I have had a lot of questions recently on what I feed my fish and how often, so I will cover that today for this weeks blog post.
First off, the type of fish dictates what type of food they receive. The age of the fish dictates how many times per day I feed them. The younger the fish, the more times per day they will get fed. Let me start by giving you the basics based on the 3 main types of fish that I raise and sell - Angelfish, Guppies, and Pleco's.
My adult and juvenile angelfish receive 2 high quality flake feedings per day. The majority of the time, I will use the Brine Shrimp Flake food as it is good for coloring and protein. Several times a week I will also feed frozen mysis shrimp to them. I use the Piscine Energetics brand as they are bigger and have less water content.If I'm trying to get a pair to spawn, I will feed them the frozen mysis shrimp once per day. This gets them in spawning shape and helps the female load up with eggs.
My adult and juvenile guppies receive 2 feedings per day with either our Brine Shrimp Flake food or our Guppy Growth Granules. Both have a high protein content and are good for coloring. Several times per week I will also feed them freshly hatched brine shrimp.
All plecos receive one feeding of algae wafers one time per day. They will also eat the leftover guppy food so they do not get more than one feeding of algae wafers. Several times per week, I will also feed them some type of green vegetable such as cooked green beans or blanched spinach.
The type of fry determines the type of first foods they are given. Angelfish fry are smaller than the guppy fry so they are given newly hatched brine shrimp as a first food. Once the angelfish fry are a week or so old, I then feed them crushed brine shrimp flake food or the guppy growth granules. During that week, I will also mix in some live baby brine shrimp for them to get them used to eating the flake and granules in addition to the baby brine shrimp. The guppies are a little easier and can eat the guppy growth granules from birth. I do feed them at least 1 time during the day the baby brine shrimp. For the guppy fry, this is followed until they are about 3 weeks old and then they are moved to the adult feeding regiment. The Angelfish fry do not get moved to the adult regiment until they are approximately dime size. The pleco fry eat the same as the parents as soon as they are born.
Hopefully this answers some of the questions regarding my feeding and what foods I routinely use. If you have further questions, please feel free to ask.