Aquarium fish food comparison: which fish food should you feed in the aquarium?

Granules, tablets, flakes, live and frozen food: not only beginners but also advanced aquarists are easily overwhelmed by the range of different aquarium fish foods available in pet shops. In addition, every variety usually has its advantages and disadvantages and not every fish food is suitable for every ornamental fish because they differ in their preferences. However, the choice of the right fish food should be well considered, as it directly affects the well-being of your aquarium inhabitants and can have a big impact on the colourfulness of the animals. Which fish food you should feed in your aquarium, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the individual varieties are explained in the following guide article. catfish food

Fish Food Comparison: Flake Food for the Aquarium

The probably most bought aquarium fish food in Germany is the typical flake food, which is available in almost every pet shop and is sold by every big aquarium producer. Simple flake food is probably so popular because it can be fed without much effort: you don’t come into contact with live or frozen food that might deter some aquarists, you don’t have to thaw anything and you don’t have to worry about feeding the animals. The great variety on the market is not particularly different in terms of content: the fish food consists mostly of fish and meat residues, as well as algae, molluscs, crustaceans, vitamins and yeast. A residual cocktail with vitamins, which of course is not harmful for the aquarium inhabitants and can be fed regularly without hesitation. However, one should attach importance to variety and not rely on a one-sided diet with flake food.

My recommendation for Aquarium flake food:

If it has to be flake food, which is fed then one should at least attach importance to the highest possible quality and not reach for the first flake food in the pet shop. My recommendation is clearly Söll Organix Power Flakes. This particularly high-quality flake food is characterized by a low ash content and is therefore more digestible for your ornamental fish. In addition, an above-average proportion of high-quality proteins strengthens the immune system and can positively influence the colourfulness of the animals as well as their well-being. The feed is also particularly suitable as concentrated feed for the rearing of young animals.

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How do you feed the flake food in the aquarium?

Flake food is not for nothing a particularly popular aquarium food: the feeding is very uncomplicated and can be easily done by hand, furthermore the food is available everywhere. When feeding, however, one should focus on variety, only flake food alone should not be fed. In general, you should only feed as many flakes as the animals can eat within three minutes. Excess food should then be removed from the tank.

Advantages and disadvantages of frozen food

advantagesdrawbacks
Very simple / uncomplicated feedingCocktail of food leftovers and vitamins
Perfect as an alternative to frozen foodOften loaded with many additives
Long shelf lifeBe sure to provide variety (frozen food)
Well suited for herbivorous species in the form of feed tabletsDoes not contribute to animal welfare
Often no high-quality proteins

 

Fish Food Comparison: Aquarium Granules and Dry Foods

Besides the aquarium flake food, the dry food, which is also often available in the form of granules or food tablets, is one of the most widely used fish foods in Germany. As with flake food, this can certainly be attributed to the fact that it is available in almost every DIY store / pet shop and that feeding the ornamental fish with such a food is particularly easy: you avoid contact with “disgusting” frost and live food, the food can be very well dosed and must generally pay little attention to feeding – absolutely beginner’s so suitable. In contrast to flake feed, dry and granulated feed can consist of much higher quality raw materials. Dried mosquito larvae are also available in almost every pet shop and of course on the Internet. Depending on which animals you keep in your aquarium – carnivorous species – this is probably the best and healthiest dry food you can feed your animals. In contrast to flake food, it does not consist of a mixture of vitamins and feed residues, but of high-quality proteins in the form of mosquito larvae. For herbivorous species, such as many catfish species, feed tablets are also one of the only feeds available. Although it is more advisable to feed them with vegetables such as cucumbers, a food tablet is also very popular on a regular basis. Nevertheless, it is advisable for herbivorous species to also rely on a varied diet, especially because this can be achieved very easily and cheaply anyway by using old vegetables from the refrigerator.

Granulate and dry food for aquariums: my recommendation

Which granulate or dry food you feed in your aquarium is obvious: dried red mosquito larvae from JBL NovoFil are the special treat for your aquarium fish and are particularly suitable as a supplement to standard flake food. The high-quality dry food consists of 100% dried red mosquito larvae, one of the favourite foods of most South American ornamental fish. The food in the aquarium is especially popular with them, of course, but also with catfish, snails and shrimps. In contrast to mosquito larvae in the form of live or frozen food, you don’t have to deal with mosquito larvae, which are unappetizing for weak minds, but can feed them completely contactless – a great thing I think!

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How do you feed the dry food in the aquarium?

The feeding of dry food in the aquarium is anything but complicated, mostly there is already on the back of the package a quantitative recommendation for feeding. Basically, you should not feed more than the animals can eat within three minutes. Excess food can easily be removed from the tank.

Advantages and disadvantages of frozen food

advantagesdrawbacks
Mosquito larvae rise to the splendour of colour withNot a complete feed, but to be used as a supplement
High-quality proteins strengthen the immune systemOften loaded with many additives
Very simple / uncomplicated feeding
Well suited for feeding young fish
Long shelf life

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Fish Food Comparison: Frozen Food for Aquariums

Let’s get to Aquarium Frozen Food. This ranks second in the fish food comparison and is probably the healthiest and most natural way to feed its aquarium inhabitants after the live food. A good frozen food partly consists of 100% high-quality proteins and is usually not mixed with vitamins or chemicals – apart from phosphorus, which is irreplaceable for the shelf life of the frozen food. Frozen food contributes significantly to the well-being of your aquarium inhabitants: it can positively influence the colourfulness of your fish as well as the lifetime of the animals and strengthen the immune system. Although the advantages of frozen food should clearly outweigh the disadvantages, these should also be mentioned briefly: Frozen food should, especially in small 60 litre aquariums, always be dissolved under running water before feeding, for this you absolutely need an Artemia sieve. For some aquarists the dissolving may be an annoying expenditure of time and I have to admit that I have often caught myself feeding dry food because I was too “lazy” to dissolve it. In addition to dissolving, you need space in the freezer compartment and of course you have to accept the fact that you store the small animals there – this may be a bit too unappetising for some aquarists. Nevertheless, as mentioned above, the advantages clearly outweigh the disadvantages and you should not do without regular feeding of frozen or live food – the fish will thank you!

Frozen food for aquariums: My recommendation

Aquarium fish food comparison: which fish food for your aquarium? Dec 07 2018  0 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 Stars( 3 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5) Aquarium fish food comparison: which fish food should you feed in the aquarium? Granules, tablets, flakes, live and frozen food: not only beginners and advanced aquarists are easily overwhelmed by the range of the various aquarium fish food varieties available in pet supplies. In addition, each of the variety usually brings its advantages and disadvantages and not every fish food is suitable for every ornamental fish, because these differ by your preferences. However, choosing the right fish food should be a good idea as it can directly affect the wellbeing of your aquarium inhabitants and have a big impact on the color, longevity and health of the animals. In our big fish food comparisonwe show you which fish food you should feed in your aquarium and list the advantages and disadvantages of each variety. We also give you a buy recommendation for each type of fish food and show you how to feed the fish food - enjoy reading.  Contents [ hide ]  1 What different types of fish food are there? 2 fish food comparison: flake food for the aquarium 2.1 My recommendation for the aquarium flake food: 2.2 How do you feed the flake food in the aquarium? 2.3 Advantages and disadvantages of the frozen food 3 Fish Feed Comparison: Aquarium granulate and dry food 3.1 granules and dry food for the aquarium: my recommendation 3.2 How to feed the dry food in the aquarium? 3.3 Advantages and disadvantages of the frozen food 4 fish food comparison: Frozen food for the aquarium 4.1 Frozen food for the aquarium: My recommendation 4.2 How do you feed the frozen food in the aquarium? 4.3 Advantages and disadvantages of the frozen food 5 Fish Food Comparison: Feed live food in the aquarium 5.1 My recommendation for aquarium live food in the aquarium 5.2 How do you feed the live food in the aquarium? 5.3 Advantages and disadvantages of the frozen food 6 Conclusion: aquarium fish food in comparison What different types of fish food are there? Aquarium fish food comparison: the different varieties As mentioned above, it is important to provide its ornamental fish in the aquarium a high quality and varied food. Especially in Germany, the selection of fish food in pet shops or in the hardware store is huge, so implement this quite easy. The following varieties of fish food are available almost everywhere in Germany, which is why you will learn more about these in the fish food comparison below:  Aquarium flake food Dry food in the form of granules or food tablets Aquarium frozen food Aquarium live food Aquarium fish food comparison: flake food  Fish Food Comparison: Flake food for the aquarium Probably the best-bought aquarium fish food in Germany is the typical flake food, which is available in just about every pet shop and is sold by every large aquarium producer. Simple flake food is probably so popular because it can be fed without much effort: you do not get in contact with some aquarium diversions or possibly frozen food, does not need to thaw anything and not particularly concerned with the feeding of the animals. The great variety in the market is not very different in terms of content: the fish food consists mostly of fish and meat leftovers, and algae, Soft, crustaceans, vitamins and yeast. A residual cocktail with vitamins so that is of course not harmful to the aquarium dwellers and can be fed without hesitation regularly. However, one should value variety and not rely on a one-sided diet with flake food.  Aquarium fish food comparison: flake food  My recommendation at the aquarium flake food: If it has to be then flake food, which is fed then you should at least attach great importance to the highest possible quality and do not grab the first best flake food in the zoo trade. My recommendation is clearly Söll Organix Power Flakes . This high quality flake food is characterized by a low ash content and is therefore more digestible for your ornamental fish. In addition, an above-average proportion of high-quality proteins ensures that the immune system is strengthened and can positively influence the animal's color and well-being. The feed is also particularly suitable as concentrated feed for the rearing of young animals.  Söll Organix Power Flakes now on Amazon!   How do you feed the flake food in the aquarium? Flake food is not for nothing a very popular aquarium food: the feeding is very straightforward and easy to handle, and the food is available everywhere. When feeding you should, however, set for variety, only flake food alone should not be fed. Generally, you should only feed as many flakes as the animals can consume within three minutes. Feed excesses should then be removed from the tank - this is particularly easy with an aquarium feeding , because this prevents the flake food floating in the whole aquarium and allows you to easily remove the surplus.     Buy Aquarium Feeding at Amazon   Advantages and disadvantages of the frozen food advantages                              	disadvantage 🗸 Very simple / uncomplicated feeding	✗ cocktail of leftover food and vitamins 🗸 Perfect as a change from frozen food	✗ Often burdened with many additives 🗸 Long lasting	✗ Ensure variety (frozen food, dry food) ✗ Often no high quality proteins ✗ No natural hunting behavior to observe Aquarium fish food comparison: dry food Fish Food Comparison: Aquarium granules and dry food In addition to the aquarium flake food, the dry food, which is also often available in the form of granules or food tablets, is one of the most widely used fish food in Germany. This can certainly be attributed to the fact that it is available on the one hand in almost every hardware store / pet shop and the feeding of ornamental fish with such a feed is particularly easy: it avoids contact with "disgusting" frozen and live food, the feed can be very good dosage and generally has little to consider when feeding - absolutely beginner-friendly and therefore entitled to find in the fish food comparison. Dry and granulated food In contrast to flake food, feed can consist of significantly higher quality raw materials. Thus, dried mosquito larvae are also available in almost every pet shop and, of course, on the internet. Depending on which animals you keep in your aquarium - keyword carnivorous species - this is probably the best and healthiest dry food that you can feed your animals. In contrast to flake food, it does not consist of a mixture of vitamins and food leftovers, but of high-quality proteins in the form of mosquito larvae.  For herbivorous species, such as many catfish species, also feed tablets are one of the only feeds available. Although it is recommended for this rather a diet of vegetables, such as cucumbers, however, a fodder tablet is often accepted with pleasure. Nevertheless, it is also advisable for herbivorous species to rely on a varied diet, especially because this is very easy and inexpensive to implement by means of old vegetables from the refrigerator anyway.  Aquarium fish food comparison: dry mosquito larvae Granulated and dry food for the aquarium: my recommendation Which granules or dry food you feed in your aquarium is obvious:  dried red mosquito larvae of JBL NovoFil are the special treat for your aquarium fish and are particularly suitable as a supplement to standard flake food. The high-quality dry food consists of 100% dried red mosquito larvae, one of the favorite foods of most South American ornamental fish. The food in the aquarium is especially welcome, but also catfish, snails and shrimps. In contrast to mosquito larvae in the form of live or frozen food you also do not have to deal with the unappetizing for weak minds mosquito larvae, but can feed them completely contactless - a great thing I think!     Buy dried red mosquito larvae now on Amazon!   How do you feed the dry food in the aquarium? The feeding of dry food in the aquarium is anything but complicated, usually already on the package back is a quantitative recommendation for feeding. Basically, you should not feed more than the animals can eat within three minutes. Excess feed can be easily removed from the pelvis  Advantages and disadvantages of the frozen food advantages	disadvantage 🗸 Very simple / uncomplicated feeding	✗ Often not a complete feed but supplementary 🗸 Long lasting	✗ Often burdened with many additives 🗸 Good for feeding juvenile fish and in the form of feeding tablets for herbivorous species	✗ Mostly not high quality proteins  	✗ No natural hunting behavior to observe Aquarium Fish Food Comparison: Frozen Food Fish Food Comparison: Frozen food for the aquarium Let's get to the aquarium frozen food. This occupies the second place in the fish food comparison and is after the live food the probably healthiest and lifelike way to feed its aquarium inhabitants. A good frozen food is partly 100% high quality protein and is usually not mixed with vitamins or chemicals - except for phosphorus, which is irreplaceable for the shelf life of the frozen food. Frozen food contributes significantly to the well-being of your aquarium inhabitants: it can positively affect the color of your fish, as well as the lifetime of the animals and strengthen the immune system. Although the advantages of the frozen food outweigh the disadvantages clearly, but you should also briefly mention these: frozen food should, especially in small 60 liter aquariumsalways be dissolved under running water before feeding, you will definitely need an Artemia sieve . Dissolving may be an annoying amount of time for some aquarists, and I've often caught myself feeding dry food because I was too "lazy" to dissolve the food. In addition to the dissolution you need space in the freezer and of course has to resign itself to the fact that the small animals are stored there - that may be a bit too unappetizing for some aquarists. Nevertheless, as mentioned above, the advantages clearly outweigh the disadvantages and you should not refrain from a regular feeding of frozen or live food - the fish will thank you!  Aquarium Fish Food Comparison: Frozen Food Cubes Frozen food for the aquarium

There are many suppliers of frozen aquarium food who produce high quality fish food, and you can also buy frozen food without hesitation from the local pet shop / DIY store. Nevertheless, I have made the best experiences with SAHAWA Frost Food by far: The Frost Food dissolves very well under running water and usually the fish cannot get enough of it. I can recommend the quartet in particular, as it ensures a varied frost food diet even for small aquariums. The food can be kept in the freezer for a very long time, without it getting bad – sometimes I could still feed the food without any problems after 6 months.

How do you feed the frozen food in the aquarium?

Simply defrost under running water using an Artemia sieve as described above. A normal cube of frost food is sufficient for a 180-240 litre aquarium, depending on the aquarium stock. In a smaller aquarium, for example the 60 litre tank, it is sufficient to feed one third of the cube. You can easily cut the frozen food cube with scissors or a knife before feeding it.,. 

Advantages and disadvantages of frozen food

advantagesdrawbacks
Natural, healthy foodContact to “nasty” frozen food
Contributes to the well-being of the fishFeeding a little more cumbersome / elaborate
High-quality proteins strengthen the immune systemStorage of unappetizing frozen food in the freezer
Has a positive influence on the colour splendour
Well suited for feeding young fish
Long shelf life
Few additives

 

Fish Food Comparison: Feeding Live Food in the Aquarium

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Let’s get to the absolute number one fish food in the  aquarium: live food is the healthiest and most natural way to feed your ornamental fish. Those who have already fed live food will surely remember how much the food is eaten by the aquarium inhabitants. Live food usually consists of 100% high-quality proteins and is mixed with only very few additives in the water – usually with medication, which is why you should rinse the live food well in the Artemia sieve. Those who seriously value a natural keeping of ornamental fish in the aquarium cannot avoid the living food: it awakens the hunting instinct of the animals and leads to a natural behaviour that is otherwise only seen in the wild. It should also be noted positively that the feed, as well as the frozen feed, contributes particularly to the well-being of the animals. This can very quickly become noticeable in a much more beautiful color splendour and has often led to offspring in my aquarium. Of course, the disadvantages are obvious: the feed should first be flushed with an Artemia sieve, which makes feeding more complicated. Besides, you have to make do with the scurrying inhabitants in plastic bags in the fridge – certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. The same of course applies to feeding in general, because sooner or later you will have to touch the unappetizing live food manually when you clean the sieve or one of the animals falls out of the sieve. Nevertheless, the advantages should clearly outweigh the disadvantages. No other food can trigger such natural behaviour and is as healthy for your tank inhabitants as live aquarium food.

My recommendation for Aquarium live food in the aquarium

Aquarium live food does not have to be bought online – you can safely rely on the live food available from the local pet shop. The only problem is that not every pet shop sells this food. In the online trade I can clearly recommend live food from WFW Wasserflora. It was always very gladly accepted by my animals, in addition the dispatch takes place very fast and the bags arrive always intact. Especially for small basins, the retailer offers suitable portion bags so that an open bag in the refrigerator can be avoided. All around a top product and my absolute purchase recommendation.

How do you feed the live food in the aquarium?

Just like the frozen food, the live food in the Artemia sieve should be rinsed thoroughly – this way unnecessary additives, such as medicines, are disposed of in the water. In general, you should feed your aquarium inhabitants about as much live food as they can eat in about 3-4 minutes. With live food an “overfeeding” is otherwise not further problematic, since the animals live on in the water and are eaten sooner or later by the ornamental fish.

Advantages and disadvantages of frozen food

advantagesdrawbacks
Natural, healthy foodContact to “disgusting” live food
Contributes to the well-being of the fishFeeding a little more cumbersome / elaborate
Awakens the hunting instinct of aquarium inhabitantsStorage of lively live food in plastic bags in the refrigerator
Has a positive influence on the colour splendourShelf life only approx. 14-21 days
Well suited for feeding young fish
High-quality proteins strengthen the immune system
Few additives

 

Conclusion: Aquarium fish food in comparison

A large number of different aquarium foods are available in pet shops, with flake and dry foods being particularly popular because feeding is very simple and uncomplicated. In order to ensure that your fish have a long life, a strong immune system, particularly strong colors and show their true behavior, however, you should definitely rely on a varied diet and occasionally allow your aquarium inhabitants some frost or live food. The food is anything but expensive and the feeding is after a few attempts anything but complicated, but the fish will thank you for it and accept the food very willingly. In my opinion, every aquarist should have a bag of frozen or live food in his house and at least at regular intervals, such as 2-3x a week, refrain from dry food and feed high-quality, protein-rich food.

Aquarium fish food comparison: which fish food should you feed in the aquarium?

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