How to Feed your Fish Properly

The best time for feeding a fish is in the early morning. In general Most fish do quite well on one or two feedings per day. You should feed your fish no more than 5 minutes. It totally depends on what fish you keep.

  • Freshwater fish are quite capable of going for several days without a meal.
  • Healthy adult fish can go for a week or two without feeding.
  • Young fish don't have the fat stores of adult fish and they cannot go without eating very long.

How much amount of food should we give to the fish?

One method of determining the right amount of food for the fish is to feed until your fish slows down their consumption of food.

Following are the rules you should keep in mind when giving food to your fish.

  • A good rule is that you should feed your fish not more than 5 minutes period.
  • If any food is left behind after feeding, time should be removed before it has a chance to begin decomposition.
  • If you find that your fish are consuming the food in a far shorter time than five minutes and seem anxious for more, you may need to increase the amount of feeding for them.
  • On the other hand, if your fish are healthy, but they are only consuming about half of what you're feeding them, you will probably need to start feeding less.
  • Always keep in mind that much more harm can be done to your fish by overfeeding than by underfeeding.
  • Always make sure your fish is fed with balanced food- vitamins, protein, and minerals.
  • A small amount of good nutritional food is much better for your fish than a large amount of cheap food.

Can I feed my fish 3 times a day?

Yes, you should feed your fish 3 times a day, but you can also choose to feed them smaller meals a day for more enjoyment and avoid overfeeding.

Growing babies and slow grazers often need access to constant food, so you may need to feed them three to five tiny meals each day or long-lasting food like Gel food that doesn't break down as quickly in water.

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What is the best time to feed fish?

Most of the fish are awake during the daytime, in the early morning so pick a fish feeding time that is at least 10 to 15 minutes after the aquarium light turns on because every fish is awake, alert, and ready to eat. If you have nocturnal species of fish like khujli loaches or plecos, then make sure to feed them after the aquarium lights have turned off for the day. Since the other fish are less active in the dark, this extra nighttime feeding gives them a better chance of getting enough food.

There are following fish that can safely live without food up to some period of time.

Types of fishTime Period
(Without Food)
Angelfish Up to 1 week
Plecos 10 to 14 days
Betta fish 1 to 2 weeks
Goldfish Up to 10 days
Loaches Up to 10 days
Oscars Up to 2 weeks