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Aquaponic Fish Feeding

Feeding your fish is not a complicated deal if you are using a balanced pellet food, especially if you can get food intended for aquaponics. You generally don't need specialized food for each fish species, but there are some fish that prefer a higher protein content in their diets. Trout and perch are more carnivorous fish and should have around 50% protein in their pellets, where as tilapia, bluegill or catfish are more omnivorous and are going to do fine with 30%.

Provide enough food so that your fish finish it all within a few minutes. Excess food will end up rotting on the bottom and just make your life more difficult in extra cleaning and filtering. Don't be shocked if it's only a few tablespoons at a time. Generally, fish just don't eat that much in one sitting. Feed every day, as long as they are consuming it. It's not unusual to feed your fish two or three times a day. An automatic feeder can help once you know the quantity for each feeding.

Natural supplements of insects, worms and some chopped greens are another option. For greens, you can use just about any leafy plants that you would eat yourself. If you have access to pond plants like duckweed, that can be great added fish food too. In fact, if you want, you could even raise your own fish food exclusively.

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