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Fish Eating Their Way to Better Health

Providing the proper nutrition to your fish greatly reduces their risk of disease.

By Juli-Anne Royes, Ph.D. |

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It seems like the concept of using nutrition to improve fish health is catching on in the fishkeeping hobby. The nutritional intake of an animal has an effect on its health and well-being, growth, resistance to environmental stressors and disease-causing agents. The poorer the diet and nutritional status of the animal, the less able it is to combat pathogens and withstand environmental changes and stress. Nutrition can enhance the immune system, increase disease resistance and assist in maintaining bodily functions.

Antioxidants, probiotics, anti-aging foods, omega 3 and omega 6 are some of the foods that we are encouraged to eat. Even the pet food industry has caught on with a whole range of diets leading to longevity and well-being of cats and dogs — so why not fish? Nutrition is just as important to fish health as it is to other animals.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the October 2010 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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