One of the most common questions we hear is “When should I feed my fish?” The answer, however, is not that simple! Not all fish are the same and as any Long Islander knows, the seasons are far from predictable. To understand how to keep your fish well fed, and healthy come the warmer weeks, here’s how to decide when it’s time to feed your fish:
Keep an Eye On Temperature
The weather can start to show a lot of ups and downs, leading to the temptation to start feeding your fish a little earlier than usual. Though it might seem ok to feed your fish once it begins to warm up, you want to pay close watch to the weather consistently. A good rule of thumb is to begin feeding when the temperature is an average of 50 to 55 degrees, and that is water temperature, not air temperature.
Watch Their Behavior
The best way to know when it’s time to feed your fish is by keeping a close eye on their behavior. Overfeeding them can be a real cause for concern, but just because your fish might be slow to move does not mean they aren’t ready to eat. Hibernation and dormancy are different, and sometimes age can play a factor in how these fish move about. If you notice your fish are more active, coming to the surface, or actively looking through your plants for food, they will need to be fed. This can be important to their spring health too, as they need to be strong to survive.
Just because your fish are now active, doesn’t mean you should be feeding them all day every day. You’ll want to pay a close eye on what they are consuming, so you can better judge how much to feed them. For most fish, if they can eat it by themselves in a minute or two, that is the amount you should be feeding them. Once again, don’t confuse age and laziness for hibernation, with time you’ll get to know your fishes habits and be able to make a better judgment of when and how much to feed them.
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