FAQ Friday #3: How often (and how much) do I need to feed my fish?

Now we’re talking my language—fish and food!

Normally, we only answer one FAQ each Friday, but these two questions are totally related, so this week you get two for the price of one.

How often should I feed my fish?

We fish are light eaters, only taking in small amounts of food at each feeding. But, fish are opportunistic eaters and will eat any time food is available, so you don’t want to feed too often. In general, most fish do quite well on one feeding per day. Some owners, however, prefer to feed their fish twice a day. The key is to control the total amount. If you feed your fish twice a day, only feed him half as much each time.

How much should I feed my fish?

A good rule of thumb is to feed your fish only as much as it can eat in about three minutes. Take a few minutes every now and then to watch your fish eat. You’ll notice that after three or four minutes, your fish will lose interest and stop eating. If there’s still food floating on top of the water or sinking to the bottom of the bowl or aquarium, then you’ve given too much food. Next time, give your fish a little less food.

Too little food is much better than too much food. Uneaten food produces nasty by-products that can be harmful to your fish. Yuck. Nobody wants a dirty fish tank. Especially your old pal Ernie. Besides, I’ve got to watch my figure.

photo credit: J C D Wikimedia Commons


About Spur@TheAnimalStore

Permanent resident of The Animal Story, Chicagoland's family-friendliest pet store. 4364 W. Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood, IL 847-675-5133 http://TheAnimalStore.com

Posted on March 16, 2012, in Animals, Pet Information, Pets, The Animal Store and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: