5 High-Quality Fish Foods That You Have to Try
What do you feed your fish when it comes to pre-prepared fish food? Are you a die-hard fan of Team Hikari or a DIYer on Team Repashy? Or, are you someone like me who suffers from fish food collectoritis? Your fridge is full of empty bottles. We have hundreds of fish foods from around the world. So when I try out a new product in fish keeping, I usually look for:
– Ingredients: What materials are used to make the food and what nutrients do they contain? – Palatability – Are my fish crazy about it? How quickly does it get eaten? – Ease Of Use – How much time does it take to prepare? Is it likely to make the water a bit dirty or require additional tank maintenance? Price – Is it expensive? And is it difficult to find?
These are my top picks for prepared foods that are easy to prepare and proven to be effective.
Favorite Flake Food: Xtreme Krill Flakes
There are many brands of fish flakes on the marketplace. How do you know which one is the best? Check out Xtreme Krill Flakes, a premium flake made with high-quality foods that include krill as its main ingredient. The smell and taste of krill is irresistible to fish, and it’s a great source of protein that naturally enhances fish colors. It can easily be crumbled into the desired size to feed small guppy fry and cichlids who need that extra color. We personally fell in love with this food feeding it to our livebearers and can’t recommend it enough!
Favorite Pellet Food: Xtreme Nano
Flakes are great for fish that eat off the surface, but what about mid-water or bottom dwelling fish that prefer slowly sinking foods? Xtreme Nano excels in this area. The 0.5mm pellet food is high in protein from delicious sources such as fish, krill and squid. It’s also low on fillers so you only need a small amount. It is small enough to be used by tetras as well as livebearers, corydoras and other small community fish. This nutritious staple is great for anyone who doesn’t know what to feed their fish each day.
Favorite Fry Food: Aquarium Co-Op Easy Fry and Small Fish Food
I’m really into breeding nano fish right now, so this fine-grained food is perfect for both the adults and babies in my aquariums. It has salmon, spirulina, kelp and high crude protein (55%) and crude oil content (18%). This makes it great for healthy fry. The squeeze bottle is what really makes this food stand out. It’s hard to believe that the packaging makes such a big difference. However, it’s easy to put a few drops in each tank to feed many fish quickly and efficiently. I only own a few aquariums, so I can only imagine the time savings for people who own a fish room or work at a pet store.
Hikari Vibra Bits is Finicky Eaters’ Favorite Food
Certain aquatic pets such as puffers, discus, and African dwarfs frogs are known for not taking frozen or live food. This can lead to them being discouraged from keeping them. It would be great if there were a ready-to-eat food that could look and move in the water like frozen bloodworms. Enter Hikari Vibra Bites. These red, worm-like food sticks are smaller and shorter than actual bloodworms, making them easier for little fish like tetras to eat. These food sticks are packed with nutrients and color-enhancing ingredients, including garlic, cuttlefish, insects and fish. It’s possible for some people to refuse to eat these foods, but it can save you time and hassle.
Favorite Food for Bottom Feeders: Repashy Gel Food
I had never heard of gel foods before, but now that I’ve started using Repashy Superfoods, it’s become a staple with my aquariums. Simply add the powder to boiling water and let it set up like Jell-O. Then cut into cubes or freeze it for later. The gel food doesn’t break apart immediately in water and lasts up to 24 hours or more, making it great for slower feeders such as nocturnal catfish or baby fry. You can even dip driftwood or smooth rocks in the liquid before it sets, giving your algae and aufwuchs eaters a flat surface to graze off. I also love how there’s so many varieties that target the specific diets of goldfish, herbivores, wood eaters, baby fish, and so forth. One warning: Repashy is a very unique scent that drives fish crazy.
In terms of fish foods, I don’t have a particular brand loyalty. As Cory (the owner of Aquarium Co-Op) puts it, trying out different fish foods is like Fantasy Football where you can pick the best players from each team. If you want more variety, better nutrition, or just to pamper your fish, my top five list is for you. You just might find a new all-time favorite fish food!