Can frozen brine shrimp be daily diet?

CichlidCody

Can you feed frozen brine shrimp as a daily diet instead of pellets or freeze dried bloodworms? All my bettas seem to like the frozen food better but not sure if it could be too much for everyday food like bloodworms would be.
 

AquaticQueen

Might not be the best. If it's temporary or they won't eat anything else it's okay I guess. Not the best for nutrition. Need a more balanced diet.
 

CichlidJynx

You can bloat the fish very fast, some fish are heavy carnivores such as the Neolamprologus Similis. I feed Baby brine, brine, bloodworms, daphnia, and shrimp pellets (heavy shrimp meal) for one fish I would use freeze dried bloodworms or brine shrimp
 

Dennis57

Frozen food is more of a treat for the fish 1 to 3 times a week. Most of us mix it up between different foods
 

Dunk2

I fully understand the need for and benefits of a balanced diet. My fish get just that.

But what is the source for the belief that frozen foods like bloodworms aren’t good on a daily basis?

I hear and read this fairly often, but I’ve never seen anything “official”. And yes, my Rams get frozen bloodworms most every day.
 

CichlidCody

Might not be the best. If it's temporary or they won't eat anything else it's okay I guess. Not the best for nutrition. Need a more balanced diet.
You can bloat the fish very fast, some fish are heavy carnivores such as the Neolamprologus Similis. I feed Baby brine, brine, bloodworms, daphnia, and shrimp pellets (heavy shrimp meal) for one fish I would use freeze dried bloodworms or brine shrimp
Frozen food is more of a treat for the fish 1 to 3 times a week. Most of us mix it up between different foods

What would be the best food for bettas then? Basically just a mix of pellets, bloodworms & various frozen foods throughout the week?
 

CichlidJynx

You can definitely use brine on a daily
 

ystrout

It's definitely a misconception that fish in general can't eat frozen food on a daily basis and it should only be fed as a treat.

That said, the majority of freshwater fish keepers keep omnivores as pets and are best off feeding their fish mainly dry foods and giving frozen food a couple times a week. If you use a good brand like NLS, Omega One, Fluval Bug Bites, etc. dry food is very healthy. It helps them get a varied diet by just pinching some food in the tank. So if you mix up the dry foods, they have an extremely varied diet! Mix some frozen food and veggies in there and you'll have extremely healthy fish.

That said, some fish are carnivores like many saltwater fish, freshwater puffers, etc.

My puffers eat frozen food every day. My pea puffers almost exclusively get frozen food (mysis shrimp, bloodworms, and brine shrimp). Sometimes I'll give them clam and tiny snails.

My spotted congo puffer gets a few live snails per day and the rest is frozen food (again mysis shrimp, bloodworms, and brineshrimp). I've tried to give her clams but she doesn't seem to like them. She prefers to eat the neo shrimp breeding in the tank.

Since my spotted congo puffer is in the community tank, sometimes the danios will steal her food. But only what she rips off the tweezers and doesn't eat in time. So they technically get frozen food daily, but the majority of their diet is dry food as it is easiest to give them a rounded diet that way.
 

Noroomforshoe

It is important to offer a variety, as there have not be detailed studies done on exactly what nutriants your fish needs, or exactly what nutriants are in a certain item.
 

Dunk2

It is important to offer a variety, as there have not be detailed studies done on exactly what nutriants your fish needs, or exactly what nutriants are in a certain item.

That was sort of my point. Yet so many folks believe frozen foods daily are a bad thing, despite an otherwise varied diet?

I just know my Rams kinda like me, and they get frozen bloodworms most every day.

They seem to like each other too (spawning).
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Noroomforshoe

That was sort of my point. Yet so many folks believe frozen foods daily are a bad thing, despite an otherwise varied diet?
People also say that frozen foods are a treat. when in reality fozen foods are probably much healthier then the grain based fish meal loaded flakes and pellets. especially for carnivores like bettas.
 

Rcslade124

Cool Mix
I ordered these flakes the other day excited to try. Plus I'm feeding live brine couple times a week..and going to try live blackworms

My betta doesn't like live brine but chiws down freeze dried brine.
 

DuaneV

I look at it like this: Would it be healthy for us to eat just ONE type of food every single day never deviating? Just eat chicken? Hamburg? Fish? Is that healthy for ANY animal? Are they going to get all the different nutrients they require to be healthy?

Personally I feed most of my fish BugBites, live Brine Shrimp, live Mosquito Larvae, frozen Blood Worms and live Daphnia. That's their weekly diet. Obviously some of my other fish get veggies or snails, etc., depending on the type of fish, but that's what all my Tetras, Bettas, Cichlids, Rams, Plecos, Corys, etc., are fed.
 

AquaticQueen

I look at it like this: Would it be healthy for us to eat just ONE type of food every single day never deviating? Just eat chicken? Hamburg? Fish? Is that healthy for ANY animal? Are they going to get all the different nutrients they require to be healthy?

Personally I feed most of my fish BugBites, live Brine Shrimp, live Mosquito Larvae, frozen Blood Worms and live Daphnia. That's their weekly diet. Obviously some of my other fish get veggies or snails, etc., depending on the type of fish, but that's what all my Tetras, Bettas, Cichlids, Rams, Plecos, Corys, etc., are fed.
I totally agree. That's a really good way to put it.
 

Inner10

If a man can live by just eating Big Macs for the majority of his life a fish can probably live on shrimp.
 

DuaneV

I don't think anyone can eat just big macs from the time theyre born until the time they die....., at 8 years old. lol
 

Noroomforshoe

At least a big mack has a variety of foods.
 

ystrout

If a man can live by just eating Big Macs for the majority of his life a fish can probably live on shrimp.
Someone eating only big macs sure won't be healthy....
 

richardnguyen

As long as you wash the newly hatched bbs, the food is nutritious and totally safe for all size of small fishes. I have been hatching bbs for some years twice a day.
 

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