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Best Fish Foods: Our Top Picks

  • Brennen Lahn
  • 15 days ago
Best Aquarium Foods

Providing your fish species the proper diet is the best way to keep them happy and healthy. With so many fish varieties within the hobby, there are many different types of food which makes selecting the best one for your needs difficult. Within this article we will break down some of the best fish foods for some of the most popular fish species in the hobby. Whether it’s frozen, freeze dried, or live, we have plenty of food choices regardless of which species you keep in your system. We will continue to offer the best food options on the market for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. If you have any questions or if you are looking for a food recommendation, our customer care team would be happy to assist you.

As part of this analysis, we will look into a great all around food option for freshwater aquariums in addition to making a recommendation for the more finicky freshwater species. Then, we will touch on a frozen food variety and a flake option for saltwater aquariums. Finally, we will finish up on a live food recommendation even the most picky fish will enjoy.

Summary: 

An easy pellet option for freshwater: New Life Spectrum Thera+A
The frozen freshwater special: V2O Aquarium Foods Frozen Bloodworms
A saltwater snack anyone would enjoy: New Life Spectrum Naturox Marine Sinking Pellets
The frozen everyday saltwater feeder: PE Mysis Shrimp
A special treat for the picky eaters: AlgaeBarn Copepod Mix

An easy pellet option for freshwater: New Life Spectrum Thera+A

New Life Spectrum Thera+A
New Life Spectrum Thera+A

Pellets have long been one of the best and easiest ways to feed our freshwater fish. New Life Spectrum has been one of the leaders in aquarium flakes and pellets for years and their Thera+A diet is ideal for a large majority of freshwater species. This particular food will sink and is formulated with garlic to help boost your fish’s immune system. This food is high in vitamins and protein which will help keep your fish fully nourished and brightly colored. Each container is manufactured within the United States with high quality ingredients. The Thera+A also includes a large amount of seaweed to aid in fish digestion. Each of these details make the Thera+A Pellets from New Life Spectrum one of the best fish foods for a standard freshwater aquarium.

The frozen freshwater special: V2O Aquarium Foods Frozen Bloodworms

If you’re looking to reward your freshwater fish for good behavior or, you’re trying to get a finicky new inhabitant to eat, look no further than V2O’s frozen bloodworms. While bloodworms are considered to not be one of the most nutritious meals, most freshwater fish cannot resist them. We recommend feeding bloodworms once a week as they are absolutely packed with protein. These particular bloodworms from V20 Aquarium Foods are processed through three unique purification stages to ensure that there are no harmful organics within them. These qualities make the blood worms from V2O Aquatics one of the best treats for your beloved freshwater fish.

V2O Aquarium Foods Frozen Bloodworms
V2O Aquarium Foods Frozen Bloodworms

A saltwater snack anyone would enjoy: New Life Spectrum Naturox Marine Sinking Pellets

New Life Spectrum Naturox Marine Pellets
New Life Spectrum Naturox Marine Pellets

Next up, we have another offering from New Life Spectrum which is an excellent pellet choice for a variety of saltwater aquarium species. This is our most popular pellet offering from NLS due to its ability to be fed to a wide variety of saltwater aquarium fish. Similar to the Thera+A food, the Naturox is also manufactured completely in the United States and features a heavy dose of garlic to keep immune systems boosted while preventing parasites. NLS recommends feeding this food twice a day to keep your fish fully nourished. These pellets have no artificial colors or preservatives which means that it will have an expiration date. All of this information results in a product that is one of the best fish foods for most saltwater aquarium species. 

The frozen everyday saltwater feeder: PE Mysis Shrimp

PE Mysis shrimp has been the go-to saltwater frozen fish food for over a decade for a few simple reasons. The main reason being that it is a nutritious and desirable meal for a plethora of freshwater and saltwater species. Additionally, Mysis are filled with protein and fat that will help your fish maintain a healthy weight. We offer different variations of this product including a brick that can be broken into pieces and thawed out or, a container of pre-portioned cubes that can simply be popped out of the packaging and into some water to defrost before feeding. We recommend mixing in brine shrimp and feeding each once a day for a varied diet that will keep your fish happy and healthy. Each of these reasons make PE Mysis shrimp our pick for one of the best fish foods for everyday saltwater use.

PE Mysis Shrimp
PE Mysis Shrimp

A special treat for the picky eaters: AlgaeBarn Copepod Mix

AlgaeBarn Copepod Mix
AlgaeBarn Copepod Mix

For the fish species that are picky eaters or have small mouths, we have a food suggestion for you. The Copepod mix from AlgaeBarn provides a buffet of options that even the most selective eaters will enjoy. This jar will include an average of 5,280 copepods with a mix of Tiger, Tisbe, and Apocyclops species. A large section of saltwater fish rely on copepods to be their main source of food. These species include a Mandarin Dragonets, Seahorses, Anthias, Wrasse, in addition to some filter feeding corals and inverts. It is important to add the pods into your system in the dark so that they can get settled into your aquarium and begin populating. In addition to being an excellent food source, copepods are also ideal scavengers that will help keep your tank clean. Copepods offer great nutrition for fish but they can get expensive if you cannot keep up their population. Therefore, we recommend using a sump with plenty of biological media to allow for the population of these pods to continually grow. For their valued nutrition, the Copepod mix from AlgaeBarn is our selection for one of the best fish foods for the picky eaters.

Final Thoughts:

We hope this article has given you insight into some great food options regardless of the type of aquarium and fish species you keep. There are plenty of other great food choices we have on our site that we were not able to highlight within this piece. We look forward to continuing to offer some of the best aquarium fish food options on the market. Providing your fish species with the proper food will go quite a ways in ensuring the long term health of your aquarium. If you are having trouble getting your species to eat or, you are just looking for a recommendation, our customer care team would be more than happy to assist you.

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