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Feeder Fish, Crustaceans, and Bugs
Feeder Fish: If you have a pet that requires live food, feeder fish are a good choice. Here are a few feeder fish:
- Rosy Reds
Sometimes feeder fish at a pet store are in horrible conditions, with no gravel, TONS of diseases, not maintained on a daily basis, and dead fish. The best way to get feeder fish is to breed them yourself or buy from a pet store that maintains the feeder fish tanks.
Most feeder fish are fatty, and don't have much nutritional value. Many people don't use feeder fish, as they lead to disease and over-weight fish. But, some fish need them. It's good to keep your self open to more feeder options.
You can also feed a fish crustaceans. There are choices suchs as snails, ghost Shrimp, Blood Worms, Frozen Brine shrimp, Brine Shrimp, Black Worms, Crayfish, fiddler Crabs and more. Crustaceans should not be fed just as a main diet, but occasionally or as a treat. They are more healthy than Feeder Fish. Many Come in different sizes. You would feed blood worms to an angelfish, but not to an oscar
Feeding Fish Bugs
Most Fish love to eat bugs, and they are a healthy dietary plan for any fish. Bugs are easy to come by, but be careful when choosing the right bug to Feed your Fish. Some Good Choices are:
- Some smaller spider species
- Mosquito Larva
- Meal Worms
Warning: Some bug larva are terrible and will eat other fishes' fry. Beetles are dangerous, and Bugs with Mandibles or something on a bug that could damage your fishes' stomach.
- Feed my fish bugs?? [Archive] - Aquaria Central
A useful discussion to follow on feeding your fish bugs, what type of bugs to feed, and what bugs not to feed your fish.
- Proper Fish Diet: Feed the Right Stuff
Fish need protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately few foods contain all or enough of these essential nutrients. Therefore, the best way to ensure all their nutritional prerequisites are met is to give them a varied diet.
- Feeder fish
An article about the pro and cons of feeder fish and different alternatives.