Food With Fish

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Food with Fish is a global seafood blog on sustainable fisheries, conservation, and ocean stewardship. We cover the most critical issues facing our oceans today, such as overfishing and illegal fishing. We also share exciting stories about fisheries and cultures around the world.

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Food For The Fish

Having a dog or cat as a pet is quite common these days. People who have dogs or cats as their pets usually know how to take care of them and what to feed them. But if you have fish as a pet, we know you will want to know everything you can to take the best care of them. Fish are usually content with fresh and clean water, a big tank with water plants in it to swim freely, and store-bought fish food. Still, some people who adore their fish like to go the extra mile and make food for fish at home. If you want to give homemade food to your fish, we have some recipes that you can try.

Advantages of Making Fish Food at Home

You can always give store-bought food to your fish, but making food for your fish at home has some advantages to it –

  • The dry flakes that you buy for your fish from shops undergo many treatments, which is why they turn flaky and last long. This means that there are always chemical preservatives present in the food. But when you make food for your fish at home, you know it will be fresh and healthy.
  • By making food for your fish at home, you can save a lot of money. Most of the food that we usually throw away can be eaten by fish. So make a habit of saving it – you can use it for making food for your fish.
  • When you make food for your fish at home, you have the freedom to get your fish the best ingredients.
  • You can control the number of nutrients to include in their diets and even cater to their specific needs.

Types of Foods That You Can Give to Your Fish

Fish enjoy a variety of foods. Some fish are herbivores, some omnivores, and others are carnivores. Depending on the type of fish you have, you will need to prepare the food. Most fish are omnivorous and can thrive on a diet containing veggies and seafood. Here are different types of food that can be used to make your fish food:

  • Fresh seafood
  • Organs and meat (with no fats)
  • Spinach and lettuce
  • Root vegetables, broccoli, and carrots
  • Small quantities of fruits
  • Flour and corn
  • Raw eggs
  • Spirulina

Feeding Your Aquarium Fish the Right Type of Food

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The fish food section at the pet store can be overwhelming to a novice owner. First, learn more about your fish species, starting with whether the species are meat-eaters (carnivores) or vegetation eaters (herbivores). From there, options to choose from include:

  • Dry Food: When you think of fish food, you think of flakes. That’s the most common option for feeding a tankful of fish, but dry fish food also comes in granules and pellets, sinking, and floating varieties, as well as options for specific species. Dry fish food can be lower in fiber, but adding vegetable foods to the diet will help reduce the risk of swim bladder disorders and bloating for vegetarian species. Pet stores may also sell sheets of dried spirulina or nori algae, which are great for herbivorous fish to nibble on.
  • Frozen Food: Some fish will enjoy frozen food, such as shrimp, bloodworms, plankton, prawn, krill, or mussels. Pet stores often also sell frozen spirulina cubes for feeding herbivores.
  • Freeze Dried: Tubifex worms and Mysis shrimp or other foods can be found as freeze-dried cubes. These are very nutritious and great for carnivorous fish.
  • Live Food: Options include live brine or ghost shrimp, feeder fish (for larger carnivorous fish), crickets, and worms.
  • Greens: If your fish are the type to munch on aquarium plants, such as anacharis, give them greens as well. Options include lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, and spinach. Clip the greens to the side of the tank or fasten them in place near the substrate, but remove or replace the uneaten vegetables within 24 hours. Fish such as plecostomus love to eat fresh greens.

The biology of different fish means they often need different food. Therefore, if you have a variety of fish in your aquarium, use a combination of food—such as floating foods, slow-sinking foods, and rapidly sinking foods—to ensure they’re getting the nutrition they need.

How Much to Feed

Fish owners are more likely to overfeed their fish than underfeed them, which increases the amount of waste in the tank.1 This is not only the waste left when the fish do not eat all the food but also the waste is excreted from the fish because they’re eating more than necessary. If you find that ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate levels are going up and the tank seems polluted, you’re probably overfeeding the fish.2

Adult fish can be fed once a day, around the same time, though you can feed them multiple times a day if you’re giving them a smaller amount each feeding. Young fish may need three or four feedings a day. Herbivores typically don’t have large stomachs to hold a lot of food, as in nature they would nibble on algae and plants throughout the day. They can be fed more frequently than carnivores, or given live greens that they can snack on throughout the day. Follow the rule of thumb that you should feed the fish only what they will eat in five minutes. If there is food left after that time (except for the fresh greens), you are feeding too much. One exception is for fish that are nocturnal (night time) feeders, where you should put the food in the aquarium in the evening before turning off the lights, and let the fish eat overnight.

Don’t take the size of the aquarium as an indication of how much food is needed. Five fish in a large aquarium need the same amount of food as five fish in a smaller aquarium—just spread it out across the aquarium so everyone can get to it easily.

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15 Easy Fish Recipes That Any Guy Can Prepare

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by Lindsay Brown

Let’s get something straight: Champion bodybuilders and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson figured out long ago that fish is the ultimate lean muscle-building food—even moreso than steak and chicken.

And while lots of guys assume that fish is a culinary impossibility, here’s the reality: fresh (and canned, and frozen) fish is a snap to make, no matter how skilled you are in the kitchen. Preparing fish at home is a no-brainer when you’re eating well and trying drop the flab and gain muscle. Fish is not only low in fat and packed with protein, but also loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D (an essential vitamin that many people are deficient in).

To help you eat fish like The Rock (albeit maybe not at such high volumes), we’ve compiled 15 healthy and easy fish recipes that are a breeze to make and feature simple and easy-to-find ingredients.

Start incorporating these meals into your healthy eating routine and you’ll be seeing results in no time.

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1. Sweet and spicy Sriracha red snapper

Fish is the perfect dinner protein if you’re trying to lean up, since it’s packed with protein and low in fat. This particular recipe also happens to be packed with flavor.

If you’re a spicy guy, this one’s for you. It’s also perfect if your girl likes spicy foods as well; it’s a date night main course that looks impressive, but doesn’t take long to prepare.

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2. Marinated, seared ahi tuna

The best part of this recipe is that you can prepare the fish the night before and let it marinate overnight before pulling it out to sear the next day. This’ll save you a ton of time and leave less room for post-workout snacking while waiting for your dinner to cook.

Get creative with this one—try sprinkling cilantro or sesame seeds on top, or drizzling Sriracha mayo for added flavor.

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3. Easy BBQ salmon with avocado salsa

Salmon has been a go-to for fitness buffs forever, because it’s low in fat but high in nutrients such as Omega-3. Pair it with this avocado salsa, which contains healthy fats, for a post-recovery meal that’ll prime your body for tomorrow’s workout.

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4. Sardine tapenade tomato bites

The best part of cooking with sardines is that, first, you probably won’t have to do any actual cooking at all; and second, you’ll feel like a gourmet chef when really all you did is mix a bunch of ingredients together.

But we won’t steal your thunder. You can eat these by themselves or on top of your favorite whole grain cracker. Feel free to substitute for King Oscar Wild-Caught Sardines without the oil, as well.

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5. Greek braised cod with tomatoes and kalamata olives

The best thing about the Greek diet is that it’ll leave you full and satisfied without all the extra calories a normal meal might contain. Not to mention, this recipe requires only one pan, meaning if you can find a clean one, you can easily make this recipe.

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6. Blackened mahi mahi fish tacos with avocado lime sauce

Let’s be honest—made well, Mexican food is always delicious. It’s not always the healthiest, however, when you start to pile on the cheese and sour cream. With this recipe, you can be sure the toppings won’t kill your diet because you’re making them yourself, while still getting that fresh, tangy flavor you crave.

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7. Peach and jalapeño-glazed salmon

If you’re looking for a little something sweet and a little something spicy, this is it.

The glaze on this salmon will have your tastebuds tingling, not to mention you’ll be fueling your body with a healthy dose of protein and omega-3.

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8. Parmesan-crusted cod

Sometimes you just need to satisfy that craving with a little bit of cheese—if it’s baked on this cod and not deep-fried, there’s no harm in it.

This recipe doesn’t take a lot, but it packs enough flavor (without wrecking your diet) to warrant your time. Just pop it in the oven and watch that cheese melt.

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9. One-pan herbed tilapia and squash

Tilapia is one fish you should be eating more of (but probably aren’t) due to its ability to boost your metabolism. Layer this fish with herbs and pair with veggies for a perfectly healthy dinner ready in only 20 minutes.

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10. Panko-crusted tilapia

You can never go wrong with tilapia, especially when it’s covered with panko and Italian seasoning. This is like the chicken recipe your mom used to make for you as a kid, except it’s probably a lot healthier because there’s no butter involved.

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11. Pan-roasted cod with fresh herbs and lemon

This recipe is incredibly easy to throw together at the last minute, as long as you’ve got the cod filets. Odds are, you already have the other ingredients in your kitchen. Plus, the cod will be finished cooking in only five minutes.

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12. 6-ingredient lemon garlic tilapia with sauteed bruschetta

Nothing says date night like bruschetta and a baguette. (Okay, maybe also scented candles.) But before things get too hot, impress your date with this homemade version. (They’ll never have to know you only had to buy six ingredients.)

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13. Easy grilled salmon kabobs

For some reason, eating something off a bamboo skewer tends to make it taste ten times better. (Maybe it’s just the charred taste of the grill.)

Either way, these salmon kabobs will be your go-to when you don’t think you could possibly eat another piece of grilled chicken in your life.

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14. Baked rainbow trout fillet

This recipe is perfect when you only have about 30 minutes to prepare and cook your meal, especially since you can throw the vegetable of your choice on the same baking sheet as the trout.

Not a fan of asparagus? Consider green beans or a leafy vegetable like broccoli rabe or swiss chartd as an alternative—the possibilities are endless.

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15. Ahi tuna poké bowl

This refreshing poke bowl can be prepared the night before, so it’s easily on hand when you come home ravenous after your workout.

Feel free to pair it with avocado and black bean chips if you need some textural variety.

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