Nutritional Requirements of Ornamental Fish

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The nutrition of ornamental fish is concentrated around 3 major sources of energy, including:

  • Carbohydrates (starchy food, e.g. plants, – difficult to digest by carnivores)
  • Lipids (fats and oils, plants/animals tissues- easily digested)
  • Proteins (Mostly from animals)

Additionally, vitamin enriched food sources are required for healthy growth in captivity.

Proper feeding is essential to the development of healthy fish that are resistant to certain diseases. Nourishing feeds will further enhance the productivity of the animals by encouraging the growth of muscles tissues and developing reproductive cells. It must be noted, however, that not all food consumed by fish is converted to usable energy. As a result, the weight gained by the fish is not equal to the weight of the food eaten by the fish.

Pay attention to the nutritional profile of the feed sources chosen and how they meet the growth stage and dietary needs of the fish. For instance, younger fish may require a diet higher in fat than that of an adult fish and require multiple meals per day. As the fish matures the amount and type of feed fed will change.