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The Type of Feed Given to Keep Tinfoil Barb Fish

The Type of Feed Given to Keep Tinfoil Barb Fish



(Meta description: Giving a well-balanced diet is essential to keep your fish healthy. Read this article if you want to know more about proper Tinfoil Barb fish feed.)

With their distinct silvery bodies and red or orange fins, it is safe to say that Tinfoil Barb fish are a delightful choice if you’d like to add colors to your aquarium. Of course, you’d love to see them swimming happily in their tank, but how? Besides creating a stress-free environment, giving well-balanced and high-quality Tinfoil Barb fish feed is also one of many ways to keep them happy. Here are some things you need to keep in mind regarding feeding your Tinfoil Barb fish.

Not all fish are the same. Some eat mostly plants, some eat mostly meats, and some consider both diets are palatable. One of the species that fall into the third category, aka omnivores, is Tinfoil Barb fish.  It means that their diet consists of both meat-based and plant-based food.

Natural Food
In their natural habitat, Tinfoil Barb fish eat algae, plants, insects, fishes and carrion. The fish that they eat are smaller than them, so the fish fits into Tinfoil Barb’s mouth. As you can see, the types of food are both plant-based and meat-based.

How about the food that you feed in the aquarium?

Aquarium Food
The best Tinfoil Barb fish feed that you can give is the one that contains the nutrition that they find in their natural habitat.

For meat-based food, we can opt for insects, live worms or shrimps and small fish. All the meat must be high-quality. They can be served both alive or frozen as long as they’re still fresh.
Meanwhile, for plant-based food, we can feed cooked lettuce, spinach, oatmeal and algae wafer to substitute the greens they find in the wild.

Other than that, they can accept any fish food. So, flakes, pellets, frozen, and freeze-dried foods are allowed as long as they are high quality. And don’t forget to check the ingredients. Make sure that they’re organic without additional chemicals that might harm your fish.

Besides the ingredients of the food, also pay attention to the portion. As you know, overfeeding might lead to another problem, aka disease such as dropsy. But at the same time, make sure not to starve them. They are not dieting.

So, the rule of thumb is if you give the food once a day, provide a portion that they can finish in 5 minutes. However, if you don’t bother spending a little more energy and time to feed your finned friends, giving food several times a day is also a great option. If so, provide a portion that they can finish in 3 minutes or less each feeding.

Conclusion
Although Tinfoil Barb fish don’t demand any special dietary requirements, it is best to keep their nutrition in check. The easiest way is by feeding food that has the same nutritional value as the food they find in their natural habitat. They are omnivorous in nature, so ensure that your Tinfoil Barb fish feed also contains the best of both worlds, both the greens and protein. We hope that this article will be beneficial for you who are interested in having Tinfoil Barb fish as your new friend.

Sources:
https://www.fishlore.com/profiles_tinfoil_barb.htm
https://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/cyprinids/tinfoilbarb.php
https://meethepet.com/tinfoil-barb/

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