It would seem to feed the fish with dry food is very simple: he opened the jar and poured as needed. But in reality this is far from the case.
Dry food for fish: before you feed. soak!
In the photo on the left is granulated dry food, and on the right is the same amount of food, but already saturated with moisture. Feed volume doubled!
How very convenient dry food! It is worth a jar to yourself. know the fill, and the fish eat and this balanced on all major components of the miracle is quite enough for them. They can eat dry food all their lives (however, not very long).
But let us think, is dry food balanced for all components? Immediately tell: not all. Guess what is missing in it? The answer, by the way, is obvious and follows from the very name of the product. Guess? Right: there is not enough water in dry food.
– Well, so what?. another aquarist will ask. we’ll throw him into the water and he will soak it.
In fact, it takes some (albeit small) time for the food to absorb moisture. But, as a rule, pellets thrown into the aquarium one) eaten almost instantly. As a result, the fish feed on dehydrated food. It would seem that there is nothing terrible, because a fish can drink water without problems. it is always surrounded by water. open your mouth and swallow. So it actually happens. Moisture dry food is already saturated in the digestive tract of fish. And at the same time, there is a most unpleasant phenomenon: wetting dry food swells, increasing its volume by 2. 3 times, and weight. more than three times. The fish intestine is forced to perform a task that is almost impossible: it needs to push and digest a huge and heavy food ball.
Using dry food, we fool the poor fish by slipping them into something that is not in their natural habitat. Normally, fish eat food with the original high water content, so the situation when food is saturated with water already in the intestine is unnatural for them. In this case, the digestion of food is significantly hampered and slows down. Putrid processes and gas formation may occur in the food lump. What is the result? Chronic toxicosis of fish, low digestibility of food and increased nitrate and phosphate load on the aquarium, high prevalence among aquarium fish of hexamytosis and mycobacteriosis, the appearance of fiddling fish and fish with renal insufficiency, the extreme expression of which is edema and hairline scales.
What to do now? Completely abandon the "drying"? No, a complete refusal is the wrong decision, because in its composition dry food can be very good (however, not everyone), you just need to be able to prepare it for consumption. The simplest solution is to soak the granules in the water for 7–10 minutes immediately before feeding, but it is even better to soak dry food in “vettle sourdough”. In this case, it will not only pick up the necessary moisture, but will also be enriched with useful probiotic bacteria that will help the fish in the difficult process of digesting artificial food. 2) and even strengthen her immunity.
It is important to note that fish that are hydrated (now no longer dry) will be eaten noticeably less than dry food and at the same time will satisfy hunger. However, when feeding with soaked food, some important rules must be followed. Read about this special material: "How and how much to feed aquarium fish?"
1) Speaking of dry food for aquarium fish, I primarily mean the granules. Flake food, in most cases, it is better not to use at all.
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2) Why is artificial feed digest harder than natural? The thing is that natural food is partially digested by itself: digestive enzymes are released from the lysosomes of dead cells, and help the fish to assimilate everything that is necessary and useful from what has been eaten. Dry feed digests only the digestive enzymes of the fish itself, which creates an increased, and often excessive load on its digestive apparatus. Probiotic organisms secrete digestive enzymes and provide substantial assistance to fish in digesting food. Therefore, dry food, soaked in “vettle sourdough,” is close in its biological value to living.
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