Because of the synergy between your fish and your plants, in your aquaponics system, it makes sense that the food that your fish eat is in a way, what you eat. You can purchase quality of the shelf products or grow your own.
So, what would be the right fish food for your fish?
Here, we will give you some options, which will depend on the type of fish you are housing.
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Designed for baby and small freshwater as well as saltwater fish, saltwater invertebrates, corals and reef tanks, shrimp eggs will not only stimulate growth in your fish but enhance their color.
The color enhancer is due to the beta-carotene in the shrimp and in addition, they contain high levels of lipids and essential unsaturated fatty acids, which is needed for biologicalprocesses.
It is good to know that you do not just throw these babies into the fish tank. Nope! You have to grow and hatch the shrimp eggs. But don’t worry.
A pretty simple process of placing water, baking soda, an air pump, the shrimp eggs and salt into a glass jar. But be sure to follow the directions and measurements on the packaging. Around 24 hours later you should see live shrimp.
Once you do, you can clean them and feed them to your fish. A point to note is that you need to feed the freshly hatched shrimp to your fish within a 24-48 hour period or they lose all their nutritional value. You will need to play around with the amount of shrimp eggs you hatch in one batch so as not to waste any. This will depend on how many fish you have.
They are similar to sea-monkeys really, so if your kids want to, it would be a cool process to watch.
For a relatively simple process, you will be paying a relatively simple price. Happy hatching!
Now, these little guys come all ready hatched and ready to use.
Originally made for aquatic turtles, larger freshwater, marine aquarium fish and invertebrates, these red shrimp can be fed to smaller fish. Just break them up into smaller, bite sized pieces before you throw them into the water.
As they are very high in protein, you can be assured your fish will be getting their full quota whether used as a staple diet or a treat.
There has been a noticeable increase to the fish’s weight gain after eating these dried red shrimp, after a few days.
And note that you are getting a lot of shrimp for a really low price! So, make sure you read the expiration date and ensure you can get through the lot before it expires.
New Life brings you a compact little jar filled with tiny little pellets, which your fish will just love.
From clown fish, flame wrasses, anthers and powder blue tang, you can’t go wrong with these nifty little pellets.
The product is filled with the good stuff to enhance the color of your fish as well as give them all the nutrients they need. An easy to digest pellet, you can be assured that there will be less waste and cleaner water.
It is good to know these pellets are high in protein and have a good mix of health fats and fiber.
A decent price for a decent sized jar.
Now, not the most appetizing looking individuals, these freeze-dried blood worms will have your fish jumping out the water with glee.
And, in addition, they are filled with all the nutrients your fish need, from a high level of protein, good healthy fats, fiber and phosphorus.
Packaged for Betas but good for all small to medium types of fish, they will love you for this yummy treat.
As Tetra has been around since 1951, you can be assured of a quality product right here.
For those who are avid fisherman, you may be worried about the undesirable organisms which can be found in live blood worm, but these freeze-dried blood worms have been processed and tested to eliminate these.
For a very, very low price you are getting a whole lot of bloodworm!
Now, these are your traditional fish food flakes that we all grew up with, but with a little modern flare.
TetraMin brings us a flake that firstly, doesn’t cloud the water and also is loaded with nutritional goodness for your fishes.
Their flakes are easily digested which is good news for your fish and good news for you, so you won’t be cleaning up their mess too often and their water will be clearer and cleaner.
In addition, there is beta-carotene to enhance the fish’s color, nutrients to assist with their immune system and it helps your fishes to live long, healthy lives.
Good price too for a whole lot of food.
Lets move on to the big fish, literally! These jumbo freeze-dried shrimp are ideal for the larger variety fresh or saltwater fish but can be used for smaller fish, if you break them up a bit.
Excellent source of protein, roughage, fat and vitamin E, your fish will begin to show signs of renewed energy and growth in just a few days.
Due to the contents, naturally pink and orange fish will show signs of a brighter hue.
Again, originally developed for turtles, but as above, can be used for fish.
A rather large price but then you are getting a rather large can.
Hikari bring us freeze-dried bloodworms, free of harmful bacteria and parasites, which is, of course, good to know.
They are packed with multi vitamins and are known to reduce stress levels in fish and assist with stress-related diseases.
Another product that doesn’t cloud the water.
Because they are freeze-dried, in that they are dry, they will float, so for your bottom feeder fish you will need to soak them a bit and push them to the bottom of the tank.
A good size jar for a reasonable price, you can’t go wrong with these freeze-dried bloodworms.
Specifically designed for your goldfish, the TetraFin flakes are loaded with all the goodness your goldfish need. From vitamins, minerals and trace elements, including omega-3 fatty acids, you can be assured of a healthy and happy goldfish.
These flakes, as in the old days, will not cloud the fish’s water and are easily digestible, meaning cleaner water and less cleaning for you.
Again, a quality product from Tetra and a good price for a lot of flakes.
When it comes to aquarium or tropical fish, you want to make sure you’re giving them something special to eat, because they are built differently to your old, run of the mill guppies and goldfish. (no offense!)
These very strongly fishy smelling flakes will have your fish lapping at the water's edge in no time. Loaded with all the goodness that your fish need, from beta-carotene, protein, fiber, good fats and more, you won’t need to supplement your tropical fishes diet at all.
In addition, they don’t crimp or collapse when the fish begin nibbling. Holding their shape, you won’t need to worry about bits and pieces floating around the water, clouding up and making things all murky.
A good-sized jar for a good price!
For those Cichlid lovers out there, here is a real treat and all round winner for your fish.
Filled with the nutrients your Cichlid’s need, from South American, Central American andAfrican Cichlids alike.
TetraCichlid flakes will enhance your fish’s lifespan, assist their immune system and provide them with disease fighting goodness as well as helping them with stress.
Vitamins, Biotin, Omega-3 fatty acids and Immunostimulants are just a few of the awesome ingredients in these flakes.
Note that this is a large container and in addition to this lasting a long time you are not paying a fortune either.
So, as mentioned, the food you feed your fish in your aquaponics aquarium is vital to not only their longevity but to the health and sustenance of your fish.