Every fish-keeper is dedicated to caring for their fish. Feeding and caring for your fish is not just a responsibility but must be something you love doing.
Nowadays, you can find various food to feed your fish. But if you suddenly run out of fish food and can not go to the market, what will you do?
In this article, we will learn what human food can fish eat? And how to make them?
Do you want to experiment with homemade food? Any reason you have, in this article you can find your answers.
Most aquariums can live up to 3-7 days without eating. This type of fasting is not recommended, and it should be reserved for emergencies.
If you run out of food, do not panic. They can live one week without being fed. You can go to the market and buy new fish food for your aquarium fish. You can also try some homemade for this type of situation.
What Human Food Can Fish Eat?
There are two types of human food that your aquarium fish can eat:
Fresh Food or Unprocessed
Depending on your aquarium fish’s diet, you can feed them pieces of whole foods that you would use when cooking your meals.
Your aquarium fish can safely consume fresh vegetables, fruits, and raw meats (no fat). Ensure fresh foods have the right texture (not watery or oily).
The food you give to your aquarium fish should have met the fish’s diet. Do not put vegetable food for predatory fish or meat food for herbivorous fish.
Do not use meat that contains a high amount of fat. Fat can be hazardous for fish.
Do not use processed foods like pickles canned foods. Processed food contains many additive vitamins, and that additive can also be dangerous for aquarium fish.
Unseasoned Cooked food / Minimally Processed
The cooked vegetable does not mean curry, and it means boiled or steamed vegetables, and there should be no seasoning on that food.
You can use boiled peas, cauliflower, pumpkin, carrots, etc. If your fish are herbivorous, this is the best food for your fish.
What Can You Feed If You Run Out of Fish Food
Before you feed other food than store-bought food, you should know your fish diet. Not every fish will eat everything you put as food.
There are three types of diet for fish: carnivorous that only eat meat, Herbivorous that only eat plant or vegetables, and Omnivorous that eat both meat and plant.
Before you give any food to your fish, know what your fish diet is. A balanced diet with various minerals, vitamins, and nutrients is the best diet for any pet fish.
Do not feel guilty about thinking that you fail as an aquarist just because of running out of fish food. This can happen to any aquarist, and this is a common problem.
Type of Fish Diet
Not every fish eat every food you put in the aquarium as fish food. Fish has three types of diet:
Food For Carnivorous Fish
Carnivorous fish means they do not eat vegetables or plants. Predatory fish can not extract nutrients from the vegetable or plant while digesting.
List of some popular carnivorous fish:
- Betta fish.
- Oscar fish.
List live or frozen food you can feed them:
- Brine Shrimp.
You can also treat them with other foods:
- Beef heart.
- Whitefish (cod, tilapia, pollock).
- Table shrimp.
- Chicken scraps.
You should not use this list as their daily food. As mentioned above, this food list is for a treat once in a while. Their best diet should be flakes/pellets.
Avoid feeding carnivorous fish meat with high-fat and oily fish. Oily fish and meat with fat are dangerous for aquarium fish.
Food For Omnivorous Fish
Omnivorous fish means they will eat both vegetable and meat food. Most of the freshwater aquarium fish are omnivorous.
Omnivorous fish’s digestive can extract nutrients from meat and vegetable. They are not so picky about food, so feeding is easy.
List of some omnivorous fish:
- Molly fish
- Guppy fish
- Tetra fish
- Barb fish
Here are some protein-rich food alternatives for fish food flakes designed for omnivorous:
- Insect larvae.
- Crustaceans (shrimp, crayfish, copepods, crabs).
List of some veggies that you can feed for omnivorous:
- Cucumber (seed removed)
- Boiled/Steamed peas.
- Boiled/Steamed carrots.
- Boiled/Steamed potato.
- Boiled/Steamed broccoli.
- Boiled/Steamed pumpkin.
- Boiled/Steamed cauliflower
- Zucchini (seed removed)
Your fish still need enriched fish food flakes to gain vitamins.
Food For Herbivorous Fish
Herbivorous fish means they will eat only vegetables and plants. If you give them meat, they will not eat. Herbivorous fish need more frequent feeding than carnivorous or omnivorous fish.
Here is a list of Herbivorous fish:
- Silver Dollar fish.
- Bristlenose Plecos.
Here is a list of some herbivorous fish food:
- Boiled/Steamed (broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, pumpkin, potatoes, etc.)
- Lettuce and other leafy greens.
Can Aquarium Fish Eat Bread?
The answer is no, and you should not feed bread to your fish. Even if you give them, they will eat the bread.
Bread is made from wheat and contains yeast and preservatives, all of which will cause bloating, constipation, and all sort of digestive issues, which can kill your fish.
So do not feed bread to your pet fish.