article: Nutrition and Fish
Nutrition and Fish
Your water garden is a complete environment for fish, of all types. The water
garden is going to be your retreat to the natural side of your own environment.
Just as your own nutrition and food keeps your body healthy, the fish in your
water pond are going to need good nutrition for their survival as well. Fish can
die of malnutrition just as any other animal or plant could.
If you were to watch your fish all day long, you wouldnít see much new, but if
you watched what goes on around the water garden, what you are putting into the
water garden you might be surprised what effects you do have on their
environment. Take their food for example.
Maybe you were out fertilizing your garden, and then you remembered that it was
the day to feed the fish. Putting your hands from the fertilizer and then into
the fish food and feeding your fish without washing them, you will be
transferring poisons into the water garden. If you were to do this enough times,
you could kill a few fish, deform a few fish or hurt plants that are growing in
the water garden.
Residue from killing weeds will wash down into the water garden that can hurt
your fish and your plants.
Forgetting to feed the fish, and feeding the fish the wrong types of food over
an extended period of time can cause malnutrition and your fish will starve. You
can feed your fish lettuce and goodies from your gardens, but you have to beware
that you havenít used or kept chemicals on these vegetables before feeding them
to the fish. Just washing them quickly with water from your hose can be
sufficient in getting the bug killers off of your vegetables for the fish. You
have to watch that you donít just give your fish lettuce though; they also need
other nutrients as well which you will find in their bagged food.
Keeping plants in the fish garden is important for the fish to get all the food
nutrients that they need. If you have built a water garden with fish, but
havenít had the chance to plant water lilies or other water plants, give them
some green veggies from your garden so that they can get the nutrients that
their bodies need.
There are feed available for every kind of fish, and very few of the feeds are
meant for all types of fish. For example, gold fish food is not going to keep
your catfish healthy, and the other way around as well.