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We all see and know what plenty of animals eat every day but do you know what the fish who live in the water around us eat to survive?

It is not very often that we get to observe the daily lives of fish like we can with other animals. The only chance we may get is when visiting an aquarium or keeping a pet fish tank at home, so do you know what fish consume regularly?

Just like every one of us, fish need to eat food to survive. Generally, the diet of fish living in seas, oceans, and ponds is very similar to the diet of fish that we keep in a domestic tank. As such, an easy way to understand what a fish might eat is to imagine the surroundings in which it lives naturally.

Like animals, fish are also divided into three categories. Fish that are completely dependent for nutrition on plant-based foods like algae and water plants are called herbivorous fish. Fish that eat only other fish and living creatures like shrimp are called carnivorous fish. They have meat-based diets. Fish who eat both plants and other living creatures as their core diet are called omnivorous fish. The majority of fish today are omnivores and the parrotfish is one example of an omnivorous fish. They obtain their energy and nutrients from the algae and plants they eat along with animal matters.

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Are there any fish that are herbivores?

The ocean is full of different varieties of fish. If we actually have to count, there are almost tens of thousands of species of fish all around the world. All of these fish eat to gain nutrients and to survive and maintain their health in the water, and they have various types of foods to help them do that. One of the main categories of fish is herbivorous fish.

Herbivores eat mostly plants and plant-based food like wild algae, water plants, and fungus growing on rocks. Species that are herbivores have flat teeth which help them chew on the food before digesting it. Many herbivores do not have a proper stomach, instead, all of the food they eat is digested in the intestine. These fish eat vegetables like lettuce and spinach and fruits such as pears and apples if they’re kept in a domestic tank. They generally stay near coral reefs in freshwater, where there is an abundant amount of algae available for them to eat. They are also an integral part of coral reefs for the same reason, as they keep the number of algae in check, preventing it from getting out of control and destroying the ecological balance. Herbivores are generally found in the lowest tier of the food chain. Parrotfish, tangs, plecos, and bennies are some examples of herbivorous fish.

Do fish eat shrimp?

Shrimp forms a major part of the diet of most fish that are carnivores and omnivores in the sea, as well as of some humans. Shrimp are small sea creatures that belong to the crustacean family. They live on plankton, algae, and dead plant matter, thus they are omnivorous. Surprisingly, marine biologists have classified at least 2000 different species of shrimp.

A number of carnivorous fish like the giant squid, octopus, and sea trout have shrimp on their list of staple dietary needs. Fish who live at the bottom of the surface of the ocean, like stingrays and pipefish, also prey on shrimp. Pipefish are known for camouflaging themselves in plants and weeds to hunt for shrimp.

There are so many varieties of shrimp and they have evolved and diversified so much over the centuries, that shrimp can also be found in the deepest waters of the ocean where no light can reach. These shrimp have bioluminescent qualities. For example, they can produce their own light which makes them glow in the dark. They are an important dietary supplement for other bioluminescent creatures in the lowest depths of the ocean. In domestic tanks, brine shrimp are favored by aquarium fish owners and fish tank owners as one of the best shrimp to provide for the dietary needs of their fish. In aquariums, fish are often fed various types of fish food including live food and frozen food.

The big fish eat the little one

Do all fish eat meat?

No, not all fish eat meat. Some fish just need to eat plants and algae or frozen food to survive. Some fish can eat both plants and other smaller fish. Other fish can only eat meat-based live foods, such as meat from other fish and animals. These fish are called carnivorous fish.

There are hundreds and thousands of species that live in our oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, and ponds. There are even fish who live in marshes with very little water density, it is more like sludge and mud. Just like there is diversity in the species of fish, each and every fish’s dietary needs and essential nutrients-giving foods differ with each species. The type of food on the menu of each fish species generally differs from place to place depending on many things. It depends on the abundance of the type of food available for the fish, the depth of the water they live in, the kind of vegetation they are surrounded by, and more. So, in conclusion, a fish’s diet depends on the ecological system it lives in and how it adapts to the food available to it. Generally, the better the environment, the healthier the fish.

If all fish started eating meat, it would disturb the ecological balance which the environment has created over centuries of evolution. Herbivores depend on crustaceans and invertebrate species like shrimps for their survival. Likewise, omnivorous fish and carnivores consume herbivores as the main part of their diet. When these carnivores die, their remains are decomposed by algae and plankton, on which the crustaceans depend for survival. That is how the life cycle completes and goes on and on. So it would be implausible for all fish to eat meat as diversity is a core for the evolution and survival of every species of fish living in oceans and rivers.

Which fish is called the carnivorous fish?

As already explained above, carnivorous fish are those who survive on the meat of other animals. There are two main types of carnivores, hunters and scavengers. Hunters are those who actively pursue their prey and kill them. Scavenger carnivores are those who eat the remains left by hunters or eat the already dead bodies of other fish.

Carnivores have very sharp teeth and these teeth help them tear the flesh from their prey. Hunter fish are also known as predatory fish or hypercarnivores. A few examples of carnivores are sharks, billfish and barracuda fish. An example of a scavenger fish is the infamous red-bellied piranha. Another example of a carnivorous fish is the anglerfish, a species of bioluminescent fish that live in the ocean's deepest trenches. These fish are carnivores and predators, who lure their prey by attracting them to their small bioluminescent antenna and devouring the fish as soon as they get close enough.

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