Flake Food is the most common of all fish foods and is generally the easiest to use. You simply sprinkle a little over the top of your water and the fish come up to feast! A variety of flakes are available for specific fish. Marine flake is designed for a saltwater fishes’ diet, while community tropical flake is for freshwater fish like tetras, barbs, or angels. Goldfish have their very own flake, as well as cichlids. The ingredients within each flake were chosen based on the natural diet of each type of fish. A flake food is a great basic staple food for all fish, each according to its type.
Pellets come in a variety of sizes but most are for larger fish. Cichlid pellets are common, as well as pellets for larger predatory fish like catfish or sharks. Pellets contain the same basic ingredients as flake foods, just in a different form. Some pellets are designed to float, while others will slowly sink to feed bottom-dwellers. Try pellets for your larger fish, like Oscars, catfish, large cichlids, groupers, etc.
Freeze-dried foods are a great supplemental food, an excellent alternative to live food that can carry diseases. This type of food is all-natural, usually in whole form. They have plenty of nutritional value and flavour that your fish will crave. Available varieties include krill, plankton, bloodworms, and other fish favourites. All fish will eagerly feed on freeze-dried foods, though give sparingly, not as their primary diet.
Fish go crazy for frozen food! If you have a fussy eater, try some natural frozen food- it is sure to get them to nibble! Like freeze-dried food, frozen food is in its natural form, with varieties ranging from brine shrimp, krill, mysis, and other basics, to nutritious specialty blends created for specific fish, like Discus formula or Shark formula. Feed as a supplement to their regular staple diet. A perfect alternative to live food!