Natural Dietary Supplements
Symptoms As in the disease of freshwater fish, hole-in-the-head, holes develop and enlarge in the sensory pits of the head and down the lateral line on the body. The disease progresses slowly, but the fish does not seem to behave differently. Advanced stages can lead to secondary bacterial infection and death. Treatment There are no specific treatments for this disease, although some experts recommend the use of antibiotics. Check your water quality and make any necessary adjustments. You should also make sure that you are meeting the nutritional needs of your fish. Diversify their diet and add vitamin supplements to their food.
One should keep records of all water tests carried out. Include the date, time, and any comments needed to describe conditions in the aquarium at that moment. In this way, you develop a history of conditions in the tank that can be of great value in diagnosing problems later. Such a log can also help identify trends in water-quality fluctuations, enabling corrective action to be taken before such fluctuations become serious. One can purchase record books with printed forms for aquarium records, or use a simple loose-leaf binder. Include in the record the date and amount of water changes and the name, size, and date of introduction of each specimen placed in the aquarium. Other important data are such things as date of lamp replacements, feeding schedules and type of foods preferred, and events such as spawnings or deaths of animals. Also record purchase dates for equipment for warranty purposes (staple the receipt to the page as proof of purchase in case a warranty repair or...
Oilier frozen foods include seafood meats and marine algae marketed to marine aquarists. Marine algae have no nutritional value for freshwater angelfish. (Saltwater angelfish are omnivores in a different fish family.) Many seafoods are rich in fats and proteins, and make excellent dietary supplements. You can purchase frozen seafoods al a pet store or make your own at a fraction of the cost. The premier seafood is edible shrimp. Whole fresh shrimp from your
Live food is an excellent source of nutrition for the tropical marine aquarium. Fish fed live foods usually grow faster and have higher survival rates. This is because live foods retain active enzymes that make digestion more efficient. Many aquarists believe live foods are an essential requirement of captive fish and should be fed at least as a dietary supplement. The kind of live food you offer will depend on the size of the fish you are feeding. Small fish, such as freshwater Guppies and Goldfish, are often fed to large predatory fish such as Lionfish.
An aquarist can easily make his or her own fish food - the possibilities are enormous. The following recipe is just one of many. Take some cooked white meat (chicken, turkey, ham) and some seafood (mussels, cockles), also cooked, and mince them with a little water to make a homogenous paste. A vitamin supplement, available from aquarium stores, can be added during this process. This mixture can then be mixed with gelatin (from a sachet of powder, for example) so that the paste does not break up in the water, as this may become a source of pollution. One portion can be distributed immediately, while the rest can easily be frozen in ice trays. The models designed for small ice cubes are particularly recommended for making a large number of small portions. Once frozen, they can be slipped out of the ice trays and bagged up in freezer bags for use as required.