Different Types of Live Foods for Aquarium Fish

Posted By: Amod Pingley | Views:1580 | 22 Jul 2013 11:30 am    


 Today with advanced science, technology and knowledge, there are a number of processed ready to use aquarium fish foods available in the market. But despite all the effort, there is still a need to feed the fish some varieties of live food as often as possible. Not only does live food feeding serve as an occasional treat for the fish, but also does it provide a lot of nutrients that may be lacking in the manufactured store food. Live matter is perishable and thus one needs to be careful while introducing it in the feeding routine so that the food is fresh and without any signs of decay or infection. Fish will generally eat anything and everything that is offered to them and in cases where the food has decayed, may cause the fish to eat and then get sick or catch some or the other disease.

In cases where cultured live food is made in a healthy environment, there is no fear of it being infected or chemically treated. In the wild the most common form of live food that the fish graze on is Plankton. These are minute floatinglive forms that consist of very small aquaticplantsand animals. One of the best sources of natural nutrition, even food manufacturers include some form of plankton in the food they process. Another live food that is favoured by all fish and expert fish keepers is the live Tubifex worms. Unfortunately because of the unhealthy conditions that these worms grow in, like sewage dumps for example, they are also known to carry diseases such as tape worms. Normally rinsing out live food thoroughly before introducing it into water and adding some kind of anti-bacterial medicine will greatly help reduce the chances of carrying the disease into the aquarium. Again this method is very preliminary and can only help in getting rid of external disease factors.

Tubifex worms are said to carry disease within them. Thus one has to be very cautious while introducing them to the fish. Some live foods are cultured to feed even the most smallest of the fish. Micro worms are one of the simplest fish foods to culture and are primarily used to feedfishfry. Brineshrimp is one form of live food that is considered to be the best of all. Mostly used for small fry fish, it is said to have remarkable growth impact on the fish. They basically come packed in cans in their dormant stage and can be hatched as and when needed. These eggs can be stored for months and even years. The most common and easily available form of live food that is easy to rear is the Earthworms. They are very popular among some large fish varieties like the Cichlids.


 Earthworms are regarded as the most complete source of nutritional food in nature. They are high in vitamins and calcium. Not to mention they have rich supplies of proteins too. Studies indicate that fish that are fed on earthworms grow at a very fast rate as compared to other foods. Culturing Earthworms is easy. They can be cultured in a rich, clay free soil. They can be fed on decaying vegetables matter. It is important to keep the worms well fed but overfeeding should be avoided to ensure that the soil doesnt turn sour. Today a lot of institutions promote wormy culture even for households that do not keep fish to generate compost for plants. Earthworms can be cultured in a small bin or box with a moist layer of soil and a equally moist sack on the top. Some scraps of vegetables should be placed in between the sack and the soil to encourage the growth of the worms. Finally a starter culture should be place in the bin and over a period of time, the worms can be harvested as per requirement by just lifting the sack and removing the worms that are stuck to the sack.


 Mostly used for feeding small fish fry, culturing micro worms is also an easy process. Once a starter culture is available, it needs to be transferred to a large container that has some holes made on the lid to ensure there is exchange of air. Generally oatmeal is used for the culture to feed on. Along with that a table spoon of yeast should be mixed to the culture. In about 4 to 5 days the worms will start climbing over the walls of the container. Once harvested, they can be fed to the fish using an eye dropper.


 Daphnia are also regarded as an excellent supplementary food for fish of nearly all sizes. They are a rich source of fiber. Most of the aquarium stores sell live daphnia and can be the best place to hunt for a starter culture for cultivation. A long container that has an access to plenty of sun light is all it takes to get it going. Once the starter culture is placed in the container with water, it can be fed with lettuce leaves and yeast. Over feeding should be avoided as it can quickly foul the water. In a weeks time the container should be filled with the daphnia that can be harvested with a fine net, rinsed thoroughly and fed to the hungry mouths.


Brine shrimp is considered as the best food for fry. Given to all sorts of fresh and marine water fish species, it is said to have the best growth impact on growing fish fry. The eggs of the brine shrimp are easily available for home cultivation. The shrimp eggs can be placed in a jar filled with salt water. Within 2 days the shrimp hatch and can be fed to the fry. Adult brine shrimps also can be fed to slightly larger fish. Again as mentioned before, the biggest advantage they have is that they can be stored for a long period of time and can be used as and when the need be.


Some other excellent live foods that can be cultured in small ponds include Blood worms and mosquito larvae. Some large varieties of fish such as the cichlid species can be fed on larger forms of live food such as meal worms. These other live foods are especially good as they are full of vitamins. Fish breeders across the world use these live foods on a regular basis as these seem to trigger the spawning process. A lot of controversies are there on the topic of feeding live foods to aquarium fish. Though they can sometimes prove fatal for the fish, one cannot neglect the fact that they are still the best form of food and nutrition that a fish could have.

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