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rachpreach 12-21-2006 06:22 PM

What kind of fish food is best?
I feed tetra min flakes. I used to feed the tetra min crisps but they stopped carrying it where i get it. I was just wondering what kind everyone uses and what is the best?

trenac 12-21-2006 07:23 PM

The best is a variety of different types of foods: Frozen, live, freeze dried, flakes, pellets etc.

I personally started switching all my foods over to Hikari because this brand does not contain any copper, which is bad for shrimp.

dyckster 12-21-2006 08:51 PM

I also use Tetramin flakes but I alternate that with frozen bloodworms.

Why is there copper in any fish food? It's not there on purpose is it?

John N. 12-21-2006 11:00 PM

Tetramin tropical flakes (brown cap) because its cheap and saw no real benefit over the Tetramin Crisps flakes. Also, I feed the ocassional frozen bloodworm cube.

-John N.

AaronT 12-22-2006 04:51 AM

If you're asking what the best dry food is I've found it to be the Tetra Tropical Crisps and the Spectrum foods.

Satirica 12-22-2006 07:15 AM

I'm with Aaron on Spectrum. One comment on the Spectrum foods -- the regular variety of Spectrum Community Fish Food is a little large for some smaller fish to handle so I feed a mixture than includes Spectrum Grow and Spectrum Small Fish Forumula. I have also had great luck feeding Sera food but it can be hard to find.

Mud Pie Mama 12-22-2006 08:43 AM

Hey, how, or what parameters are we using to define 'best'? Are you asking the fish?:rolleyes: Is it how quickly they're dashing to the surface at feeding time? Is it if they don't spit it out at first bite???

Actually I'm wondering if what's best in terms of fish health may be different than what's best in terms of tank parameters? I.e.., surface scum, detritus and algae control???

Myself, I do use a variety of different foods. I have two reasons. One, I'm thinking that if one brand of food is short or lacking one essential nutrient than when I'm feeding the other choices hopefully my fish will get a well balanced diet. Second, although I'm sure its anthropomorphic on my part; I think my fish like variety, they'll always be wondering what's for dinner, they'll not be bored and they'll be happier!

Still, sometimes I find myself wondering if something else would be better or best? Sometimes I try to compare the ingredients on the label and if I see a lot of flours i.e., wheat or corn meal and not many seafoods (fish or crustacean meats) listed I put those back.

A few things:

Yes, I use the Tetra min crisps, it gets a pretty good rating with most of the fish.

Not all the Hikari products are free from copper, I have their Cichlid Gold Pellets, it list copper sulfate. I also remember the last time I was shopping a few of their other products had it in the ingredient list.

Recently I've been trying some of the HBH brand foods. They seemed to have a great range of ingredients. "Flake Frenzy-cichlid flakes", "African Cichlid - Attack! Pellets" (sinks fast and great for my Rams and Checkerboards who pick around the bottom, BNP loves it too), and most recently "Super Soft - Frozen Food Alternative" (they gobble this so fast I almost never see it hit the water with my own eyes!). Unfortunately they do have copper, but my tanks with the big guys have no shrimps.

Now my pickiest eater of all is my one Koi Angelfish. She'll spit out half of what everyone else will fight over! Her all time favorite is Aquarian "Bottom Feeder Shrimp Pellets". She loves them so much that she'll take them right from my fingers. (I break the pellets in half for her so she doesn't drop and loose them to the crowd.)

duchessren 12-23-2006 12:09 AM

Fish food and Copper sulfate
I agree with trenac in that a perfect fish would need a variety of form of food available to them: live, flake, pellet, frozen, freeze-dried, wafer, whatever. Variety is good.

I agree with Aaron on the quality of Spectrum. That's some good stuff, but it does contain copper...


Originally Posted by dyckster (Post 258358)

Why is there copper in any fish food? It's not there on purpose is it?

Copper sulfate is an all-purpose fish and tank treatment and fish preventative. It functions as an algae-cide, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and fights protozoa and other parasites. Its added to fish foods as a commonality for its many uses. However, it is toxic to shrimp, so its vital to check those labels. One feeding isn't going to kill them, but read the labels...

JanS 12-23-2006 12:53 PM

I too feed a variety, with flake, frozen, pellets, and different bottom feeder foods, depending on what I have in the tank.

For flake food, I used to feed mostly OSI, but lately I've been going more and more to the different Ocean Nutrition formulas. They have a Cichlid formula that they just go wild for. :)
I also got some of the HBH foods at the Cichlid convention last summer, and that was well taken by all of the fish.

joephys 12-24-2006 05:17 PM

I agree for the variety as well. But I don't have enough fish to justify spending so much on food since it shouldn't be used a month after its opened (it goes stale). Generally I use nutrifin. My fish seem to like it the best.

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