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Feeding Aquarium Fish

The most basic rule of feeding fish is to feed them as much as they will consume in 5 minutes and no more. This can be repeated 2-3 times daily, but generally this level of feeding is unnecessary for adult fish. 1-2 times per day is usually adequte, with at least one day off each week.

One of the main causes of algae and snail outbreaks in an aquarium is overfeeding. Uneaten food sinks to the bottom and if not consumed will soon decay and foul the water. Snails, catfish and loaches can all help to remove uneaten food, but it is far better to underfeed. Fish can survive very long periods with NO food, and this is normal for many species. Slightly hungry fish will show themselves more and will benefit from a cleaner tank.

Most people are familiar with the standard aquarium foods, in flake, pellet, and tablet forms, but there are a whole range of other choices: from living worms and flies, to frozen bloodworms and beefheart recipes. All have a place in a varied fish diet, and will help induce spawning, maintain health, colour and above all happiness of your fish!








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Cichlids? There are estimated to be over 2000 different Cichlid species in the wild, of all sizes, shapes and colours. Many require very specialist conditions such as those coming from the sandy/rocky waters of Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika. Others, such as the Apistogramma dwarf cichlids from the Amazon basin require softer water and a well-planted tank. In general cichlids do not make good community fish as they can get quite aggressive, especially when spawning - but a specialist cichlid tank is certainly a sight to behold, and can be very rewarding for the more experienced aquarist


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