Advice

How often should I feed my fish?

It’s important to remember that in the wild, fish are opportunistic feeders. That is why when they are placed in an aquarium and offered food, they generally eat the lot.

Giving your aquarium fish a lot of food at one time is poor aquarium practice. You should break feedings into smaller amounts spread across the day.

Try feeding your fish two to three times a day, and each time you feed them, ensure that ALL the food has been eaten in around 30 seconds. It is a very small amount.

Putting too much food into an aquarium can cause various problems, including:

  • Cloudy water in your aquarium
  • Clogging of filter impeller, sponge or cartridge
  • An increase in algae growth inside your aquarium
  • Fish might have a swollen stomach due to constipation
  • Fish may lose buoyancy
  • Fish may get red-pinky lesions on their bodies due to bacterial infections
  • Fish may get fin rot due to bacterial infections
  • Fish may die due to a high level of ammonia or nitrate in the water

What is White Spot Disease?

The scientific name for White Spot Disease is Ichthyophthirius multifiliis. It is commonly known as Freshwater Ich or Freshwater Ick, and is the largest known ciliated protozoan found on fishes.

This disease appears on the body and fins as tiny white dots resembling grains of salt; hence the nickname, ‘White Spot’. These white spots can join together to form white patches. Other signs of infestation can include excessive flashing (rubbing against the substrate or decorations), laboured breathing, clamped fins, loss of appetite, lethargy and/or reclusive behaviour.

Left untreated, White Spot is almost certainly fatal, as infected fish are weakened by the ever-growing number of parasites feeding on them. Secondary bacteria and fungi attack, and trophonts on the gills eventually restrict oxygen flow and hinder respiration. The ailing fish ultimately succumbs either to the infestation itself or a secondary condition.

White Spot Treatments are available from Vebas Aquariums.