BIORB FISH - Feeding, Selection, & Care of the Fish in your Biorb Aquarium
What types of fish should I put in my biorb aquarium?
Can I put a bottom feeding fish in my biorb?
How do I take care of my fish?
How much should I feed my fish?
What should I feed my fish?
What do I do with my fish when I go out of town?
What if one of my fish is sick?
What types of fish should I put in my biorb aquarium? Back to top
Most fish will work in your biorb aquarium. If you choose tropical fish be sure to get a heater to keep the water temperature warm enough for them. The link below will give you more information about types of fish to put in your biorb and information about them.
Can I put a bottom feeding fish in my biorb? Back to top
Do not keep ‘bottom feeding’ fish, such as a common pleco, loach or catfish in Biorb Aquariums. The ceramic media used for biological filtration in Biorb aquariums is unsuitable for them. Many of these species also grow very large.
How do I take care of my fish? Back to top
Every fish is a little bit different, however, the key to keeping healthy fish is to make sure your water quality is good by testing it regularly, cleaning the water, not overfeeding or overstocking, and not adding too many fish too quickly.
How much should I feed my fish? Back to top
Eating flakes requires the fish to spend a lot of time gulping at the water surface where it could swallow too much air. Pellets are easier for goldfish, for whom swallowing air can contribute to swim bladder problems. Pellets are also easier to administer than flakes and are less likely to cloud the water. Smaller pellets can be purchased for tropical fish and minnows that are more suited to their nutritional requirements.
What should I feed my fish? Back to top
Good quality prepared fish foods provide a well balanced diet but fish will relish a variety of foods. Fantail goldfish in particular will benefit from a varied diet. Daphnia, brine shrimp, or blood worms are enjoyed by most fish and can be purchased either live, in frozen packets, freeze dried, or in vitamin enriched jelly. Only buy live food from a reputable source. F rozen foods should be defreosted before being fed.
What do I do with my fish when I go out of town? Back to top
If you will be away from your fish, it is important that someone checks the air pump is working and that if a fish dies it is removed from the aquarium right away. A spare air pump should be left with instructions in case the existing pump fails. Fish are live animals and should be checked every day, even though they will probably not need feeding unless you are away for more than 10 days.
Holiday blocks of fish food can be used but if uneaten these foods can pollute the water while you are away. A well meaning but inexperienced feeder could do more harm than good be over-feeding fish while you are away. In most cases it is preferable to let the fish go hungry.
If you do not get someone to feed your fish, measure out the correct amount of food and ask for this to be fed over the time that you are away. Hid the packet of fish food away.
What if one of my fish is sick? Back to top
Good aquarium husbandry and fish selection is important – prevention is better than a cure. Chronic stress, usually from poor water quality, can make the fish susceptible to disease. If fish show symptoms of a disease get the water tested, if water quality is good, then use a suitable medication to treat the fish. If water quality is poor this must be remedied before or at the same time as using medication’ a sick fish in bad water is unlikely to recover
Make a note of all the abnormal symptoms your fish are showing and get advice on which medication to use. Most medications include very clear instructions on diagnosis and treatment, some also offer a help line.
The activated resins the in the filter cartridge should be removed during the treatment period. Always follow the manufacturers instructions. Carbon and other media inside filters can kill your fish when mixed with certain fish medications. Read all instructions and remove carbon before treating your fish.