Feeding saltwater fish isn’t always a simple matter of plopping food in the water and looking on as the frenzy ensues. In any community of fishes, some species (or individual specimens) are going to be more aggressive in their eating habits than others, so oftentimes you have to be a bit more targeted in your feeding approach to ensure that all the tank inhabitants get their fair share. In addition to leveling the mealtime playing field for species of varying degrees of assertiveness, targeted feeding can also be beneficial for: Shy newly introduced specimens that are reluctant to come out of hiding to eat Predatory species that demand a “lively” food presentation Bottom-dwelling and burrowing species that can be easily outcompeted by fishes that feed higher in the water column Delivering medicated food to an ailing specimen If you’re dealing with any of the feeding challenges described above, one of the following target-feeding techniques might just come in handy: #1 “Fish Sticks” No, I’m not talking about feeding Mrs. Paul’s to your tank inhabitants, but offering them foods on the end of a feeding stick (available commercially or you can craft your own). This technique is ideal for presenting meaty food items directly to predatory and/or toothy/spiny species that might need a little direct inducement to eat, such as eels, lionfish, frogfish, or puffers. More: 4 Techniques for Target Feeding Marine Fish
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