How To Choose The Best Tropical Fish Food Based on Ingredients & Fish Size

There are an awful lot of fish foods on the market. Store shelves and online retailers offer so many different options, all in eye-catching packaging with pictures of healthy, brilliantly colored fish on the front.

Don’t be fooled by slick marketing and packaging. There are major brands of fish food using low-quality ingredients (more on this later). Ignore the pictures of happy fish on the front, and take a look at the ingredients list on the back, that’s what is really important.

To make it easier for you, I purchased 32 types of fish food, checked their ingredients and split them up into different categories based on fish size.

To navigate this article, you can use the links below to skip to the section related to the size of your fish.

How To Analyze and Judge Fish Food Quality

The main factors that determine whether a fish food is right for your tank are:

Getting The Right Size Food For Your Fish

You can have the most amazing food in the world, but if it’s the wrong size for your fish’s mouth, they can’t eat it, and it’s worthless. For this article, we purchased each different kind of food and took reference photos to show the size.

I’ve split the different sizes into four categories:

  • Nano – 1-2 inches (2.5-5 centimeters) – These are the truly tiny guys, like chili rasboras and neon tetras. Their small size means that food must be miniscule to fit in their mouths. Crushed flakes, powdered foods and micro pellets work best.
  • Small – >2-3 inches (>5-7.5 centimeters) – These species are a bit bigger, like guppies and platy fish, but still tiny enough that their food needs to be in very small pieces. Crushed up flakes and small pellets work best.
  • Medium – >3-5 inches (>7.5-13 centimeters) – Most fish foods are designed to feed fish this size. Flakes and small to medium pellets work best.
  • Large – >5 and larger (>13 centimeters) – Bigger fish can often eat foods made for smaller fish, but it’s a lot more efficient to feed them foods designed for their large mouths. 

The First Ingredient Is The Most Important

Cheap fish foods use low quality ingredients. The first ingredient listed will be something like generic fish meal, and fillers like corn or soy.

Yes, these foods will keep your fish from starving to death, but they’re the equivalent of a human eating nothing but hot dogs all the time. 

Generic fish meal is the leftovers of fish carcasses after the meat and oil have been removed. It’s the guts, bones and scales, essentially, the trash from harvesting the edible parts of a fisherman’s catch.

Some parts are completely indigestible, like scales, fins and teeth, and will just pass through the fish’s digestion as waste, contributing to the bioload of the aquarium without providing any meaningful nutrition.

Here is an example of low-quality fish food you should avoid

If generic fish meal is the first ingredient of a fish food, I would recommend skipping it, and look for something that provides higher quality nutrition.

Whole ingredients, like whole fish, shrimp or krill, contain more usable protein than fish carcasses that have been stripped of all their meat.

Here’s an example of high-quality ingredient

As well, non-aquatic fillers like soy and corn can’t really be broken down by a fish’s digestive system, so they just become waste, creating more poop, but providing very few actual nutrients.  

The foods on this list were all individually chosen because they are made from high quality protein sources and aren’t packed with fillers.

Feeding Method

Fish don’t all feed in the same way. Some eat at the surface, some want to sweep in and grab food that’s floating in the middle of the water column and some want to eat food that is laying along the substrate.

The foods listed in this article are denoted as follows:

  • Floating – these foods will remain floating for an extensive period of time. These are good for surface feeding fish.
  • Slow sinking – OK manufacturers call these foods “slow sinking,” but these foods float briefly and then still sink to the bottom pretty quickly. These are good foods for fish that like to grab food from the mid-water.
  • Sinking – just like the name says, these foods immediately sink to the substrate. These foods are best for bottom dwelling fish, like catfish.
  • Gel food – this kind of food is in powder form, which you mix with hot water, and it then forms a kind of a fish food Jello. Fish of all sizes can eat gel food. Little fish nibble on it and big fish gulp it up in big chunks. You can just drop chunks into the tank or even coat things like tiles or small pieces of driftwood, so suckermouth fish can scrape it off to eat. 

Food for Nano Fish (1-2 inches, 2.5-5 centimeters)

New Life Spectrum Grow 60

Spectrum Grow comes in the form of teeny tiny pellets meant for fry and nano fish. This food is packed with high quality protein sources and a wide variety of seaweeds as well as spirulina. Even tiny tetras and tadpoles will gobble this up. This is a floating pellet.

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Squid (Dosidicus gigas), Krill ­(Euphasia superba), Whole Wheat Flour, Fish (Brevoortia tyrannus), Garlic, Fish Oil, Seaweed (Ulva lactuca, Undaria pinnatafida, Eucheuma cottonii, Eucheuma spinosum, Chondrus crispus), Kelp, Green Algae (Chlorellapyrendoidosa), Ginger, Astaxanthin, Spirulina, Marigold, Bentonite Clay, Sea Salt, Vitamin A Acetate,Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement,Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate,  L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Vitamin C), Choline Chloride, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Tocopherols (a preservative)

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New Life Spectrum Grow 60g (Naturox Series)
New Life Spectrum Grow 60g (Naturox Series)

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    Northfin Fish Food Veggie Formula Slow Sinking Pellets 1mm

    This veggie formula is awesome for herbivorous and omnivorous nano fish. Organic kelp and whole krill provide great nutrition that is easily digestible. This is a slow sinking pellet.

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    Organic Kelp (Laminariales), Whole Antarctic Krill Meal (Euphausia Superba), High DHA Omega-3 Whole Herring Meal, Whole Sardine Meal, Wheat Flour, Spirulina, Garlic (Allium Sativum), Astaxanthin, Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamin A Acetate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Cholecalciferol, Alpha-tocopherol Acetate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamine, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Selenium, Zinc, Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis)

    Northfin Fish Food Veggie Formula Slow Sinking Pellets (1mm 250g)
    Northfin Fish Food Veggie Formula Slow Sinking Pellets (1mm 250g)

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      New Life Spectrum Thera A Small

      These sinking pellets, combine krill, squid, a medley of seaweeds, with spirulina and marigold. This is a color enhancing, balanced diet.

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      Krill (Euphasia superba), Squid (Dosidicus gigas), Whole Wheat Flour, Fish (Brevoortia tyrannus), Garlic, Fish Oil, Seaweed (Ulva lactuca, Undaria pinnatafida, Eucheuma cottonii, Eucheuma spinosum, Chondrus crispus), Kelp, Green Algae (Chlorella pyrendoidosa), Ginger, Astaxanthin, Spirulina,  Marigold, Bentonite Clay, Sea Salt, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin,Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride,Calcium Pantothenate, L-Ascorbyl-2 Polyphosphate (Vitamin C), Choline Chloride, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Tocopherols (a preservative)

      New Life Spectrum Thera A Small 60g (Naturox Series)
      New Life Spectrum Thera A Small 60g (Naturox Series)

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        Food for Small Fish (>2-3 inches, >5-7.5 centimeters)

        New Life Spectrum Naturox Series Cichlid Formula

        This sinking pellet is packed with proteins like krill, giant, squid and whole fish. It also contains plant ingredients, such as a variety of seaweeds, and Marigold, which is a color enhancing ingredient.

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        Krill (Euphasia superba), Squid (Dosidicus gigas), Whole Wheat Flour, Fish (Brevoortia tyrannus), Seaweed (Ulva latuca, Undaria pinnatafida, Euchema cottonii, Euchema spinosum, Chondrus crispus), Green Algae (Chlorella pyrendoidosa), Kelp, Garlic, Ginger, Astaxanthin, Spirulina, Fish Oil, Marigold, Bentonite Clay, Sea Salt, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Vitamin C), Choline Chloride, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Tocopherols (a preservative)

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        New Life Spectrum Naturox Series Cichlid Formula Supplement, 300g
        New Life Spectrum Naturox Series Cichlid Formula Supplement, 300g

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          Northfin Fish Food Cichlid Formula Slow Sinking Pellets 2mm

          These slow, sinking pellets compact with excellent protein sources, like krill, whole herring, Whole sardines, kelp, and spirulina. This is a great mix of plant and protein food sources that could easily be used as a staple diet for your fish.

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          Whole Antarctic Krill Meal (Euphausia Superba), High DHA Omega-3 Whole Herring Meal, Whole Sardine Meal, Wheat Flour, Organic Kelp (Laminariales), Spirulina, Garlic (Allium Sativum), Astaxanthin, Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamin A Acetate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Cholecalciferol, Alpha-tocopherol Acetate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamine, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Sulfate Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Selenium, Zinc, Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis)

          Northfin Fish Food Cichlid Formula Slow Sinking Pellets (2mm 250g)
          Northfin Fish Food Cichlid Formula Slow Sinking Pellets (2mm 250g)

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            Northfin Fish Food Krill Formula Slow Sinking Pellets

            These slow, sinking pellets are primarily sourced from whole krill, kelp, and spirulina. This high protein content would be excellent for small, carnivorous fish.

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            Whole Antarctic Krill Meal (Euphausia Superba), Wheat flour, Organic Kelp (Laminariales), Garlic (Allium Sativum), Spirulina (Dietary Supplement), Astaxanthin, Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamin A Acetate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Cholecalciferol, Alpha-tocopherol Acetate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamine, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Selenium, Zinc, Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis)

            Northfin Fish Food Krill Formula Slow Sinking Pellets (2mm 80g)
            Northfin Fish Food Krill Formula Slow Sinking Pellets (2mm 80g)

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              Omega One Betta Buffet 1.5mm Pellets

              Packed with salmon, whole herring, and whole shrimp, these pellets are a great choice for betas and other small, carnivorous fish. Period they also contain marigold extract, which can help enhance red colors in fish.

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              Salmon, Wheat Flour, Whole Herring, Pea Protein, Whole Shrimp, Wheat Gluten, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Mixed Tocopherols, Marigold Extract, Niacin, Inositol, Astaxanthin, Canthaxanthin, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement

              Omega One Betta Buffet 1.5mm Pellets, 1 oz
              Omega One Betta Buffet 1.5mm Pellets, 1 oz

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                Omega One Color Mini Sinking Pellets

                Made up of quality, protein, sources, like salmon, whole herring and whole shrimp, these sinking pellets, also contain marigold to help enhance colors.

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                Salmon, Whole Herring, Wheat Germ, Wheat Flour, Whole Shrimp, Pea Protein, Rice Bran, Wheat Gluten, Herring Oil, Kelp, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Mixed Tocopherols, Marigold Extract, Niacin, Inositol, Astaxanthin, Canthaxanthin, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement

                Omega One Color Mini Pellets, Sinking, 3.5 oz
                Omega One Color Mini Pellets, Sinking, 3.5 oz

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                  Omega One Freeze Dried Bloodworms

                  Freeze dried bloodworms are a great source of extra protein. You wouldn’t want to make this your fishes only food, but it makes a great supplement or treat.

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                  Freeze Dried Bloodworms

                  Omega One Freeze Dried Blood Worms, 0.96 oz
                  Omega One Freeze Dried Blood Worms, 0.96 oz

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                    Omega One Super Veggie Pellets Small Floating

                    These small, floating pellets, have a good balanced mix of proteins, like salmon, whole herring, and whole shrimp with and spirulina. They also contain some marigold extract, which can help enhance colors.

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                    Salmon, Whole Herring, Rice Bran, Wheat Flour, Wheat Germ, Kelp, Pea Protein, Whole Shrimp, Wheat Gluten, Spirulina, Herring Oil, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Mixed Tocopherols, Marigold Extract, Niacin, Inositol, Astaxanthin, Canthaxanthin, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement

                    Omega One Super Veggie Pellets Small 6.5oz
                    Omega One Super Veggie Pellets Small 6.5oz

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                      Food for Medium Fish (>3-5 inches, >7.5-13 centimeters)

                      Fluval Bug Bites Tropical Fish Food, Small Granules

                      Fluval Bug Bites Are made up, primarily of dried black soldier, fly larvae, an excellent protein source that mimics the insectivore diet of many fish. I do feel like this food should be an add-on and not a staple diet, because it doesn’t have a large variety of protein, sources or plant-based ingredients.

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                      Black Soldier Fly Larvae, Salmon, Fish Protein Concentrate, Green Peas, Potato, Wheat, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Dl-Methionine, Lecithin, Choline Chloride, L-Lysine, Vitamin E Supplement, Biotin, Niacin, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Marigold Extract, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract, Riboflavin, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Inositol, Folic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement

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                      Fluval Bug Bites Tropical Fish Food, Small Granules for Small to Medium Sized Fish, 1.6 oz., A6577
                      Fluval Bug Bites Tropical Fish Food, Small Granules for Small to Medium Sized Fish, 1.6 oz., A6577

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                        Omega One Super Color Floating Cichlid Pellets 3mm

                        This variety of omega, one floating pellets, combine salmon, whole herring, whole shrimp, and kelp with color enhancing marigold extract. These are slightly larger pellets that are a good size for 4 or 5 inch fish.

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                        Salmon, Wheat Flour, Whole Herring, Wheat Germ, Whole Shrimp, Pea Protein, Wheat Gluten, Herring Oil, Kelp, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Marigold Extract, Vitamin E Supplement, Mixed Tocopherols, Niacin, Inositol, Astaxanthin, Canthaxanthin, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement

                        Omega One Super Color Floating Cichlid Pellets, 3mm Small Pellets, 3.5 oz Container
                        Omega One Super Color Floating Cichlid Pellets, 3mm Small Pellets, 3.5 oz Container

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                          Food for Large Fish (>5 inches and larger, >13 centimeters)

                          Northfin Fish Food Kelp Wafers 14mm

                          I love that the first ingredient of these wafers is kelp. So many “algae wafers“ have no actual kelp or algae ingredients, just fish meal, and fillers. These mix plant-based ingredients like kelp and spirulina with quality protein, sources like krill, herring, and whole sardines.

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                          Kelp, Whole Antarctic Krill Meal, High Omega-3 (DHA) Herring Meal, Whole Sardine Meal, Wheat Flour, Spirulina, Garlic, Astaxanthin (Haematococcus Algae), Calcium Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamin A Acetate, L-Ascorby-2-Polyphospate (Source of Vitamin C), D-Activated Animal-Sterol (D3), DL Alphatocopherol (E), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamine, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Selenium, Zinc

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                          Northfin Fish Food Kelp Wafers 14mm (250g)
                          Northfin Fish Food Kelp Wafers 14mm (250g)

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                            Omega One Sinking Catfish Pellets, 8mm Pellets

                            These large, sinking pellets are a great food source for catfish, and other bottom feeders. Featuring salmon, whole herring, shrimp, and kelp. These are great stable diet for the bottom dwellers of your tank. They are fairly large, so make sure they are getting eaten completely by your fish.

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                            Salmon, Whole Herring, Whole Shrimp, Wheat Flour, Wheat Germ, Pea Protein, Wheat Gluten, Kelp, Astaxanthin, Canthanxanthin, Potassium Sorbate, Ethoxyquin (Preservative), BHT (Preservative), BHA (Preservative), Natural And Artificial Colors, Ascorbyl Monophosphate (Source Of Vitamin C), Niacin, Inositol, Folic Acid, Biotin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement.

                            Omega One Sinking Shrimp Pellets, 8mm Pellets, 8.25 oz
                            Omega One Sinking Shrimp Pellets, 8mm Pellets, 8.25 oz

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                              Omega One Super Color Sinking Cichlid Pellets, 4mm Large Pellets

                              This is another great food from Omega One. Packed with salmon, whole herring, whole shrimp, and kelp, they also contain marigold extract that can help enhance color.

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                              Salmon, Whole Herring, Wheat Germ, Wheat Flour, Whole Shrimp, Pea Protein, Rice Bran, Wheat Gluten, Herring Oil, Kelp, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Mixed Tocopherols, Marigold Extract, Niacin, Inositol, Astaxanthin, Canthaxanthin, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement

                              Omega One Super Color Sinking Cichlid Pellets Aquarium Fish Food, 4mm Large Pellets, 9 oz
                              Omega One Super Color Sinking Cichlid Pellets Aquarium Fish Food, 4mm Large Pellets, 9 oz

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                                Omega One Veggie Rounds, 14mm Rounds

                                These have always been one of my fish’s favorite foods. Made up of protein sources like salmon, whole herring, kelp, shrimp, and spirulina, pretty much every fish in the tank goes down to the bottom to munch on these.

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                                Salmon, Whole Herring, Wheat Germ Meal, Wheat Flour, Rice Bran, Dried Kelp, Shrimp, Pea Protein, Wheat Gluten, Spirulina, Herring Oil, Vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Inositol, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Citric Acid (Preservative), Vinegar, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Rosemary Extract, Astaxanthin (Color), Canthaxanthin (Color).

                                Omega One Veggie Rounds, 14mm Rounds, Sinking, 8 Oz Container
                                Omega One Veggie Rounds, 14mm Rounds, Sinking, 8 Oz Container

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                                  Foods Suitable for All Sizes

                                  Most fish can eat these foods, but they may be too small for really large fish.

                                  New Life Spectrum Naturox Optimum All Purpose Flakes

                                  These flakes are made from Protein sources, like krill, squid and whole fish, as well as great plant-based foods like a mix of seaweeds, kelp, spirulina, marigold and algae. They make a great staple diet.

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                                  Krill (Euphasia superba), Squid (Dosidicus gigas), Whole Wheat Flour, Fish (Brevoortia tyrannus), Garlic, Fish Oil, Seaweed (Ulva latuca, Undaria pinnatafida, Euchema  cottonii, Euchema spinosum, Chondrus crispus), Green Algae (Chlorella pyrendoidosa), Kelp, Ginger, Astaxanthin, Spirulina, Marigold, Bentonite Clay, Sea Salt, Vitamin A Acetate,Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement,Vitamin B12 Supplement,  Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride,Calcium Pantothenate,  L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Vitamin C), Choline Chloride, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Tocopherols (a preservative)

                                  New Life Spectrum Naturox Optimum All Purpose Flakes 90g Fish Food
                                  New Life Spectrum Naturox Optimum All Purpose Flakes 90g Fish Food

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                                    Hikari Bio-Pure Freeze Dried Spirulina Brine Shrimp Cubes

                                    These cubes of brine shrimp and spirulina make a great supplement or treat for fish. There are not enough varied ingredients for it to be a staple diet but this is a great protein and vitamin rich add-on that most fish really like.

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                                    Freeze Dried Brine Shrimp, Spirulina

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                                    Hikari Bio-Pure Freeze Dried Spirulina Brine Shrimp Cubes for Pets, 0.42-Ounce
                                    Hikari Bio-Pure Freeze Dried Spirulina Brine Shrimp Cubes for Pets, 0.42-Ounce

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                                      Omega One Freeze Dried Tubifex Worms

                                      Freeze-dried tubifex worms are another protein packed treat that many fish really like. The individual worms are small, making this food better suited to nano, small and medium fish.

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                                      Freeze Dried Tubifex Worms

                                      Omega One Freeze Dried Tubifex Worms, 0.85 oz
                                      Omega One Freeze Dried Tubifex Worms, 0.85 oz

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                                        Omega One Super Color Flakes

                                        These flakes have always been a favorite in my fish room. They’re made up of great protein sources, like salmon, whole herring and whole shrimp. Mixed with pea protein, kelp and color enhancing marigold extract.

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                                        Salmon, Whole Herring, Wheat Flour, Whole Shrimp, Pea Protein, Wheat Gluten, Herring Oil, Kelp, Mixed Tocopherols, Carmine, Annatto Extract, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Marigold Extract, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Inositol, Astaxanthin, Canthaxanthin, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement

                                        Omega One Super Color Flakes 5.3 oz
                                        Omega One Super Color Flakes 5.3 oz

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                                          Omega One Super Veggie Green Seaweed

                                          These sheets of dried seaweed are a great treat for herbivorous fish.

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                                          Dried Seaweed

                                          Omega One Super Veggie Green Seaweed for All Algae Grazers.8 oz, 23 g, 24 Sheets, 3 Pack
                                          Omega One Super Veggie Green Seaweed for All Algae Grazers.8 oz, 23 g, 24 Sheets, 3 Pack

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                                            Repashy Morning Wood

                                            This gel food is absolutely fabulous for Pacheco and other wood eating fish. It is a crazy mix of plant-based ingredients, like seaweed, alfalfa, spirulina, and even watermelon. The first ingredient is cellulose powder which provides the dietary fiber, so often lacking in a captive pleco’s diet.

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                                            Cellulose Powder, Dried Seaweed Meal, Alfalfa Leaf Meal, Spirulina Algae, Rice Protein Concentrate, Pea Protein Isolate, Stabilized Rice Bran, Dried Brewer’s Yeast, Stinging Nettle, Locust Bean Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Citric Acid, Taurine, Garlic, Dried Kelp, Dried Watermelon, Rose Hips, Hibiscus Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Turmeric, Salt, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (as preservatives), Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate. Vitamins: (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D Supplement, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex)

                                            Repashy Morning Wood 3 Oz JAR
                                            Repashy Morning Wood 3 Oz JAR

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                                              Repashy Soilent Green

                                              I love that the first ingredient of this gel food is spirulina. It is such a high-quality plant-based ingredient packed with lots of nutrients. It also contains high-quality protein sources Like krill and black soldier fly larvae meal. This is a great staple diet for herbivorous fish.

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                                              Spirulina Algae, Algae Meal (Chlorella), Krill Meal, Pea Protein Isolate, Black Soldier Fly Larvae Meal, Rice Protein Concentrate, Fish Meal, Alfalfa Leaf Meal, Dried Brewer’s Yeast, Coconut Meal, Stabilized Rice Bran, Flax Seed Meal, Schizochytrium Algae, Dried Seaweed Meal, Lecithin, Locust Bean Gum, Citric Acid, Taurine, Stinging Nettle, Garlic, Dried Kelp, Dried Watermelon, RoseHips, Hibiscus Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Turmeric, Salt, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (as preservatives), Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate. Vitamins: (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D Supplement, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex)

                                              Repashy Soilent Green 6 Oz JAR
                                              Repashy Soilent Green 6 Oz JAR

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                                                Repashy Super Gold

                                                Although this food is marketed towards goldfish, it makes a great food for tropical fish as well. It has a nice balance between high-quality protein sources and plant-based ingredients. This would make a really well balanced staple diet for most species of tropical fish.

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                                                Krill Meal, Spirulina Algae, Black Soldier Fly Larvae Meal, Chlorella Algae, Squid Meal, Dandelion Leaf, Seaweed Meal, Whole Egg, Pea Protein Isolate, Rice Protein Concentrate, Banana Powder, Brewer’s Dried Yeast, Mussel Meal, Mango Powder, Lecithin, Locust Bean Gum, Citric Acid, Stinging Nettle, Garlic, Ginger, Cinnamon, Dried Kelp, Phaffia Yeast, Dried Watermelon, RoseHips, Hibiscus Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Turmeric, Salt, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (as preservatives), Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate. Vitamins: (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D Supplement, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex)

                                                Repashy Super Gold Goldfish and Koi Gel Food 6 Oz JAR
                                                Repashy Super Gold Goldfish and Koi Gel Food 6 Oz JAR

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                                                  Repashy Super Green

                                                  This formulation is great for herbivorous fish that shouldn’t eat a lot of animal-based protein. It showcases in wide variety of plant-based foods that would be excellent for plecos or herbivorous African cichlids.

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                                                  Spirulina Algae, Algae Meal (Chlorella), Pea Protein Isolate, Rice Protein Concentrate, Alfalfa Leaf Powder, Stabalized Rice Bran, Dandelion Powder, Dried Brewer’s Yeast, Coconut Meal, Schizochytrium Algae, Dried Seaweed Meal, Locust Bean Gum, Lecithin, Citric Acid, Taurine, Stinging Nettle, Garlic, Dried Kelp, Dried Watermelon, RoseHips, Hibiscus Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Turmeric, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (as preservatives), Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate. Vitamins: (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D Supplement, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2- Monophosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex)

                                                  Repashy SuperGreen 6 Oz JAR
                                                  Repashy SuperGreen 6 Oz JAR

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                                                    Zoo Med Spirulina 20 Flake Fish Food

                                                    Spirulina 20 has always been one of the foods that I rotate around for my various aquariums. It is a good mix between animal based ingredients and large amounts of spirulina, which is packed with all sorts of different nutrients. I’ve always had good growth from this food.

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                                                    Salmon Fish Meal, Spirulina Algae Meal, Soy Flour, Wheat Flour, Corn Starch, Dried Krill Meal, Shrimp Meal, Plankton Meal, Lecithin, Vegetable Oil, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (stabilized Vitamin C)

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                                                    Zoo Med Spirulina 20 Flake Fish Food, 4-Ounce
                                                    Zoo Med Spirulina 20 Flake Fish Food, 4-Ounce

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                                                      A Varied Diet is Best

                                                      It’s best to feed fish a diet made up of as many different quality food sources as you can.

                                                      It’s just like with people. Oranges are a good healthy food, but they shouldn’t be the only thing that you eat. A healthy diet should be made up of a variety of different foods in order to make sure that you get the nutrients your body needs.

                                                      Fish are no different. It’s especially. To feed them. Several different kinds of animal proteins and plant-based foods to ensure they get all of the nutrition that they need.

                                                      Katherine Morgan
                                                      Katherine Morgan

                                                      Hey, there! I'm Katherine from Northwest Florida. An aquarium specialist, I've kept tanks for over two decades, enjoy experimenting with low-tech planted setups and an avid South American cichlid enthusiast.

                                                      2 Comments

                                                      1. Thank you for this list, I have spent a lot of time looking for the best food to feed my wet pets. You’ve made my job much easier. Thanks again and keep up the great work.

                                                      2. Thank you so much for the list and comparisons. I’m always looking for good foods to feed my Aquatic Pals. I made the mistake of buying a major brand that was on sale that started with an A and ended with an N *Coughs* “Aqueon” and one of their Algae wavers, just one, decimated my nano tank and spiked the ammonia so high that I lost 5 out of 6 of my neon tetras. I liked that you singled out the ingredients that we need to look out for in mass quantities. Bug Bites are by far my main go-to for my fish, but I may try Omega One Veggie Rounds after reading your review of them.
                                                        Thanks!

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