There are a number of vegetables (and some fruits) that can be offered to herbivorous and omnivorous fish, but do wash thoroughly before adding to the aquarium. Suckermouth catfish and loaches particularly enjoy cucumber, courgette, squash, melon, and these can be cut into chunks and a plant weight threaded through to weigh them down to the substrate for ease of grazing. Potato is also popular with plecos. A lettuce clip (often sold for marine aquaria) can be very useful in securing green leafy veggies (lettuce, chard, bok choy, spinach etc) to the glass, allowing fish such as mollies, barbs, and African cichlids to consume a fresh green component as part of their diet. Vegetable matter can be placed in the tank during the evening and left overnight, but anything that is uneaten absolutely MUST be removed the next morning or else it will foul the water.
Finally, for young fry, several 'first foods' are available. These range from liquid suspensions for either egglayers or livebearers, to flake powder when the youngsters are slightly bigger. Alternatively microscopic livefoods such as infusoria can easily be cultured in a small tank on the windowsill, and once the fry are more developed, they can be offered frozen baby brineshrimp and cyclops.
We hope this article has been useful in detailing all the different types of fish foods currently available. Fish that are fed a varied and nutritious diet will display more vitality, show better growth rates, be more disease-resistant, show better colours, and will be more likely to breed.
NEW FROM TETRA FOR 2018 - Maidenhead Aquatics exclusive!
Please click here for a look at the new range of foods from Tetra, exclusive to Maidenhead Aquatics. All foods contain the unique BioActive formula, which incorporates a balanced mixture of Omega-3 fatty acids and essential vitamins for the best health and vitality. The advanced clearwater technology ensures a cleaner feed compared to regular foods, with less waste left in the aquarium and in the container itself.
The team from Maidenhead Aquatics visited this year's Aqua trade show in Telford to check out the latest product releases and aquatic innovations for the coming year from the industy's leading suppliers. Here's our round-up of some of the products that caught our eye and which you can look forward to seeing online and instore soon.