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Balanced Nutrition & Vitamins for Fish

Like other animals, certain fish are designed to eat certain foods. Whether the fish is an herbivore (plant eater), a carnivore (meat eater) or an omnivore (plant and meat eater), all fish require a variety of vitamins to stay healthy. Unfortunately, unbalanced nutrition often occurs as a result of feeding the wrong foods.

With the development and widespread availability of dried flake, granular and pelleted foods, feeding fish has never been easier, quicker or more mess-free. However, many fish, especially omnivores, suffer from the effects of an unbalanced diet that is excessively plant or meat based.

It is impossible to mimic exactly what your fish would eat in their natural environment; however, with a little research you will be able to learn what your fish should eat, and where and how you might need to supplement their diet with vitamins to pick up the slack.

All fish require the following vitamins:

  • Vitamin A: found in crustaceans and greens
  • Vitamin B Complex: found in eggs, fish and greens
  • Vitamin C: found in algae, fish eggs and greens
  • Vitamin D: found in earthworms, shrimps and snails
  • Vitamin K: found in greens and liver

    A good place to start is by checking the labels of the fish food you are currently feeding. If the food contains all of the previous vitamins and your fish are healthy, not losing weight and acting well, their food is probably a sufficient source of nutrition. If you are unsure whether they are getting all the necessary vitamins, a commercially available vitamin supplement may help.

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