Feeding Aquarium Fish

Feeding aquarium fish will probably be an every day task for you. If you miss a day of feeding, it’s usually not a bad thing. Fish don’t necessarily need to eat every day. If that fish wasn’t living in your tank it’d be on nature’s feeding schedule. The fish would probably get lots of food for certain time periods and then little food for certain time periods.

Common aquarium fish feeding schedules

That being said, common feeding schedules are: 1 time a day, 2 times a day, 5 times a week, etc.

As you can see, aquarium fish feeding schedules can vary.

As a suggestion, it’s probably a good idea to try to feed the fish once a day. If the aquarium fish are fed very little amounts of food, maybe twice a day would be a good idea for feeding.

Do not overfeed your aquarium fish

Overfeeding fish is the most common mistake that is made by new aquarists. Your fish do not need a whole pile of food. Feed them small amounts.

What is a good amount to feed? Two good techniques to ensure that you don’t overfeed fish are the following:

  • Feed the aquarium fish only as much food as they can eat in a few minutes. 5 minutes.
  • If food is falling to the bottom of the tank, you just fed them too much.

And that is pretty much it. Not too hard.

Feeding aquarium bottom dwellers

If you have bottom dwellers in your tank, feed them a few pellets of food that fall to the bottom maybe 3-5 times a week.

If the bottom feeders are always busy eating up algae, detritus, fallen food and any other junk on the bottom of the tank, you probably don’t need to try to feed them specifically.

Feeding rings

Some aquarists find feeding rings useful during feeding. A feeding ring is a floating ring that is anchored to the glass somewhere in the tank, usually by means of a suction cup. Feeding rings prevent the food from floating all over the surface in the tank. Fish feeding rings will help to prevent food waste in the fish tank.