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The What to feed fish in a saltwater aquarium?

Updated on February 24, 2011

Saltwater Aquarium Tips

Providing your fish with the right type of food in the right proportions is a very important task.

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Always keep in mind that much more harm can be done to your fish by overfeeding than by underfeeding. At the very least, feed two medium-sized meals per day, one in the morning and one at night. The kind of food to feed depends on the kind of fish you’re feeding.

yellow tang, saltwater fish.
Tangs are beautiful, peaceful fish that make gorgeous additions to a saltwater aquarium.
Tangs are herbivores, consuming mostly algae in the wild. In captivity, they should be fed a plant-based diet of marine algae, of either the dried or fresh variety, and dried nori.
One of the easier tangs to keep is the yellow tang. It will survive under certain less-than-perfect conditions that would quickly bring an end to many of its relatives. They should generally not be housed with invertebrates -such as snails and clams- In a home aquarium, angels should be fed fresh or dried algae as part of a plant-based diet.

Damsels are beautiful fish that stay fairly small (about 4 inches) in captivity. They are good eaters, readily consuming a wide variety of flake, freeze dried, frozen, and live foods. Damsels come in a rainbow of different colors. The only drawback to these lovely fish is their tendency toward aggression. To discourage this nasty habit, don’t keep more than one damsel of a particular species in the same tank. Also, try making your damsel the last addition to a community tank so he will be less territorial.clownfish are an excellent choice for most saltwater aquariums.
saltwater goby fish foods

Diet / Fish Food : Believed to feed on pods and other tiny invertebrates in the sand bed. They are sifting for food and a large live sand bed is very important to maintain them long term. You can also use a feeding stick, turkey baster or similar and place food in the sand near their burrows. You can ween them onto most foods. Tiny pieces of defrosted frozen mysis and brine shrimp, clam and other meaty marine foods should be offered.
Tank Region : Often found near it's burrow in the sand bed. Considered a peaceful utility fish.
Their heads are quite large and their jaws must be quite strong because they have to sift in the sand for their food. -generally speaking they are considered very hardy and disease resistant, but don't risk your display tank with new acquisitions. Always use a quarantine tank for a few weeks at least!

Finally, if you have a functioning deep sand bed (for nitrate reduction) you will not want to keep these gobies. They will disturb deep sand beds by sifting the sand.
Reef Tank Compatible? : Depends on who you ask... We consider them a good fish for a reef tank setup. If you have a deep sand bed that you don't want disturbed then pass on this fish.
Ideally provide your Goby fish with live or frozen meaty foods. Make sure that the Goby fish actually get some food, since faster species might gulp down everything before the goby get a chance to eat anything. Goby fish are usually very peaceful and will do well in a community aquarium, as long as they are kept with non-aggressive species.

In their natural environment, gobies can be found in rocky areas and on the sandy bottom. While delicate in appearance, they are fairly hardy fish and general do well in captivity.
Because they are generally shy fish, gobies should not be kept in the same tank as aggressive fish that may continually cause them stress. They will create a burrow in the sand bed where they can retreat to at night or at signs of danger. They take mouthfuls of sand and build mounds around their burrows. Some recommend that you keep them in tanks with sugar fine sand and to avoid the larger particle sands because the thought is that they can damage their mouths.

Goby Tips
One of my all time favorite fish. -the sand bed, keeping it constantly turned and looking great. -they often make their burrow and don't come out for a couple of days. -can tell they are still alive though because you see the sand getting cleaned and mounds forming. Compatible Tank Mates : They should do just fine with most fish tank mates and invertebrates such as snails and clams, but don't keep them with fish large enough to view them as food such as lionfish, triggers, etc. A large live sand bed is very important since these gobies rely on it for food.

References and further reading
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2 clownfish,…
Saltwater Goby Fish Species Profile and Care Information…


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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Well written article which i so much enjoyed reading from.