Tropical - Fish - Pictures .com

This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Feeding

Fish require the same type of nutrients that they would receive in the wild. This does not necessarily mean you will need to breed daphnia, micro-worms or tubifex worms or any other natural food source yourself. There are many suitable brands of prepared fish food which contain the nutrients needed by your fish. there are many brands including Aquaruim and Wardleys that produce some quality prepared tropical fish food in the form of pellets or flake. Some hobbyists swear by live food such as brine shrimp, daphnia or blood worm. A diet of commercial fish flakes supplemented once a week by a treat of brine shrimp or blood worm have produced some healthy and active fish. Prepared food will give your fish all the nutrient requirements they need and the live food will provide a treat for them. There are also commercially prepared frozen meal blocks consisting of brine shrimp, algae and blood worms.

One major point to remember is don't overfeed your fish. Feed them only as much as they will finish in three minutes. Overfeeding your fish will not only lead to unhealthy and fat fish that will eventually die, the excess food will rot and foul up the tank leading to algae growth. Try to feed your fish twice a day at the same time say an hour after turning the lights on and an hour before turning them off at night. This way the fish get into a routine and will be less aggressive during feeding.

Vacation time may be a worry for the beginner but don't let it be. Fish will not die in a few days with out food. They may be a little thinner but they wont starve. They will eat organic matter, plants, algae and debris in the gravel. A vacation food block may be bought and added to the tank for longer periods of time.


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