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We will try to give you a little intro to aquaristic feeding with an emphasis on marine animals.
The good thing about fresh water aqua animals is, that most of them today are tank breed and used to artificial food. So the main questions that remain is to find the right size and the right content like meaty or algae. If you are not specialized with your animals, a good variety of Flak and Granular food will be sufficient.
Until today most of the marine animals we are taking care of are coming directly from the sea. Efforts for tank breeding are increasing but the percentage is still too low.
To feed these animals that come from the sea, you need to think of what have they eaten until yesterday. The food needs to have the look and feel of what the animals are used to. So we recommend to start with frozen food or even life food like artemia for the first phase.
We recommend having three sorts of frozen food available for critical fishes.
1. Frozen artemia: good acceptance rate, low nutrients – just a good start to make them eat
2. Frozen lobster/fish eggs: good acceptance, good nutrients – larger fishes may not see it!
3. Frozen mysis: good acceptance for hunters like Hawkfish and even seahorses, and larger fishes; good nutrients. Take care to feed them when still fresh!
3. Alternative: Frozen red plankton: smaller than mysis but similar results.
These frozen foods can be purchased at our retail shop: Korallenriff Aquarium Herford!
Once you have success and they do feed in your tank, you should start mixing in artificial food forms. Preferably they should be similar in size, color and form to the food source the animals are used to eat. So for algae eaters like Surgeon fishes and Rabbits, green flakes (Spirulina) is a good idea, for Lyretail Anthias small red and soft granular food may be the best accepted.
Just to be clear, this process may take several weeks. And while I had good success with granular food for some Anthias, not all of them and in some cases not even all individuals from one group are taking the same items. Be patient and keep on trying!
Once the majority of your fishes are accepting artificial food (but not before), it is a good idea to use a feeder. Besides being independent over holidays, weekends and vacation, fishes are getting a different idea on where the food is coming from. Which means that you are not necessarily seen as THE food source and therefore you can observe the fishes in a more natural way.
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