The type of tropical fish food you provide can mean the difference between a healthy, thriving tank and a miserable one. Fish, while not complex animals, will not always eat what is provided for them, and sometimes they may even eat the wrong things entirely! Here are a few tips regarding what to feed your tropical fish.

There are two main types of tropical fish food to consider: manufactured fish food and natural fish food. Depending on the size of your tank and the creatures inside of it, you may need a wide variety of different food types just to keep everyone happy.

Manufactured tropical fish food is an ideal form for many aquarium keepers. These come in the form of flakes, pellets, tablets, and even liquids. What many don't realize about tropical fish that they require complex diets just as we do. Regardless of whether your fish are herbivorous, carnivorous, or omnivorous, they still need carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals just like any creature. Fortunately, there are many high quality brands of manufactured foods that provide your fish with everything they need.

Many fish owners also prefer natural tropical fish food, particularly for carnivores and omnivores. These include foods such as frozen blood worms or freeze dried brine shrimp. This is a perfect way to introduce your fish to the types of food it would normally pursue in the wild. Many fish owners also keep these as treats between meals of manufactured pellets or flakes. You can even find live food such as water fleas, feeder fish, or larvae at specialty fish stores.

When feeding your fish, be sure never to feed them more than what they can consume quickly. While it isn't the world if a few pellets or flakes reach the bottom of the tank, too much feeding can result in the food rotting, which not only dirties your tank, but throws off its oxygen content as well. Usually it only takes a small pinch.

Additionally, try to feed your fish in a way where each type of fish gets a chance to eat without interruption. For example, feed the eager surface feeders first, then drop the pellets for the bottom feeders. This will prevent other fish from eating food that doesn't belong to them.

Finally, while keeping a feeding schedule is ideal, don't worry if you need to leave your fish alone if you're leaving on vacation for a week or so. If you feed them thoroughly before you leave, they should be fine until you get back. Learn more about tropical fish food today!

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