Fish Pellet Sizes
Fish pellets come in different sizes to accommodate the size of your fish. There are nursery feeds and grow out diets suitable for a wide range of fish jaws. You can crush the fish feed pellets in large size with a pair of pliers to feed to
small fingerlings and also can feed larger fish directly ,but on the whole it’s necessary to get the pellet to match the size of your fish. Mature fish older than 12 months have no problem feeding on larger sized pellets when they hit the water.
How many fish feed pellets do you need?
A 10 kilo bag of fish feed pellets will last about 6 months. You can hand feed your fish three times per day just enough feed to disappear within a minute or two. After a while you will get a feel as to how much feed your fish will tolerate. Fish tend to eat more during their preferred climate conditions. Fish like warm tropical conditions and eat more feed over summer than they do in winter. Sometimes due to barometric weather conditions, an approaching storm etc, they will go off their feed for a day or two.
Sinking or Floating Pellets?
When making fish feed pellets you can specify what type of fish pellet you required – floating or sinking. Some fish feed best on sinking pellets. There is no difference between the two types of pellets. The fish feed pellets made by the fish feed extruder is either pressurized more densely so it causes the pellets to be more compacted which causes them to sink rapidly or they are lightly pressurized in the extruder so they expands slightly, trap more air and are termed as floating pellets. Around 10% of floating fish pellets however do tend to sink.
Big Feeds or Small Feeds?
Lighter feeds more frequently through the day rather than one big feed once a day. Dumping a heap of fish pellets into your fish tank will cause an ammonia spike that can
cause problems if your system is new. Some larger systems use commercial fish feeders that drop a small portion of feed directly into your tank numerous times through the day. This is really a great idea to encourage your fish to strike quickly and an easy way to fatten them up quickly if you are unable to fuss around the tank all day. Ad-hoc backyard feeding methods will mean your fish will take longer to grow out. Giving your fish the necessary protein, keeping your fish pellets fresh and frozen at regimented serving portions throughout the day and into the year is a great way to fatten your fish quickly.
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