistic feeders. If they are given food in time, how do they survive in the wild? They wouldn’t know when their next meal would be. Over feeding would not only harm your pet fish but also its artificial living environment that you have created for it.
Uneaten food when sinks to the bottom of the aquarium will get trapped in the filter resulting in it getting decomposed and polluting the water. And eventually due to the contaminated water in the fish tank, life in it cannot be sustained. Another hazard because of over-feeding is the algae bloom. The fish food that you constantly put in the tank either to see your fish more fleshy or for the fun of watching it eat, if left without consumption for a few days would rot, leading it to produce a tremendous amount of fertilizer that is harmful for the fish. Feeding them the right way is quite simple. Feed them with a pinch
of fish food at different times during the day, instead of pouring a handful of it at a time as their stomach is relative to the size of their eye. After giving food, watch if it consumes it within 30 seconds, if not take out the leftovers floating on the surface to prevent pollution. All species require some level of protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Be it any breed, proteins are essential for them. It helps to repair their cells and body tissues. Lipids too are highly as they are sources of energy. But be on the watch regarding quantity as too much fat can affect its liver’s ability to filter and cleanse the blood.
New aquarium owners often choose fish that look appealing to them, without knowing the environmental needs of the fish. Some fish may fight with one another and yet some others require different water conditions. Always research each species before choosing tank mates. Select peaceful fish that thrive in similar water conditions. Diet is an important element to ensure healthy fish, and the ideal diet goes beyond the simple “flaked” foods available in most stores. Freeze-dried foods and pellets make good alternatives.
FWD Life September 2013 with MovieGear