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Top Picks - Fish Foods

Algae Flakes

All herbivores need algae in their diets. However, virtually any fish will enjoy an occasional offering of algae. If you don't have fresh algae, the next best thing is algae flakes or wafers. Algae flakes are an excellent option for community aquariums, while algae wafers are the best option for bottom feeders. Here are my top algae flake choices

Algae Wafers

All herbivores need algae in their diets. However, virtually any fish will enjoy an occasional offering of algae. If you don't have fresh algae, the next best thing is algae flakes or wafers. Algae wafers are the best option for bottom feeders, while algae flakes are an excellent option for community aquariums. Here are my top algae wafer choices.

Betta Foods

Think that a Betta's favorite food is a plant root? Think again!. Bettas are carnivorous fish that require foods high in animal protein. Their preferred foods are insects and insect larvae, not plants or roots. Keep your Bettas healthy by feeing them specialized Betta food. Here are my top Betta food choices.

Bloodworms

Carnivorous fish require diets that are high in animal protein. Bloodworms are one of the choice foods for not only carnivores, but other fish as well. Fresh bloodworms are preferred, but are not easy to procure, and can carry disease. Freeze dried bloodworms are readily available, high in protein, and disease free. Here are my top bloodworm choices.

Brine Shrimp Flakes and Pellets

When conditioning fish for breeding, high quality foods are a must. Brine shrimp is an excellent conditioning food, as well as a perfect treat for any fish. Although fresh brine is ideal, frozen, freeze-dried, flakes and pellets are excellent sources of nutrition for all your fish.

Cichlid Foods

Cichlids have special dietary needs that often are not be met by standard fish foods. To keep your Cichlids in prime health, provide them with food formulated specifically for them.

Color Enhancing Foods

Color enhancers used to be a dirty word because they meant the addition of additives that were not natural. Fortunately there is now a good selection of color enhancing foods that contain only natural ingredients such as red algae, shrimp, krill, and plankton. There are even color enhancing foods made for specific species of fish.

Crab and Lobster Foods

Every crab or lobster owner has asked the same question, “What do I feed them?” Although there is not a wide selection of foods made specifically for crustaceans, a few good ones are on the market. In addition to those, brine shrimp pellets are readily accepted by crabs and lobsters, and are a great supplementary food.

Daphnia Choices

Daphnia is the most commonly found crustacean in freshwater ponds, rivers, and lakes. In nature the first food that newly hatched and young fish consume is Daphnia. Even adult fish relish it. If you can’t lay your hands on fresh daphnia, try these top Daphnia picks

Discus Foods

Discus are one of the more difficult fish to feed. In spite of their large size, they have a relatively small mouth, and prefer small foods. They are midlevel feeders, which means they eat food as it falls through the water. Meaty foods such as beefheart and live foods such as brine shrimp are ideal. When it’s not possible to feed live foods try these good alternative Discus foods.

Flake Foods (General Purpose)

Most fish enthusiasts have community tanks, which look great but pose a bit of a challenge at feeding time. A good flake food will meet the needs of most, if not all fish in a community tank. If you have bottom dwelling fish be sure to supplement the flakes with a sinking wafer or pellet food.

Freeze-Dried Brine Shrimp

When conditioning fish for breeding, high quality foods are a must. Brine shrimp is an excellent conditioning food, as well as a perfect treat for any fish. Although fresh brine is ideal, frozen, freeze dried and flakes are an excellent source of nutrition for all your fish. Here are my top freeze-dried brine shrimp choices.

Frozen Brine Shrimp

When conditioning fish for breeding, high quality foods are a must. Brine shrimp is an excellent conditioning food, as well as a perfect treat for any fish. Although fresh brine is ideal, frozen, freeze dried and flakes are an excellent source of nutrition for all your fish. Here are my top frozen brine shrimp choices.

Fry Foods

Baby fish (fry) need special foods that are easy to digest, high in nutrients, yet small enough to eat. Live freshly hatched brine shrimp are the fry food of choice, but not always easily available. Here are some alternative foods made especially for fry.

Goldfish Food

Goldfish have a unique digestive tract that requires specialized food to ensure proper digestion and optimum health. They should be fed a variety of foods to ensure they receive the nutrients and vitamins they need. Here are my top picks for Goldfish foods.

Koi Foods

Although many people might think Koi are simply large goldfish, owners know they have their own special dietary needs. For optimal color and health, feed them special Koi foods rather than goldfish food, or even standard pond foods. Here are the Koi foods I would choose.

Krill Choices

Krill are especially beneficial in promoting brilliant colors in your fish. The shell of the Krill provides additional roughage, which aids in digestion. For a healthy treat, offer Krill as an occasional supplement. Whole Krill are good for larger fish, while smaller freeze dried preparations can be fed to any fish.

Pellet Foods

There is nothing easier to feed your fish than pellets. Pellets are not messy as other foods, and excess food that is not eaten is easy to remove with a net. Here are my top choices in pelleted food.

Plankton Choices

Plankton is another good source of color enhancing carotene. Larger fish will enjoy whole plankton. While smaller fish like the smaller freeze-dried preparations. Take care when feeding, as uneaten portions can foul the water very quickly. Remove any leftover pieces after five minutes.

Sinking Foods

Fish feed at all levels of the aquarium. To ensure that mid and bottom feeding fish get enough food, offer sinking foods in addition to the traditional floating types of foods. Nocturnal bottom feeders are particularly are often underfed because they are forgotten. Be sure to drop some sinking food in the tank for them just before turning the lights off for the night.

Tubifex Worms

Worms are the favorite food of many fish, however they often carry disease that can devastate an aquarium. Freeze-dried worms are an excellent alternative, as they can be treated to eliminate diseases. Whether conditioning fish before breeding, or simply looking for a treat to offer your fish, consider freeze-dried tubifex worms – your fish will love them.

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