Week 41: Feeding fish – Selecting food for maximum health & longevity | 52 Weeks of Reefing #BRS160

http://brs.li/BRS160_Week41 It’s Week 41 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are going in depth on our feeding practices in the BRS160! We’ll cover fish foods including the right type of food, how often, how much and some cool feeding accessories and tips.

While fish can survive in a lot of different types of foods their biologic functions have evolved around utilizing a certain mix of proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. This is pretty similar to other pet foods. For instance many pet owners acknowledge their dogs and cats are carnivores and make an attempt to feed them protein rich foods which have minimal to no grain diets, many take it a step further and feed low carbohydrate or even raw foods almost completely comprised of the entire animal bones organs and all ground up to supply a very natural source of protein, minerals and vitamins.

At the highest level you have you basic categories of fish. Your carnivores and your herbivores Carnivores primarily diet being flesh which is very protein rich, and herbivores diet being primarily algae or plant material. In reality a good portion of fish in the reef aquarium are omnivores which mean they consume both algae and flesh.

So the first step in all this is recognizing the natural diets of the fish you selected for the tank. For the most part it is somewhat easy to recognize just from their behavior in the tank. Most of the herbivores or omnivores like tangs, some blennies and rabbit fish spend a majority of the day obviously looking for algae to peck off the surface of the rocks.

Carnivorous fish primarily eat flesh and this is pretty obvious with frozen foods clams, shrimp, squid and similar items which are all obviously meaty flesh of some type. While most fish will do best with a varied diet if you are going to select one you should do so my nutritional content. The food blends like the mega marines which have been fortified with nutrients do a great job of including a varied diet with a high protein and essential fat content but I think the most popular with seasoned reefers is the Canadian Mysis shrimp because it has a naturally high protein and fat content and doesn’t need to be fortified.

So which foods do you prefer to feed your fish? Let us know in the comments area below, and be sure to vote in our latest poll by clicking the “i” in the upper right corner of the page.

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Smithsonian Global Health Program

The Smithsonian Global Health Program (SGHP) has partnered with Dr. Matthew Mutinda and colleagues to study a deadly skin disease in the critically endangered black rhino. Mutinda has been a veterinarian for the Kenya Wildlife Service for the past eight years, working with elephants, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, giraffes and other species. Mutinda is training with clinical veterinarians, pathologists and geneticists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), and other Smithsonian research associates. SGHP is working with SCBI pathologists and molecular diagnosticians to identify the cause of the disease, and, ultimately, treat and prevent it. The goal of the SGHP fellowship is to share information, techniques, and knowledge between professionals across the globe.

Baby deer rescue and release

A deer doe abandoned one of her twin fawns, the fawn had injured leg and could not keep up with the mother.
I do not support keeping wild animals as a pets, but this was special situation. The baby deer was healed and released back to her real mother.
Update: The doe and two her fawns is still around, we seen them through the summer and the autumn.

I am thankful for every single person who liked, shared and left a comment. I didn’t expect this story to become so popular. I am sure that any of us with a little bit of a conscience about our existence, with love for the nature and animals would do the same.

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