What to feed clownfish? While most hobbyists have a variety to choose from, this article will focus on what the best options are for feeding your clownfish. We look at different types of fish flakes, frozen krill, and other seafood like squid or shrimp as well as live brine shrimp.
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What To Feed Clownfish In An Aquarium?
Clownfish make fantastic beginner fish for new aquarium keepers because they are famously easy to feed. In their natural habitat, these omnivores will eat just about everything including small crustaceans, copepods, algae, fish eggs, and larvae.
While clownfish can eat the majority of saltwater fish food, they also have a taste for flakes.
If you want your clownfish to thrive, you should provide it with a varied diet. Clownfish breed best when fed a diet that mimics their natural marine habitat, but they will readily eat most “live” frozen or dry foodstuffs.
MARINE FISH PELLETS
Here are some marine fish pellets that will make the diet of your Clownfish more nutritious:
- Ultra Marine Soft Clownfish pellets
- New Life Spectrum
- TDO from Reed Mariculture
- Marine A pellets from Hikari
- Ocean Nutrition Formula Two
- Cobalt Breeders Formula
You don’t need to supplement your Clownfish’s diet with all of these fish pellets, but sometimes you should mix things up a little. Among the best varieties are Formula Two pellets from Reed Mariculture and TDO fish food from Marina Aquatic Systems.
There are a variety of frozen foods that you can add to your Clownfish’s diet, and they come in several brands. Try feeding him these:
- LRS Fish Frenzy
- LRS Reef Frenzy
- LRS Breeders Blend
- Rod’s Food Fish Eggs
- San Francisco Bay Frozen Brine Shrimp
- Piscine Energetics (PE) Mysis
Frozen food that is high-quality, such as Rod’s and LRS, can be a bit expensive. However, the benefits of choosing these brands outweigh any price difference because they are cleaner and provide more nutrients for your Clownfish.
Some aquarium keepers prefer to use frozen foods or create their pet grocery options for the health and sustenance of breeding clownfish. Frozen fish with an abundance of salmon as well as other popular pet food choices such as squid, seaweed, and shrimp are often used.
Clownfish have specific dietary requirements, so it is important to provide food that meets their needs.
Although live foods are ideal for Clownfish, they aren’t the only options on your table. One thing you can try feeding them is earthworms. Some fish love them while others don’t like these at all!
Feed small bite-sized pieces of earthworms to your clownfish. The earthworms should be washed before feeding them. If they don’t eat the worm, remove it from the tank quickly.
If you don’t have access to culture your Blackworms, consider ordering them online and keeping them in a pre-built tank inside the refrigerator.
Clownfish eat amphipods and copepods, but they also enjoy brine shrimp. These can be obtained from pet stores or you could hatch a culture of your own.
One atypical live food item that you can add to your breeding Clownfish’s diet is mosquito larvae! Many varieties simply love them. You can easily find them outside during warmer temperatures.
The first thing you need to do is find a stagnant body of water. Then, net the mosquito larva swimming around inside and thoroughly rinse them off in tap water.
If you have a Clownfish breeding tank, add these to it if you want fish food. They eventually die in saltwater but they swim around the aquarium and are a nutritious meal for your Clownfish.
Feeding Timings For Clownfish
Clownfish thrive on a twice-daily feeding schedule, but once-a-day will do for adults. Feeding intervals are 3 to 4 times a day with juveniles.
Feed your Clownfish only so much as they can eat in three minutes. If you are feeding them once a day, then extend that time frame to five minutes.
It is also important to remove leftover food immediately so as not to disturb the water conditions of your aquarium.
Feeding Tips For Clownfish
Here are some feeding tips that can help you feed your clownfish:
Clownfish are only comfortable in a designated portion of the tank, which is known as their ‘safety zone’. If you have any juvenile Clownfish, you will need to feed them near their safety zone.
Please feed your Clownfish in areas of the aquarium that doesn’t generate a lot of flow, as feeding them is easier to do this way.
Add a small food cleanup crew to your Clownfish aquarium. Starfish, snails, and crabs will keep the tank clean by consuming leftover food and also scrubbing algae.
How long can a clownfish go without eating?
Fish can go without eating after a week or so and therefore, it’s generally assumed that fish will be fine for a few days to a week without food.
What flakes do clownfish eat?
Here are the best food for your clownfish:
– New Life Spectrum Marine Fish Formula.
– New Life Spectrum Naturox Series Marine Formula.
– Hikari Fish Food.
– Ocean Nutrition Food Primereef Flake.
– Ocean Nutrition Formula Two Marine Pellet.
– Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes.
What do clownfish like in their tank?
Because wild clownfish live near anemones inside a reef environment, they can thrive in a small tank of fresh, frozen, or dried food. Plus, provided that there are no predators in their tank, they typically have an average lifespan.
Clownfish are an omnivorous species in nature, which makes feeding them a convenient and easy task. However, since they are omnivores they need a variety of food types to meet their nutritional needs.
Annette M. Chaney is an experienced marine biologist with over 20 years of experience as an aquarist and fishkeeper. She started her first aquarium at a young age, filling it with frogs and goldfish obtained from the ten-cent pet store.
Annette grew up caring for and breeding African Cichlids, which led to a hobby in high school that doubled as a profitable means. Attending Reed College gave her time to solidify herself as an accomplished aquarium caretaker with an eye for sales. After that, from 2009 – 2013, she studied at Roger Williams University – one of the most prestigious universities for Aquaculture and Aquarium in USA. She is the founder of AquariumCircle since 2010