5 High-Quality Fish Foods That You Have to Try
How do you choose to feed prepared fish food? Are you a die-hard fan of Team Hikari or a DIYer on Team Repashy? Are you like me? Do you have serious fish food collectoritis or a fridge full of half-empty bottles? In today’s world of fish keeping, we have the luxury of choosing from hundreds of fish foods produced by companies all over the world, so when I test out a new product, I generally look for:
– Ingredients – What is the food made out of and what nutrients does it contain? – Palatability – Are my fish crazy about it? How fast does it get eaten – Ease of Use – How long does it take to prepare? Does it make the water dirty and require extra tank maintenance? – Price – Will it break the bank and how hard is it to source?
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’s a gazillion brands of fish flakes on the market, so what’s a good brand you can trust with all the right nutrients? Xtreme Krill Flakes is a premium flake that uses krill as the main ingredient. Krill’s delicious taste and smell is irresistible to fish. It’s also a good source of protein, which naturally enhances the fish’s colors. As a flake food, it can be easily crumbled up to the right size, making it ideal for feeding small guppy fry or cichlids that need that extra pop in color. We fell in love with the food after feeding it to our livebears and cannot 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? That’s where Xtreme Nano really shines. This 0.5 mm pellet food is packed with protein (from delicious sources like krill, fish and squid) and low on fillers, so a little bit goes a long way. This tiny size makes it ideal for small fish such as tetras and rasboras. 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 contains salmon, spirulina and kelp, with high crude protein content (55%) as well as crude fat content (18%). This is great for raising 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. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a pre-prepared food that looked and behaved in the same way as frozen bloodworms? Enter Hikari Vibra Bites. These red, worm-like food sticks, which look like bloodworms, are much easier for tiny fish 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. Just add boiling water to some powder, let it set like Jell-O, and then cut it up into cubes to feed your fish or freeze for later use. Gel food won’t dissolve in water immediately and can last up to 24 hours. This makes it ideal for slow feeders like baby fry or nocturnal catfish. Even driftwood and smooth stones can be dipped into the liquid before it sets. This will give your algae-eating aufwuchs friends a flat surface to walk on. I also love how there’s so many varieties that target the specific diets of goldfish, herbivores, wood eaters, baby fish, and so forth. A word of caution though: Repashy’s unique scent can drive 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 might just discover a new favorite fish food.