Food for baby angelfish

What Do You Feed Angelfish Fry? — Just Fishkeeping

(Last Updated On: May 24, 2021)

Angelfish fry are so small and delicate that only certain foods are suitable for them. Baby brine shrimp and micro worms, for example, are small organisms and full of vital nutrients. This allows the tiny mouths of the fry to handle the food. It also gives them the resources necessary to grow to a large size at a rapid pace.

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Baby brine shrimp, vinegar eels, and micro worms are the best foods for angelfish fry. These can be fed as soon as the fry reach the free-swimming stage. Prior to this, fry are sustained by their remaining yolk sacs and do not need to be fed. Once the fry are prepared for meals, they will need to be fed 2-4 a day.

Commercial fry foods are available, but you can use hard-boiled egg yolk slurries if live food is limited. To increase the odds of your delicate angelfish fry surviving, provide them with a varied diet. Choose more than one type of live food, and avoid frozen or dried kinds. As soon as the fry are free-swimming, offer a meal, since the tank’s natural infusoria cultures won’t sustain them for long.

What Do You Feed Baby Angelfish?

Angelfish fry are very small when they first hatch. Don’t mistake this tiny size for a tiny appetite. Angelfish fry need lots of nutrient-packed food, provided in multiple feeds each day. Rich, high-quality food is essential for increasing the number of fry that survive.

Experienced angelfish breeders maintain cultures of various foods to ensure that angelfish fry remain healthy. These include:

  • Brine shrimp
  • Vinegar eels
  • Micro worms

Although cultures can be quite pungent, they allow you to produce high-quality food easily. In the early days of free-swimming, fry can only eat freshly hatched brine shrimp and micro worms. Anything else, including older shrimp and worms, are too big.

Can Angelfish Fry Eat Frozen Food?

Frozen options aren’t as nutritious or ideal in the first few weeks. They will suffice if that is all that you can source. The same applies to other commercially-available foods designed for fry at all stages. Be sure to thaw or pre-soak them before feeds.

If you want to offer a varied diet, or can’t find food small enough for baby angelfish, use:

  • Hard-boiled egg yolks
  • Egg yolk powder

When Do Angelfish Fry Start Eating?

Angelfish fry are sustained by their still-attached yolk sacs for the first week of life. In a way, they are eating from the moment they hatch.

Fry begin eating external food sources toward the end of this first week. This is when the yolk depletes and the fry must rely on food provided by yourself, or by natural cultures in the tank.

Will Angelfish Feed Their Fry?

Angelfish parents will protect their eggs and fry with a single-minded drive. They will not, however, provide food for their young. Unlike some species of fish, angelfish make their babies fend for themselves.

You may see the adult pair hovering over their fry as they become free-swimming and begin searching for food. This is a protective instinct, not the adults guiding fry to food sources.

Be aware that if you reach into the tank to feed the fry, the parents will attack you. It can be startling, especially if your angelfish usually respond in a more friendly way.

Unlike other cichlids, the teeth of the angelfish are located in their throat, not their jaws. Their bites won’t hurt overly much.

Will Angelfish Eat Their Fry?

Parent angelfish can eat their own young. This may be the result of stress or confusion. They may also eat a few of their eggs before they hatch. This is a natural behavior, serving as a way for the parents to remove dead eggs from the clutch.

It’s also very common for other fish in the tank to devour the fry. Even placid corydoras won’t pass up the chance to gobble up an isolated fry. Because of this, many people offer angelfish pairs their own tank for breeding.

If the eggs have been laid on a small object you can move, you can attempt to place it in a fry net before the little ones hatch. This will allow you to feed them separately and avoid new parents gobbling up the young.

When To Feed Free Swimming Angelfish Fry

At first, newly-hatched fry sustain themselves on their remaining yolk pouch. The name given to fry at this stage is ‘wrigglers’, as they will wriggle in place for roughly 4 days. You do not need to feed fry during this stage. The yolk provides a complete diet.

Once fry become free-swimming, they will detach from the nesting surface. For another 1-2 days, their yolk pouch will keep them sustained. However, you can begin feeding fry as soon as they are free-swimming. Do not wait any longer than a day or so before feeding. This can lead to massive die-offs, as these delicate fry perish quickly.

Angelfish grow at a rapid pace. To fuel such growth, they need to eat high-quality food multiple times a day. This amount should increase if they aren’t confined to a nursery tank and have to compete for food. Pipette droppers can be useful for ejecting water laden with food close to fry, giving them first dibs.

How Often Do Angelfish Fry Need To Be Fed?

Angelfish fry need to be fed multiple times a day. In breeding tanks free of competition, an ideal number is 3-4 feeds per day. Spread these throughout the day, so that the fry have food near-constantly in their bellies.

Every clutch will be slightly different and may thrive more on different feeding regimens. At the minimum, all fry clutches should have 2 feeds a day.

If you can only do a morning and night feed, offer the fish slightly more food. If you are able to feed them 3 or more times a day, slightly decrease the amount in each feed. Fish will over-eat very easily. Be sure to remove any uneaten food to stop it from rotting in the water.

At 3-4 months of age, the fry will have become juveniles and you can settle down to 2 feeds a day. Revista Brasileria de Zootecnia found that twice-daily feeds were optimal for healthy growth in juvenile angelfish. These feeds also prevent over-eating.

Feeding Baby Angelfish Fry

Angelfish fry are delicate life forms. They will die very easily, and certain foods increase their odds of survival in these early days and weeks.

As small creatures, fry will also struggle to fit certain types of food in their mouth. You need to pick the meals carefully. Here are the best options for different stages of life:

Pre-Made Food

Adult and juvenile angelfish can happily have pre-made foods comprise the bulk of their diet. These foods include:

  • Flakes
  • Pellets
  • Freeze-dried options

Young fry, on other hand, cannot eat this. The nutritional value of dried foods is not high enough to meet their needs. Likewise, the food is too large for their mouths.

Once fry are over a month old, you can begin incorporating pre-made foods into their diet. These foods should only compose a quarter of their diet. Live or frozen foods should fill the rest.


Owners are spoiled for choice when it comes to pellet foods. Hikari First Bites and Aquamunch are two options designed specifically for feeding fry, with the former being tailored for carnivorous fish.

These foods are nutrient-rich and made for fry, even those that are freshly hatched or born. Although these products can be a complete diet, it is best to include them as part of a varied diet.

Angelfish fry, babies, and juveniles can be fed these foods. At the later stages, however, they will be too small for the fish.

Crushed Flake Food

Flake foods are designed to float at the surface. That makes them unsuitable for fry and young angelfish. Adults can be fed flake foods, as can juvenile angelfish over 3-4 months of age.

Flake foods are often labeled as a complete diet for any fish. They can be. However, if you are trying to encourage your angelfish to breed, offer them high-quality foods alongside flakes. This enables larger clutches of healthy eggs to be laid.

You can finely grind up flake food in emergency food-shortages and mix it with water to create a slurry. This is not suitable as a regular part of a fry’s diet, and should only be used rarely in between live culture foods. For example, if your brine shrimp culture isn’t yet large enough to be used for multiple feeds each day, choose the slurry.

Live Foods

Live foods are the best type to offer carnivorous or omnivorous fish at any stage. Angelfish fry benefit from having live foods, especially in their first weeks of life.

Scientific studies have even proved this, with Revista de Biologia Tropical finding that live foods over commercial options are better for growing angelfish. Live foods must still be a certain size for very young fry.

Brine Shrimp

Brine shrimp are the top-recommended food for angelfish fry. They are highly nutritious. Freshly hatched brine shrimp are perfect for angelfish fry, even in the earliest days.

You can scoop up the brine shrimp with a pipette, spoon, or shot glass and tip them directly into the tank. A pipette is the best option if there are other fish in the tank, as you can disperse the shrimp directly over the fry.

Aquarium shops occasionally maintain their own brine shrimp breeding setups. This allows you to buy newly hatched shrimp as needed. You can also set up your own brine shrimp culture, which many breeders will do out of convenience and to save on costs.

You can even order brine shrimp eggs. There are many hatchery kits and a variety of DIY setups. Brine shrimp are quite popular as a food item, and freeze-dried and frozen options are available. Some nutrition is lost in this preparation process, but they are still good options.


Infusoria is a name given to the micro-organisms that live in bodies of water. These organisms include:

  • Algae
  • Euglena
  • Amoebas
  • Stentor

In the wild, these little critters are what angelfish fry eat. In your fish tank, the same will occur if any exist.

However, the infusoria population in your tank is rarely large enough to sustain the fry. For this reason, many aquarists will maintain an infusoria culture.

This is a great food source for newly hatched angelfish fry, as the organisms are tiny and nutritious. It is quite simple to develop this culture, although often unpleasant due to the odors produced.

  • Take a sample of your aquarium’s water and place it in a larger food container.
  • Add a food source, like yeast, and set the container in a sunny spot.
  • After a few days, the water will hopefully become cloudy with micro-organisms.
  • Extract and provide meals to the fry in the same way you would for brine shrimp.

Bloodworms for freshwater angelfish are often the larvae of midge-flies. In the wild, many critters feast on these worms, including angelfish. Adult angelfish love live bloodworms, and young angelfish will happily scoop up small worms.

Bloodworms are occasionally sold live, but are most easily available in freeze-dried and frozen forms. No matter the form, bloodworms should only be given to juvenile or older angelfish.

Even then, bloodworms should be given to them 1-2 times a week, as this food can cause constipation. Bloodworms are not suitable for fry.

Micro Worms

Unlike bloodworms, micro worms are suitable for angelfish fry. You can even set up a culture so that you have tiny, nutritious worms as needed.

Micro worm cultures are widely available and very easy to set up and maintain. All you need are:

  • A container
  • Yeast and instant oats
  • A starter culture

Worms are ready for harvest in 2 weeks, so you’ll need to have this prepared in advance. Micro worms are a great live food for fry and young angelfish.

Vinegar Eels

In spite of the name, vinegar eels are actually tiny roundworms, and not the parasitic kind. They’re:

  • Easy to culture
  • A great food source for fry
  • Can survive in the aquarium for a day

As such, all the fry have a chance to eat at every meal, not just those that reach the table first. It also means the odds of leftovers rotting in the aquarium are minimal.

Even fish too small for baby brine shrimp can suck vinegar eels down easily. Live cultures are easy to DIY, and you can buy starter cultures in a variety of places. Wine bottles, or any container with a long, thin neck, are ideal.

Eels take roughly 2 weeks to grow to a harvestable age. As such, this is a culture you’ll need to prepare in advance. When they are ready to harvest, you can remove them from the vinegar culture before offering them to your fry. This is because the culture liquid is toxic to all fish.

To extract vinegar eels, stuff a cotton ball into the neck and top the bottle off with an inch or so of aquarium-safe water. Overnight, the eels will wriggle through the cotton to reach the fresh water. Use a pipette to suck up the eels and feed them to your angelfish fry.

Do Angelfish Fry Eat Algae?

Angelfish fry will eat algae, alongside other infusoria. These are an omnivorous species, however, and algae alone will not be a complete, nutritious diet.

Green water cultures can be useful if you want to breed herbivorous fish alongside angelfish fry. You can also feed your brine shrimp cultures with green water.

  • Create a green water culture by filling a clear container with aquarium water.
  • Place this container somewhere with lots of direct sunlight.
  • In a few weeks’ time, you’ll likely have a thriving algae culture.
  • Extract the algae as needed and feed it to your fish or other culture critters.

Angelfish can eat algae at any age, including as new fry.

What Do Angelfish Fry Eat In The Wild?

In the wild, angelfish fry will eat whatever they can fit into their mouths. This includes micro flora and fauna, like algae, micro worms, and other tiny invertebrates.

Angelfish have such large clutches to increase the odds of some individuals reaching adulthood. The wild waters angelfish natively live in are full of dangers. Only a small percentage of fry will survive long enough to reach adult size.

Homemade Food For Angelfish Fry 

Aside from live cultures, there are two types of homemade foods you can whip up for your angelfish fry. These are great for feeding unexpected clutches, or those that need food before your live cultures are ready to harvest.

It is best two intersperse other food sources throughout these homemade options. Also note that these foods can quickly foul the water. You’ll need to do frequent water changes and remove any uneaten food from the tank to minimize this.

Hard-Boiled Egg Yolks

Hard-boiled egg yolks are a great homemade food for angelfish fry. You can prepare this in advance or as needed, and store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days. To prepare this food:

  1. Cook the eggs for 7-9 minutes in gently boiling water.
  2. Allow the eggs to cool completely before separating the yolks from the whites.
  3. Mash the yolks into a powder.
  4. Add a small amount of your aquarium’s water to a portion of this powder and create a slurry.
  5. You can also get egg yolk powder to create a slurry.

For fry, you want this slurry to be liquid enough that it can be sucked into a pipette. This will make it easier to disperse the food near the fry, so none goes to waste. Once the fry are over a month old, you can add ground-up fish flakes to the slurry for added nutrition.

There are commercial foods made specifically for fry fish. However, these do not pack the same punch as live baby brine shrimp, micro worms, or vinegar eels – the best foods for fresh fry.

As the fish mature over a few weeks, commercial foods can be integrated into their diet. There is always the option of creating hard-boiled egg yolk slurries for an emergency feed too.

When To Start Feeding Angelfish Fry?

When To Start Feeding Angelfish Fry?

If you’re thinking about starting a fish tank, you may be wondering when to start feeding angelfish fry. The answer is, it depends on the size of the fry and the type of food they are eating.

If you are raising angelfish fry, you will need to start feeding them small amounts of food several times a day. The amount of food they need will depend on the size of the fry and the type of food they are eating. You can start by offering them a small piece of live food or artemia nauplii.

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When To Start Feeding Angelfish Fry?

Parental care in angelfish fry is optional, with some species engaging in it and others not. If the parents do not care for the fry, the fry will need to be removed from the breeding tank as soon as they are born and placed into their own tank. If the parents do care for the fry, they will need to be moved to their own tank when they are big enough to not be eaten by their parents (this is usually around 1/2″³ to 3/4″³).


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The Best Food For Angelfish Fry

Angelfish fry need to be fed small amounts of food several times a day. The best food for them is live food, such as baby brine shrimp or daphnia. You can also give them freeze-dried bloodworms or other small live foods.

How Much Food Should Angelfish Fry Eat?

Angelfish fry can be kept together with their parents, but they need to be fed separately. Fry need to eat small, frequent meals. You can start feeding them live foods such as baby brine shrimp or daphnia. As they grow, you can give them larger live foods or frozen foods such as bloodworms or krill. They should be fed 2-3 times per day.

How Often Should Angelfish Fry Be Fed?

Angelfish fry should be fed several times a day, at least 3 times. They should be given very small amounts of food each time, as they have very tiny stomachs. It is better to underfeed them than to overfeed them. Overfeeding can cause the fry to bloat and die.

What Happens If Angelfish Fry Are Not Fed Enough?

If Angelfish fry are not fed enough, they may become stunted or die. A common cause of death in fry is malnutrition, which can be caused by a lack of food or poor-quality food. Malnourished fry are more susceptible to diseases and are less likely to survive to adulthood.

It is therefore important to ensure that Angelfish fry are well-fed, and this means providing them with a good quality diet that contains all the nutrients they need for healthy growth. A variety of live, frozen and dry foods can be used to feed Angelfish fry, but it is important to choose foods that are small enough for the fry to eat and that will not foul the water.


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What Happens If Angelfish Fry Are Overfed?

Angelfish fry that are overfed can become sick, and may even die. When angelfish fry are overfed, they can develop a condition known as “angel disease”. This disease is caused by a build-up of toxins in the fry’s bodies, and can be fatal if not treated promptly. Symptoms of angel disease include lethargy, loss of appetite, and abnormal swimming behavior. If you think your angel fry might be suffering from this disease, you should contact a qualified veterinarian immediately.

How Do I Know If My Angelfish Fry Are Getting Enough Food?

As a new aquarium owner, one of the most common questions I get is “When should I start feeding my Angelfish fry?” The intuitive answer would be “as soon as possible”, but the truth is a little more complicated than that. In this article, I’ll explain everything you need to know about starting to feed your Angelfish fry.

One of the first things you need to understand is that Angelfish fry are born without mouths. For the first 3-5 days of their lives, they will live off of their yolk sacs. After that, they will start to develop mouths, and that’s when you can start feeding them.

One common mistake new aquarium owners make is assuming that because their Angelfish fry have developed mouths, they should start giving them food right away. However, it’s important to remember that these little fish are still very fragile, and their stomachs are very delicate. For the first few days after they’ve developed mouths, you should only feed them very small amounts of food (no more than what would fit on the head of a pin).


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As your Angelfish fry grow bigger and stronger, you can start giving them more food. Eventually, you’ll be able to feed them as much as they want!

What Are Some Signs That Angelfish Fry Are Not Getting Enough Food?

Here are some common signs that your fry are not getting enough food:

-They are constantly begging for food and appear starved
-They are not growing at the same rate as their tankmates
-They seem weaker and thinner than their tankmates

If you see any of these signs, it’s time to start feeding your fry more frequently.

What Are Some Signs That Angelfish Fry Are Getting Too Much Food?

While there are no defined guidelines on how much to feed angelfish fry, there are some general signs that indicate they are getting too much food. If the fry are swimming frantically or gulping at the water surface, this may be a sign that they are overfed. In addition, if you see uneaten food sinking to the bottom of the tank or floating on the surface, this is also an indication that the fry are getting too much food. If you see any of these signs, it’s best to reduce the amount of food you’re giving them.

How Can I Avoid Overfeeding or Underfeeding My Angelfish Fry?

Overfeeding and underfeeding are both common problems when it comes to feeding fry, or baby fish. It is important to find a happy medium so that your fry can grow up healthy and strong.

One way to avoid overfeeding is to use a small feeder tube. This will help control the amount of food that goes into the tank and prevent your fry from getting too much food at once.

Underfeeding can be just as big of a problem as overfeeding. If your fry are not getting enough food, they may not grow properly or may even die. Make sure to feed your fry several times a day, using a small amount of food each time.

Starter food for fry: what to feed aquarium fry?



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The most difficult thing when breeding aquarium fish is raising their offspring, because fry have special requirements, both for the general state of their environment and forage. nine0003

Moreover, in some species of aquarium fish fry, food preferences can differ significantly. Therefore, any novice aquarist should know exactly: what to feed the fry of various breeds of fish.

Let's start with guppies, since these fish are the most popular with beginners and do not make too much demands on food. In the first few days after their birth, guppy fry should be constantly fed so that there is always enough food in the water. nine0003

The ideal option in this case is feeding with live food, such as live dust or microworm, which is grown on carrots and cut into small pieces. Also, you can buy special live food in pet stores.

From the second week they can already be given cyclops, daphnia and crushed washed tubifex. As for dry food, it can also be given, but not more than once a week. In the first weeks, feeding is done - 4-5 times a day, and then - 3 times, up to two months. Another popular and unpretentious type of aquarium fish are ancistrus. nine0003

Aquarists love these fish because they help in cleaning up their habitat from food debris from other fish. However, you should know what to feed Ancistrus fry, as they are unlikely to thrive on regular dry food. The most popular food for fry of this species is egg yolk.

All you have to do is hard boil the eggs, rub a small piece of the yolk in your hands and pour it into the water with the fish. Further, when they are already a little older, you can also include finely chopped tubifex in the diet. These foods will allow your fish to grow much faster, as they are rich in all the necessary substances. nine0003

Egg yolk is also good food for swordfish fry. They generally consume both live and dry food with enviable pleasure. Therefore, they can be fed with dry daphnia and brine shrimp larvae, bred in advance from eggs that are sold in many stores.

Artemia is a favorite food for cichlid fry, at the initial stage they can be fed with larvae, and a little later, when they grow up, you can give more crustaceans. Also, at the initial stage, they can be given the yolk of an egg, but the ciliates do not even need to be grown, since it is already in the aquarium, and all that is required is to create good conditions for its reproduction. nine0003

Meanwhile, the main requirement for feeding these species of fish is regular cleaning of the water and the bottom, since the fry do not eat all the food and it quickly deteriorates. One of the most voracious fry are angelfish. They need to be fed several times a day in small portions.

At first they, like most other fry, may well feed on ciliates. In order for there to be enough ciliates in the aquarium, it is recommended to add settled tap water to it. Further, the fry are happy to use various zooplankton. nine0003

The same can be said about mollies fry - they eat live dust, Artemia nauplii and cyclops very well. Naturally, in most cases, dry food for adult fish, ground to a state of dust, can also be used to feed fry.

However, in most cases this will not give the desired result, as they will develop slowly or may become ill. That is why it is recommended to use live food for the younger generation, since now it is not a particular problem to get it. nine0003

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Starter food for fry | Aquarium fish food

The starter food for fry will determine their health and growth rate. Starter food for fry should consist only of natural live food, exactly the same that newborn fish eat in nature. And if the fry do not receive the necessary food, changes will begin in their body, leading to exhaustion and death. nine0003

What should be the fry starter food? Zooplankton or the so-called "live dust", consisting of: ciliates, rotifers, cyclops and small daphnia, is well suited as a starter food. The most valuable zooplankton can only be found in natural water bodies and in the summer, this is due to the nutrition of the aquatic organisms themselves, when there are many algae and bacteria in the water bodies.

Catch zooplankton with a net made of dense cloth. For sheathing a net, it is well suited: tulle, organza, veil or other material of suitable density. To get a good starter food for fry, it is not necessary to look for it in reservoirs. You can also get valuable starter food for fry at home. Let us dwell on the most famous and popular types of live food cultivated at home used for feeding fry. nine0003

Infusorian shoe

For the smallest fry of spawning fish species, the ciliate shoe is well suited. But do not confuse it with other types of ciliates. In fact, there are a lot of types of ciliates, but not all of them are suitable for fry to eat. Separating the shoe from other types of ciliates is not so easy, but still possible.

In extreme cases, mixed species of ciliates can also be bred, among which the fry will choose the ciliate shoe. Breeding infusoria is very simple. Take a clean three-liter jar, fill it with aquarium water and add 2-3 thinly cut carrot wheels or a small piece of dry banana peel. nine0003

After 1-2 days, when the water in the jar becomes cloudy, remove all top dressing and leave the jar until the water in it becomes completely transparent. Usually takes 7-10 days. In clear bacteria-free water, ciliates are clearly visible to the naked eye. Feeding ciliates to fry is very simple by pouring the ciliates into the aquarium through a hose or simply over the edge of the can.

Boiled egg yolk

For fry of some types of aquarium fish, such as gourami, zebrafish, etc., boiled egg yolk can be used as a starter food. Preparing this food is easy. Take a chicken egg and boil it hard. Peel the shell, take out the yolk and cut into two parts. Pour water into a half-liter jar, rub your finger on the surface of the cut part of the yolk and rinse in the jar. Let's repeat a few times. nine0003

Let the yolk microparticles settle to the bottom of the jar and drain the cloudy water. Pour clean and repeat until the water in the jar is completely clear. You need to introduce microparticles of yolk into the aquarium little by little and preferably near the compressor sprayer. Since the yolk belongs to a perishable product and is eaten by fry only in a suspended state, it is necessary to launch several snails of ampoules to the fry, which will collect uneaten yolk particles from the bottom. nine0003

Acetic eel or nematode

Acetic eel known as microworm, microfodder or nematode. Acetic eel is suitable as a starter food for fry of only certain species of fish, for example, fry of the family Pecilia. And the fry of such fish species as angelfish, gourami, golden, etc. refuse it. You need to know this, and when planning the breeding of a new species of fish, you need to have spare food options.

Acetic eel is easy to grow at home. The eel feeds on vinegar, which is released during the fermentation of top dressing, for example, oatmeal, soaked bread, etc. A 1-2 cm layer of top dressing is placed in a low container, consisting of porridge cooked on oatmeal or simply soaked bread. We bring in the wiring of worms and close the lid. nine0003

A few days later, the rapid reproduction of worms begins. They are collected with a brush from the walls of the container or from the sticks laid for feeding, then rinsed in a jar of water and allowed to settle, changing the water several times until it becomes clear and only after that they are fed to the fry.

Daphnia moina

Perhaps the best starter food for fry is Daphnia moina. The peculiarity of this type of food is that it is zooplankton, that is, the very food that is always in the water column. If, for example, an eel dies after 1-2 days, then daphnia, on the contrary, will live until it is eaten by fry and not only live, but also multiply, providing stunted fry with small newborn crustaceans. nine0003

Daphnia eats bacteria. In an aquarium where fry are fed with daphnia, the water is always clean and clear. If the vinegar eel is a temporary food and, as the fry grow up, it needs to be changed to a larger food, then Daphnia moina, due to its difference in size from a newborn crustacean to an adult, can be fed constantly. Unlike acetic eel, daphnia moina is adored by fry of all types of fish that grow quickly on it and do not get sick.

Daphnia moina is very easy to cultivate. For these purposes, a special aquarium-cultivator is isolated or simply plastic tanks or three-liter jars, into which Daphnia moins are introduced. Appeared crustaceans are fed with baker's yeast, having previously dissolved them separately and added to daphnia until the water becomes slightly cloudy. When the water becomes clear, the feeding is repeated. nine0003

The content of daphnia is not demanding: aeration is not needed, lighting is natural or fluorescent, daylight hours are at least 8 hours. The temperature is maintained within 26-29 degrees. An important need will be a strictly set temperature and periodic water changes every 7-10 days, without which daphnia stop breeding.


Another valuable starter food for fry is Aulophorus or water snake. Cultivating aulophorus is quite simple. Foam rubber sponges are placed in a low plastic container and filled with aquarium water so that the upper part of the sponges remains not flooded with water by 2-3 mm. Worms are spread on the surface, sprinkled with food and covered with a lid. nine0003

Aulophorus can be fed with: spirulina, grass meal, boiled pumpkin, carrots, etc. Oatmeal is considered to give the best result. Feed must be added as it is eaten. Within 2-3 weeks, you need to let the worms multiply and only after that start feeding the fish. Aulophorus needs to change the water every 2-3 days. The signal for changing the water will be an unpleasant odor coming from the container.

Sponges get clogged over time and need to be washed. You can rinse the sponges without taking them out of the container: press several times on the surface of the sponge, then drain the water and fill it with fresh water and repeat the procedure several times. There are worms in the drained water, so you need to drain the water through a net made of dense fabric.

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