Hello colleagues. We continue to deal with the most frequently asked questions about aquarism.
Today on the agenda we have a list of issues related to the feeding of aquarium inhabitants. So let’s go
Before acquiring aquarium fish, you should consider whether you can feed them properly. There are a large number of species of fish that are omnivorous, that is, they can easily eat both vegetable and dry food, as well as animal food.
But there are fish that are difficult to learn to dry food and have to feed them only alive.
The most common, and perhaps the best food is considered to be the bloodworm, koretra, cyclop, daphnia and tubule. In addition, the fish can perfectly eat the gray-black larvae of the devil mosquito, Enkhitreus, earthworms, caterpillars, crickets, cockroaches and other small insects.
It all depends on the type of fish you keep and their size.
Question number 2 – Is it true that guppies can only be fed dry food?
Indeed, guppies for a long time are able to eat dry food without any consequences, they can even reproduce with you. However, if you want to get good manufacturers with a bright color, then those you can not see.
If you need fish to give good offspring and never get sick, your job as an aquarist is to ensure that aquarium dwellers have the right and balanced diet.
Like people, fish need a variety of food. The size of the feed should correspond to the size of the fish, otherwise small fish will not be able to take larger feed, or they will choke, and large individuals will simply ignore the small feed. Fry are fed several times a day, but with adults it is a little different.
Adult fish need to be fed carefully and not to overfeed, otherwise they will shine obesity and death.
Question number 3 – Do I have to give the fish vegetable food? If so, which ones?
Most species of aquarium fish need vegetable feed. Some plant foods serve as a vitamin supplement, and some – an integral part of their daily diet, and for the third and is the main food.
As vegetable fodders, wolfia, riccia, duckweed, filamentous algae, ceratopopteris fern and other aquatic plants that have tender leaves are used.
From the ground vegetation, the fish feed on: leaves of cabbage, spinach, lettuce, which are pre-scalded with boiling water and crushed. Also, some fish can be given oat flakes “Hercules”, semolina and crumb of unsweetened cookies. During feeding, always monitor the amount of feed, do not overfeed.
Question number 4 – How to diversify the diet in the winter season, if there is nowhere to live food?
If you really want, then you can get live fish food in winter. Well, first of all, you can prepare live food in the summer, after freezing them in the freezer and feed them to your pets in small doses.
Secondly, you can use chopped and lean beef, caviar sea fish, squid and lean fish. And thirdly, you can use dried cyclops, daphnia, bloodworms and gammarus.
Alternatively, you can cultivate yourself enchitreus and grindal worms.
Question number 5 – There was an attempt to feed the cockerel fry with egg yolk, but to no avail, the water in the aquarium dimmed and almost all the fry died? What is better to feed them?
As practice has shown, feeding the fry of roosters with a steep egg yolk gives poor results. As a rule, as a result of such feeding almost all the young are killed.
The yolk should be given scanty doses and for no more than 5-6 days, until you transfer them to a larger type of feed.
Newly hatched youngsters are given a “live dust”, which consists of the nauplii of daphnia, cyclops, ciliates and rotifers. “Live dust” you need to catch a net in the waters of the middle band in the first half of summer and spring. The best option for such a net is considered a technical kapron.
As the young grow, the kind of feed needs to be enlarged.
Recently hatched fry can be fed with infusorium slippers, of which there is a huge amount in the old big puddle with plant residues. In order to dissolve the culture of infusorium shoes, it is necessary in spring, summer and autumn in the old puddle with plant residues to scoop from the bottom these very remnants and pour them into a jar of water.
If you examine the contents of the jar through a magnifying glass, you will see the very ciliates that are shaped like a sole. The found ciliates are caught with a pipette and transferred to another container with plant residues.
After some time, when the ciliates begin to multiply, for cultivation they need to be scattered in three-liter jars.
To fully feed the fry, you must have a few cans with shoes multiplying infusoria. Collect them with rubber pears in places where their concentration is greatest. To facilitate this procedure, the ciliates can be attracted with light.
The can is pre-darkened from above and lights are given at the side. In this place ciliates and will be collected.
As the young grow up, it needs to translate larger types of feed, such as small Cyclops and a micro-worm. Microchread can also be easily diluted at home.
If desired, the culture can be bought on the market or taken from other experienced aquarists who specialize in breeding fish and raising live food at home.
Question number 6 – After the rain on the road is going to a large number of earthworms. Can they be used as fish feed?
You can feed the earthworms of the fish, only you have to hold them for a few days in a jar of water so that the intestines of the worms are cleansed of the earth they ate together with the vegetation. Large species of fish (cichlids) can eat whole earthworms, smaller ones – in sliced form.
However, it is not recommended to collect worms if you live in a big city, as the soil in which the worms live is heavily polluted with salts of heavy metals and other filth.