Aquaponics Fish Food

C J Evans By C J Evans, 3rd Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A posting covering the options for aquaponics fish food.

Aquaponics fish food advice

The main input of an aquaponics system is aquaponics fish food. The quality of the aquaponics fish food you use will not only directly effect the health of the fish but it will also effect the health of the plants to. It's important to remember that fish tolerate a wide range of feeding schedules very well. To be precise this means they can adjust their metabolism to match the amount of food available to them.

This means that you can use less fish than the textbooks advise you to as long as you then feed them often enough. Many of the larger, commercial aquaponics businesses will use aquaponics fish food a often as once an hour. It's important to take note of the amount of 'waste' or 'fertilizer' the fish are producing. If it exceeds any of the guidelines then you obviously reduce the amount of aquaponics fish food you use.

The best fish feeding rule of thumb is only feed your fish as much as they will eat within five minutes. After five minutes, remove the remaining food from the tank with a fish net. This involves you monitoring your fish and this is a good technique to develop. I'm not really a fan of automatic feeders because it takes away the opportunity to monitor the fish at meal times. The only time I would use an automatic feeder is if I was away on holiday for a number of days.

I have heard a lot of horror stories regarding the use of commercial aquaponics fish food in aquaponics systems. Most of these concerns are just silly worries - commercially prepared fish feed is an excellent source of nutrition for your fish. Aquaponics fish food is made up of proteins, fats, minerals, carbohydrates, and other nutrients that a fish in the wild would have in their normal diet.

On the other side of the coin, you can make and use home grown aquaponics fish food. This can be personally satisfying, save money, and further decrease the environmental footprint of your aquaponics system by further closing the input loop. The most popular of the more 'natural' aquaponics fish food are Duckweed, Worms, Larvae and basic garden scraps. In my opinion, if you are going down the home grown aquaponics fish food then it is advisable to mix the above ingredients to cover all of the fishes health needs.


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