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Feeding Saltwater Aquarium Fish

Obviously, the most important part of your aquarium health keeping is taking care of your fish and feeding your fish is a big part of it. You absolutely need clean water, but if you’re not providing a balanced diet for the fish, they may falter, get sick or even die. The most important point of keeping your fish healthy and balanced is to provide them a well-balanced food plan made up of a range of foods including commercial flakes, fresh vegetables and live, frozen or freeze-dried foods.

Types of Food

If feeding saltwater aquarium fish, there are a wide range of foods to select from. Many aquarium enthusiasts believe that commercial fish flakes are enough to fulfill the nutritional needs of aquarium fish but this is not actually correct. They do present a set of nutrients, aquarium fish need a diverse diet to be able to live well. To accomplish this diversity, you need to be willing to provide your fish a blend of commercial, live, frozen and freeze-dried foods. Some live food examples for saltwater aquarium fish are include brine shrimp, bloodworms and white worms. They can be frozen or freeze-dried form, both are available. Also, you can give your fish frozen or freeze-dried prawns, beef heart, tubifex worms and microworms.


Most aquarium fish will also eat fresh vegetables like zucchini, yellow squash, sweet corn, broccoli, apple, cucumber, carrots and so on. The simplest to serve are corn and peas. They sink to the bottom easily, and are eaten right during the fall, or they after they have sunk to the bottom of the aquarium. Remember that placing fruits in a saltwater tank may raise the amount of sugars in the water which causes formation of algae.

When and How Much to Feed

Herbivores, should certainly get a continuous food supply accessible to them. Supplying your fish little amounts of food once or twice per day is much like the way they eat in the wild than feeding them a ton every 2 or 3 days. Carnivores, however are a different deal. They can go for days without eating, then feed with ton of food all at once. I have been experiencing, that if you have a combination of carnivores, omnivores and herbivores in your aquarium, they will all adapt appropriately and eat what they desire if you feed smaller amounts once or twice per day.

Feeding Tips

  • Don’t overfeed the fish, despite how much you think they need more food. Overfeeding puts strain on your fish and causes detritus to build up in the tank, deteriorating water quality.
  • Learn all about the feeding routines of the fish you own, what and how they eat in their natural, wild conditions.


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