Feed Your Fishes Frozen Foods?
Frozen foods contain more nutrients than live foods
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Live foods lose nutrition in the shipping and storage process.
Live brine shrimp, for instance, is captured from San Francisco
transported to shipping facilities, sent to Des Moines, then kept alive by your dealer until
you buy it. During all that
time, the live shrimps live off the energy stored in their bodies.
Frozen foods are captured and frozen as rapidly as possible to
preserve all the nutrition contained in the wild-caught living critters.
Certain fishes such as elephant noses and bettas really don’t
like to eat most flake foods. Example:
Young fishes such as oscars two inches and under don’t do well on
flake foods. They survive much
better on flake foods PLUS brine shrimp and worms.
Your babies and picky eaters need frozen foods.
Consider your frozen foods a supplement – not
the main course. Keep feeding
your fishes flake and pelleted foods.
No matter how much your fishes like a particular frozen or live
food, they need a variety of foods. Flake
foods help provide the variety they need.
No single frozen food can provide all their nutritional needs.
Most fish constantly nibble on the algae, the plants, and all the
tiny animalcules that live on all the surfaces in your tank (even on what
appears to be bare glass). For
that reason, aquariums kept too clean are really reducing your fishes’
food supplies. Happily, not
too many of us keep our tanks that clean.
the crustaceans contain carotenoids. Carotenoids
bring out the full color potential of your fishes.
Carotenoids help your fishes develop their reds, oranges, yellow, blues, greens, and blacks.
their reds, oranges, yellow, blues, greens, and blacks.
Conditioning. Frozen foods charge your fishes’ spawning batteries. If you plan to enlarge your tank population, you need to add frozen foods to their diet. Fishes fed frozen foods are also less likely to eat their babies. Fish in spawning condition also develop brighter colors. Example: Give your angel pairs frozen brine shrimp or plankton.
Frozen newly hatched brine shrimp tastes better than flake foods.
Example: Baby guppies
grow faster when fed baby brine shrimp.
And if their mom gets the same diet, she’s less likely to eat her
Fish that eat more grow faster and larger.
Fish prefer frozen foods and thus eat more, so naturally they grow
eating dry food, a frozen food dessert “plumps” them up and makes them
grow just a little bit more.
Oddly enough, feeding frequency probably affects your fishes’
growth rate more than the specific foods you feed them.
Feeding small servings several times a day (up to five) makes them grow faster than one or two
big meals. One or two
big meals also tend to add to the overfeeding (pollution) that
causes most fish deaths.
People that give their fishes feeder goldfish every week (after
week after week) need to try plankton and krill.
They’re easier to feed and provide the variety your Central and
South American cichlids need. And you oscar keepers know
who you are.
African cichlids need vegetation (contained in most African cichlid
pellets and flakes), however they also greedily devour any type of frozen
Water Quality Caveat. Most frozen foods contain juices that leach into your water and feed bacteria – the smaller frozen foods especially. Brine shrimp juices can foul your water. Feed only small amounts or rinse out the excess juices after you thaw your foods. LA
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