Feeding your marine fish should be an enjoyable part of the hobby – and you need to get it right!
All fish require a varied diet, and many small feeds are better than one or two large ones.
It is also very important to provide the correct food for the species of fish you’re feeding as some fish, when fed the wrong die,t will not live long and may ,show repeated signs of disease – for example Tang need algae in their diet and may suffer from repeated oodinium outbreaks if fed shrimp on a daily basis.
Brine Shrimp (Artemia)
Frozen brine shrimp is possibly the most used feed for marine fish but as an every day diet it is not very nutritious but new types of brine shrimp with additives fed or added to the shrimp before freezing have made this food much better.
We stock frozen Brine shrimp plus garlic, Brine shrimp plus omega 3 and Brine shrimp with spirulina all designed to balance the diet.
Fish like Tang’s, Angelfish etc need algae in their diet as a main source of food, these fish spend all day grazing the reef eating algae, their intestine is short compared to a fish that eats high protein diets that consist of other fish or shrimps, so when fed shrimp alone they have problems digesting this, which then leads to other problems like weight loss and diseases like oodinium (marine white spot) which is not easy to cure in a mixed reef system. Seaweed Select produce three types of marine algae all has been enhanced with garlic to aid better digestion.
Variety is the spice of life!
All fish need to have a varied diet so include different foods at each feed change, from brine shrimp to mysis shrimp or krill and don’t forget the benefit of a good marine flake food this has many extra vitamins added to promote longer and healthier lives.Remember, when using frozen fish food’s, to defrost it before feeding.The easiest way of doing this is to take a small cup of water from your aquarium and drop the portion of food in to defrost for a few minutes, then as you pour it into your aquarium it will disperse allowing all the fish to feed.
Corals need feeding as well, some benefit from direct feeding with a pipette most are happy with a liquid food such as Marine snow or Phyto plankton, feed sparingly so as not to build up a high nitrate or phosphate reading.
Anemones need food, a feed of defrosted whole mussel or cockle every now and again possibly only once a fortnight. If you have clown fish hosting in an anemone give them a piece of food that is to large for them and they will push it into the anemone and it will feed itself. Remember that on the reef no one goes around shoving food in anemones so if you give them too much food they will regurgitate it later in the day and it will rot in the tank.
Lighting plays a part with food for corals and anemones, all these creatures have a symbiotic algae in them, it goes by the complicated name of Zooxanthellae algae, this algae needs to stay alive for the coral or anemone to stay alive so the correct lighting for a reef is a must, this will be a marine matter for the future.
The use of garlic cannot be under estimated, it helps with digestion and enhances the immune system of fish which in turn helps prevent disease.
Some foods come with garlic added to them but a garlic supplement is available to pre-soak foods before feeding.
All foods and additives are available from us in store where we can guide you to a happier aquarium.