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What are the Basic Ingredients Needed to Make Fish Food

Meta description: If you care about what your fish is eating, it’s best to make your own fish food. But first, you need to know about the basic ingredients of making fish food.

Just like every single terrestrial creature, one of the primary needs of fish is food. For them, the quality and the ingredients of their food affect their health because each species might have a different type of diet. Therefore, if we want to make sure that the food we’re making is tailored to their diet, we need to understand the basic ingredients of making fish food.

Starting point
If you’re new to this field, you should check out the fish food ingredients list on your ready-to-eat fish food package. Then, pick 3 or 4 top ingredients as the basic ingredients of making fish food. Model them to make your fish food and mix with food from their own natural habitat.

According to experts, there are three types of fish based on their diet:

Herbivores: eating plant food
Carnivores: eating meat
Omnivores: eating both meat and plant food

Plant Food

Here are some options to consider for plant food:

Leafy greens such as spinach full of minerals and vitamins
Live water plants, such as Cabomba, Egeria and Limnophilla (commonly available in pet shops)
Fruit and vegetables such as apple, pear, broccoli, peas, and cucumber are rich in nutrients. Some can be fed raw, but usually, you should steam/boil/blanch them before feeding them to your fish.
Garlic is an antibacterial property, and it increases fish’s appetite. Crush, rub the oil/juice onto the food, or mince and add it to any fish food mixture.

Meat Food

Here are some options to consider for meat food:

other fish (trout, salmon, tuna, and cod)
earthworms full of nutrients and very cheap
other aquatic animals such as brine shrimp, squid, and mussels. In some recipes, you can remove the shells.
a little fat (6%) for carnivores. However, don’t overfeed them with high-fat content foods as this can damage their liver and contaminate the water tank.

Additional Ingredients

Aside from the meat and plant ingredients mentioned, you can add some additional to tailor to your fish’s particular dietary requirements. Some additionals to consider are:

gelatin, the most common additional ingredient to add to your fish food recipe. It’s quick and easy to make and can be stored in the freezer.
carotenoid (color enhancing substance) or you can add shrimp, algae, maize, yellow bell pepper, and egg yolk that also contain carotenoid.
beef heart (a good source for protein).
spirulina (help fish to improve digestion and color)

If you choose the basic ingredients of making fish food wisely, it will increase the longevity of your finned friends and save you money. To save more money, you can buy the ingredients on a discount. However, you still have to make sure that you buy organic and fresh ingredients.


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