If you’ve recently purchased a fish, you may be wondering if the zooplankton products in our store are suitable. Put simply, all marine and freshwater aquarium fish are suitable to feed on live foods such as zooplankton. The following links contain the exact list of these species.
Benefits of feeding your fish and aquaria live foods:
Some of the main benefit associated with zooplankton or other live foods for aquarium fish is their nutritional content. Live foods are high in protein and rich in nutrients because which makes them healthy for your aquaria they have not been heavily processed like most commercial fish foods. They are also excellent for conditioning fish prior to breeding. Another benefit of live foods is that they can be gut-loaded to increase their nutritional value.
Gut-loading is simply the process of feeding the zooplankton copepods, insects or feeder fish healthy foods that will then be passed on to your fish when they eat the live foods. It is also worth noting that live foods will not break down and decompose increase ammonia like commercial flake or frozen foods, and many fish find live foods to be more palatable than commercial foods. In fact, live-caught saltwater fish often do not accept anything but live foods in captivity because that is what they are used to eating in the wild.
Live foods are so much cleaner to use in your aquariums or cultures and any uneaten food just swims or crawls around until finally eaten. Cleaner foods mean less cleaning less frequent water changes. Not to mention more stable pH levels and other parameter levels this is due to not adding the waste from partly decomposed and rotting fish etc in flake foods and ammonia from frozen then partly thawed and refrozen from frozen foods.
With live food, you get to see and examine the condition of the feed prior to adding into your aquarium. Good healthy live food means good healthy aquaria.