WAYS TO ENHANCE THE COLOR OF YOUR PET FISH
There is hardly anyone who would see a fish tank and not admire the brightly-colored fish darting around in it. Ornamental fish are available in a riot of colors and the ones that are seen in pet shops and large aquariums entice you with their gleaming colors as if they have been consuming natural food coloring on a daily basis. When we bring these fishes home and make them a part of our home aquariums, they tend to lose their sheen and their color turns dull. So how can we help our pet fish look and feel their optimum?
BEST FOODS TO ENHANCE COLOR
Providing your fish a balanced diet and the right nutrition can help it to regain its lost lustre and shine. There is no fish food coloring that can work its magic on the fish if they are not getting enough nutrition. Color enhancing fish food contains carotenoids, natural pigments produced by plants, algae, and photosynthetic bacteria that naturally enhances fish color, particularly for fish in the yellow, orange, and red spectre. The fish food should be chosen based on the type of fish and its feeding requirements.
- For Tropical Fish – Fish Flakes with seafood coloring that are designed to provide balanced nutrition are a great source of antioxidants to protect against infections, proteins for strength, and probiotics to improve digestion.
- For Marine & Freshwater Fish – Slow-sinking pellets made without meat or hydrolysates are a great source of immunity and natural color for aquarium fish.
- For Larger Mid-Water Fish – Essential nutrients for mid-water fish are made available in slow-sinking granules that helps boost immunity, health, and longevity.
- For Cichlids – For a diet rich in nutrition, cichlids should be provided with pellet food made with a variety of fresh seafood, ocean kelp, and spirulina. Pellets made with
- For All Fish – Seafood coloring enhancement is aided by fish foods with elevated amounts of beta carotene and omega fatty acids. There are also easily digestible crisps with natural color enhancers that may be beneficial for large breeds of fish.
OTHER FACTORS THAT DETERMINE COLORATION
Besides providing the fish with nutrient-rich food, keeping a few other factors in mind will help you keep your aquarium colorful and your fish healthy and happy.
- Fish-Appropriate Food – Ensuring that the type of fish food that is chosen is suitable to the type of fish in your aquarium and that the diet includes a variety of fresh, frozen, and freeze-dried foods easily available in the market will help to ensure optimum coloration for your fish.
- Quantity of Feed – The amount of fish food consumed by the fish is also a determinant of coloration. Just as underfeeding the fish would reduce the nutrient intake, overfeeding the fish could make the excess food sink to the bottom of the aquarium and dirty / muddy the water.
Changing of Tank Water – The tank water may be filled with concentrated toxins due to decomposing food and fish waste. These need to be removed through weekly water changes.