Do you know how to feed aquarium fish? Experienced aquarists are not asked such questions, as they successfully cope with this task.
But for beginners, the situation is somewhat different, and they often go to extremes: fish are found only on dry or artificial feed, or else only on animal feed.
Quite often there are such moments when fish are kept on benign, but monotonous food. In order not to harm your pets, you must adhere to the golden mean, that is, feed aquatic organisms with various feeds, among which must be dry, vegetable and live.
Most artificial feeds that enter the market of aquatowers contain the whole range of vital substances and components. Some imported feeds contain even hormonal preparations that affect the bright color of the fish and high-quality reproduction.
Here the relevant question is brewing: Why then it’s impossible to completely replace natural food with artificial ones?
Remember, never do this, because the bulk of the fish living in natural waters are fed by moving objects and artificial food is eaten only in the aquarium. Accordingly, live food not only supports the fish’s organism with a spectrum of nutrients, but also supports natural reflexes that contribute to the preservation of the natural behavior of fish in the aquarium.
You can grow full fry only if you feed the fry only with live food. Do not disregard the fact that excessive feeding of fish with artificial food will most likely ruin the water in the aquarium.
But live water feed you will not spoil.
The most popular and widespread live food, which is widely popular among aquarists and its fish are eaten with great hunts – it is a bloodworm. It has all the necessary substances for normal life, fats, amino acids, proteins and carbohydrates. If hydrobionts receive bloodworms as the main feed, they will develop properly and reach maximum sizes.
In addition, these fish bring high-grade and healthy offspring.
Moth is produced in the silt soil of a natural reservoir by rinsing through a special sieve. This work is quite laborious and painstaking.
If you are an amateur and you do not have free time, it is better to buy bloodworms in the market or in the pet store. When buying a moth, pay attention to its appearance.
Larvae should have a bright color and they should all be alive. A sluggish and sedentary moth is better not to buy, since the larvae will not be completely viable, and you are unlikely to save them.
If the larvae are of dark color with a bluish tint, this means that the bloodworm was kept in a tightly closed container. Even if you reanimate him, he will not live long.
Very often in the purchased crank can be a large amount of garbage. Before putting the larvae in storage, it must be washed and cleaned of this garbage.
To do this, you will have to arm yourself with a net and, under running water in a small tank, select live bright larvae and remove the dead along with the garbage. Ideally, use either boiled water or from an aquarium.
The fact is that due to the high concentration of chlorine in tap water, the bloodworm can quickly die.
After washing the bloodworm is going to a rag, which must be slightly squeezed from the water and put in the refrigerator for storage. The maximum allowable layer of larvae should not exceed 1 centimeter. This will allow you to keep the bloodworm for a week or two.
In addition, you should regularly make sure that the medium in the box is wet.
When you feed the fish with a bloodworm, get ready for the fact that it will immediately begin to sink, and the non-eaten part of the larvae will be buried in the aquarium soil. After a few days, such little faces will turn into mosquitoes, fortunately, not blood-sucking. To prevent such an incident, it is better to use a special floating feeder with small holes through which the bloodworm will gradually enter the aquarium and the fish will feed on it.
You can try feeding the fry and the growing fish with an incisive bloodworm, only at the time of this it will lose some of its nutritional value.
When feeding live feeds from natural water bodies, the probability of infestation and infectious diseases in the aquarium increases. If you properly prepare food for storage, then you can minimize this danger.
First of all, live food should be thoroughly rinsed under running water, and only then feed it to the fish.
Coretera, the face of the Corethra mosquito, is used much less frequently in feeding fish. This larva grows to 1 centimeter in length.
It looks transparent with a greenish or yellowish tinge. The coretress is a bit simpler, because it floats in the water column when feeding and does not dig into the substrate like a bloodworm. This allows the aquarist to bring a decent amount of food to the aquarium.
Fish will gradually eat the larvae. In nature, the corelet is not as common as bloodworm, but it is much easier to mine
It is caught in natural waters with the help of nylon nets with the appropriate size of cells.
In contrast to the bloodworm, the nutritional value of the corret is an order of magnitude lower, but it is quite suitable for complex feeding of aquarium pets. By itself, the corelet is a predator. Accordingly, it cannot be placed in an aquarium populated by fry, because it can easily attack fry.
When buying a corret at a pet store or on the market, you should always pay attention to its appearance and condition. The larvae should be active and transparent.
Keeping the corelet larvae is easy. The larvae are best kept in damp paper or a rag at an ambient temperature of 3-5 degrees. For these purposes, fit a regular refrigerator.
It is better to place the chopper in a plastic box or a closed jar, where the larvae are laid with a layer no more than a centimeter. If the above conditions are met, the larvae will be stored for two weeks.
I would like to note one important quality of the coretress – it is considered one of the cleanest feeds, since the probability of infestation of the aquarium with parasites or infectious diseases is substantially less than that of the same pipemaker and bloodworm. In contrast to the bloodworms, the choke is not cut into small pieces before feeding, that is, whole larvae should be fed to the fish.
The most common live and high-calorie food for aquarium fish is a ringed worm, or tubule. In appearance, it is gray-pink in color and grows to a length of 2-3 centimeters.
This feed is produced in silt natural waters near gutters. Since these worms feed directly on sludge, in the intestines they can have a whole periodic table and other undesirable moments that cause various diseases and poisoning in aquarium inhabitants.
If the choke and the bloodworm can be simply rinsed well before feeding, then the tube maker is kept for 2 to 3 days in clean water so that the intestines are cleared of all the nastiness that the worm has safely eaten in the mud. A newly caught pipe scrubber must be repeatedly washed in clean water from dirt and sludge.
Due to the fact that the worms love to curl up into a ball, wash the food will have to be carefully, respectively, which of the worms will need to be broken.
Keep the pipemaker in a bowl with a small amount of clean water and a cool place. Wash the ringed worms every day, and preferably several times a day. To do this, the pipe pipe is placed in a deep and large jar and put under a stream of water.
After the worms sink to the bottom, the dirty water with silt needs to be drained. This operation must be repeated up to 5 times, after which the worms are placed in a bowl with water. There are cases when after washing the pipelayer quickly dies.
The reason is simple – tap water has a high concentration of chlorine, which kills the worms. If you regularly feed your pets only a pipe maker, then they will soon begin to develop organ obesity and infertility.
But for young individuals, this food is very useful, especially for fry.