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Thread: Fish Food?

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    Just out of curiousity, I was wondering what people's favourite/go-to all-round basic tropical food/flake was? Eg. JEBO, Nutrafin, Tetra, etc, and why?

    Also what are some other fish foods you'd recommend or NOT recommend?

    I have been tropical fishkeeping (finally moving on from goldfish!) since January this year, and have already found a couple of foods which work for me, and some that my fish seem to HATE. Would really love to hear other people's experiences. :)

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    I feed Kens, NLS and Hikari supplemented with some home raised live feeders and fresh veggies.

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    I feed Ken's flakes and catfish pellets, Hikari algae tablets, Hikari micro wafers for new fish and frozen bloodworms/brine shrimp for treats.

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    New Life Spectrum. I just think it is the most well-rounded food out there and I have had good results. Hikari though is also a great brand. This can be a sort of Chevy vs. Ford discussion though, it really comes down to personal preference and availability.
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    Daphnia! The best fish food!

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    I feed New Life Spectrum and food from Pellets are superior to flakes. Flakes leach out their nutrients within a minute of being in the water. Pellets last much longer in the water.

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    Wow. I've never heard of any of those brands, haha. That's interesting about flakes losing their nutrients after they've been in the water. I feed sinking pellets for my loaches and plecos. I got the algae wafers for the plecos but they turned their noses up at them and went and stole the loaches shrimp pellets instead. I also give everyone bloodworms once or twice a week.

    Thanks for that thread, very useful. It seems that hikari is a lot of people's favorites. I wonder if that's available here...
    Last edited by Amelia; 05-06-2012 at 08:56 PM.

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    Tetramin for me, been using that since my first tank over 20 years ago. Decent stuff with the added bonus that I know I'm overfeeding when they don't take the red flakes.

    Supplement that as needed with treats, my Hengeli love peas and everyone likes a freshly hatched mosquito larvae but that's a seasonal treat over here.

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    Omega one, New Life Spectrum, Aqueon and Hikari all make very good foods.
    2 10 gallon tanks, 1 20 gallon tank, 1 Fluval Edge, 1 29 gallon tank, and one backyard pond.

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    I used to feed mostly wardley total tropical and Nutrafin (and LOADS of frozen and live foods), but on the advice of the guy at the LFS switched all my fish to new life spectrum (It's available online in NZ from hollywood fish farm. They have Hikari, too), I have the 0.5mm small fish pellets for most of my fish, the fresh water flakes that I can crush up and feed to the growing fry (my platies are constantly breeding, and the celestial pearl danios are at it again, too), and the H2O stable sinking tablets for the bristlenoses and the khulis. All my fish seem to be doing amaisingly well on it.

    Flakes leach out their nutrients within a minute of being in the water
    yes, but the flakes don't stay in the water in any of my tanks for as long as a minute... it's a feeding frenzy... 30 seconds tops before all the flakes are gone.

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