Are You Overfeeding Your Fish?

Healthy fish will always be hungry -- so how do you know if you're overfeeding them?  

As a general rule of thumb, you should only give your fish the amount of food that they can consume in 30 seconds.  If they have eaten all of the food in 30 seconds, you can give them the same amount of food again.  Feeding your fish once a day like this should suffice.  However, you can alternatively feed them twice a day.

What happens when you overfeed your fish?

Overfeeding is detrimental to the balance of your aquarium health.  Uneaten fish food that decays will increase the ammonia levels in your tank.  This results in more bacteria than the nitrogen cycle can handle (and you'll get more algae)!

Overfeeding your aquarium fish and upsetting the nitrogen balance can leave your fish feeling sick.  They might have frayed fins, gasp for air at the surface, or have white spots known as Ich. These common tropical fish illnesses are the result of poor water quality.  If you have a tropical fish tank at home, make sure that you are feeding your fish the right amount of food to keep them happy and healthy.

Need to pick up some more fish food or have a question about the type of food that you should  be feeding your tropical fish?  Visit our store!  Our Mineola location has everything you need to care for your tropical fish tank, including food, nitrogen and ammonia test kits, and algae cleaners.

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