Home-made nourishing feed for aquarium fish
Aquarium fish can be fed with both organic feed and artificial feed. Most of the aquarium maintainers use artificial feed mainly because of scarcity of organic feed and difficulty to collect them. Different varieties of fish have different feeding habits.
Ornamental fish are generally classified into three, namely herbivorous, carnivorous and omnivorous. Normally, all types of fish in aquarium eat artificial food. The ornamental fish should not be fed with same type of food permanently. Giving organic food at least once or twice in a week is essential for maintaining the health and vividness of the fish.
The feed should be nutritious because malnutrition can lead to various diseases. Algae, Chironomid larvae, Tubifex worms, earthworm, mosquito larvae etc. are the common organic feed for fish. The artificial feed available in the market cost more than Rs 200. But we can make affordable artificial fish feed using locally available items.
Home-made fish feed formula:
- 250 grams of fish dried without salt or prawns powder
- 200 grams of groundnut cake
- 200 grams of rice bran
- 150 grams of wheat flour
- 20 grams of tapioca powder
- 2 eggs
Mix these ingredients thoroughly to a dough adding sufficient amount of water. Cook the dough in a pressure cooker. Let it cool down. Then add 10 ml fish oil and 2 multi-vitamin tablets and mix again.
Pour the batter into a dispenser and squeeze it through an appropriately shaped filter. Dry this well and keep in airtight containers. This feed can be stored upto three months. The feed is likely to lose some nutrients like Vitamin C when it is stored for long.
The home-made fish feed should be never kept in open containers because this will lead to loss of its natural aroma and nutrients and also lead to fungus growth. The fish should not be fed with stored feed, if it has developed fungus on it.