Good nutrition in animal production systems is essential to economically produce a healthy, high quality product. In ormental fish farming, nutrition is critical. Fish nutrition has advanced dramatically in recent years with the development of new, balanced commercial diets that promote optimal fish growth and health and also body colour.
The development of new species-specific diet formulations supports the aquarium culture industry as it expands to satisfy increasing demand for beautiful good quality ornamental fish.
Fish foods normally contain macro nutrients, trace elements and vitamins necessary to keep captive fish in good health. Approximately 80% of fish keeping hobbyists feed their fish exclusively prepared foods that most commonly are produced in flake, pellet or tablet form.