A balanced diet for everyone
In order to keep your livestock at its best, you’ll need to offer appropriate, high-quality meals. And it’s not just fish that need their daily rations – corals need consideration too!
Feeding your fish
Specialist marine flakes will suffice for many fish. These contain a good balance of different ingredients that provide a nutritionally complete diet.
Offer food more regularly for plankton feeders. Species like Anthias may need four or five small meals a day just to survive.
Live Artemia is relished by most marine fish, but irradiated frozen Artemia offers a safer alternative. Feed a frozen diet at least twice a week.
Frozen foods in general are excelllent, but be sure to mix it up. Enriched Artemia and Mysis should be staples in your freezer, but also look at krill, chopped squid and green foods.
Many fish enjoy seaweed and various vegetables. Attach some to the glass with a feeding clip, and let the fish graze at their leisure.
Turn down any pumps while feeding to give the fish a chance to eat. Some pumps even have a ‘feeding’ setting for exactly this.
Any uneaten food should be removed with a net after a few minutes.
Feeding your inverts
Some types of coral need to be fed a finely powdered or liquid food that they filter from the water. When feeding corals, turn off the protein skimmer for a short while, as it may inadvertantly remove the food from the water.
Always follow the dosage instructions on the pack closely, even if it doesn’t look as if much food is going in. Giving too much coral food will play havoc with your water quality.
Prepare to ‘target feed’ some types of coral. This involves loading a pipette or syringe with food and squirting a small amount directly at the corals.
Cleaning crew, such as hermit crabs or snails, will also need feeding as they won’t be able to to survive by relying on scraps and leftovers. Offer small morsels of meaty food like brineshrimp.
Anthias needs lots of small feeds.
Food clips will let grazing fish eat through the day.