Fish food brands

What does everyone use here and why do you use that brand of food?

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fletch

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I use aquarian for everything just because everyone I know has had good colour results and characteristics from it. It also tends not to cloud the water so much.
 

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I haven't used anything other than Omega One for a very long time now. My fish seemto like it better nad their colors seem to be better.

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For my flake food, I usually use Tetra but on a whI'm today while fish food shopping, I picked up Omega One. Now I'm interested to see if it makes a difference!!!
 
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onelovie said:
For my flake food, I usually use Tetra but on a whI'm today while fish food shopping, I picked up Omega One.  Now I'm interested to see if it makes a difference!!! 
You probably will! Omega One is the only fish food I know of that doesn't have fish meal as an ingredient. If you look on the label at the ingredients, the better fish foods won't have fish meal as their first ingredient. I think you will really like it, and your fish should go crazy for it. Which variety did you get? Color flakes, veggie flakes, african cichlid mix? Just curious ;D
 

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I use Wardley flakes, Tetra crisps, freeze-dried bloodworms, and catfish wafers, and some other brand of freeze-dried brine shrimp. I see what you mean about fish meal, Gunnie. What is it? Is it bad for your fish, or just not good for them? What is a better ingredient? Maybe I'll switch to Omega One.
 
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I use Wardley flakes, Tetra crisps, freeze-dried bloodworms, and catfish wafers, and some other brand of freeze-dried brine shrimp.  I see what you mean about fish meal, Gunnie.  What is it?  Is it bad for your fish, or just not good for them?  What is a better ingredient?  Maybe I'll switch to Omega One.
Click on the Omega One link on my first post in this forum. It will explain on that site what fish meal is.
 

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Ok Gunnie I'm lazy, would find your first post with that link please ;D I use Omega One foods but have lost my link to them.
Thanks
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You know Gunnie sometimes my brain doesn't work right ;D when you said the link in your first post I thought you were talking about the first post you ever made on this site, and being lazy didn't want to look for it. BUT today I scrolled up to the top of this page and there it was. " the first post". Thank you for the link.
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I use Tetra and Wardley. I llike the way the Wardley brand is working but it seems that Omega is all the rave. I guess I have to try it. It sounds good. ;D I am also using tetra algae wafers they are better then wardley because they don't cloud the water.
 

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I have Wardley flakes, Tetra freeze dried plankton, HikarI sinking wafers, Wardley Algae wafers and Wardley Freeze dried Bloodworms.

The only reason I have so many is that my HikarI wafers and plankton are running out so I bout some more food now I rotate them to give them a varied diet
 
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J-Man said:
I have Wardley flakes, Tetra freeze dried plankton, HikarI sinking wafers, Wardley Algae wafers and Wardley Freeze dried Bloodworms.

The only reason I have so many is that my HikarI wafers and plankton are running out so I bout some more food now I rotate them to give them a varied diet
Variety is very important to your fishies' diet, so "having so many" is actually a good thing.  Even with having different brands of wafers is a good thing.  The ingredients are probably different and just in the variation of ingredients is a little variety in itself.  The Omega One wafers also have kelp in each wafer (they call them rounds), which is something I've never seen in any fish food before.  They are also the greenest wafers on the market & the most expensive. 

I ran out of the large cichlid pellets which my oscars have been raised on, and are very healthy.  I went to a store to get some more, & they only had the 2.2 lb. bucket, which is a lot to buy at one time for me since I only have 2 oscars that eat it.  Anyway, I found out the store was no longer gonna be carrying Omega One (long story), and they were selling out what they had.  I was upset because I didn't think there was any other place in Tallahassee I could buy Omega One (another long story).  I contacted Omega One about a thread I'd started in another forum, and also that I wanted them to know this local chain was dropping their products in all 5 stores.  I received a call from the CEO, and I am proud to say that this chain will be continuing to carry Omega One, and that a small LFS I went to will also be carrying it!  Woo hoo!  It's a little harder to find, and you will usually only find it at your small mom and pop fish stores.  However, due to politics, PetSmart also carries it in some of their stores, so check them out if you have one and can't find it at a smaller store.  If you can't find it locally, send me a pm, and I will give you names and email addressess to contact at Omega One, and I'm sure they will be able to help you find a retailer you can buy from. 

Omega One should not cloud your water. You should see a big difference on your fish's eagerness to feed when you put it in the tank. It even smells different than the others, because it's made with whole salmon. I think it smells fishier. I have read a lot on the cichlid forums about New Life Spectrum and I finally bought a can of it. My fish will eat it, but they are much more aggressive at feeding time when I feed them Omega One. NLS does not contain fish meal as an ingredient, but does contain soy bean meal, which is not a bad thing, but instead of having something in the food that does nothing for nutrition for my fish, I'd rather have my binder be a natural one that does enhance the nutrition, not just hold my fish food together. Omega One is awesome, and the customer support from the company is excellent also!    If you want to try it, and don't know which one to start with, try the color flakes for your community tank, or the very veggie flakes for your goldfish or other veggie eater fish. There are 2 varieties of the veggie flakes, so for goldfish, try the very veggie. I even feed the very veggie flakes to my carnivore cichlids once a week to keep their digestive systems clean. They go for it as quickly as the other flakes!
 

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I was sold Nutrafin with my tank set up, not the Tetra that I had cast my vote. I read the comments and checked out the site for Omega. Since my fish have experienced stress recently, and I will add more in time, I'm interested in their product "First Flake." It seems that if one fish or more doesn't seem to be eating, this might encourage them. Any feedback available? Thanks
 
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First Flake is recommended for fish that stop eating. It's good for new fish in your tank, or when you are in the process of switching fish to flake foods. I have read where discus folks use it a lot when their discus become finicky.
 

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Gunnie, thanks for the quick response. So, if my remain silver tip isn't eating First flake may do the trick? What about the Freshater OmegaOne, would he be encourage to eat that one as well? I don't want to by something unneeded very much. How long do you find that flakes can last? ??? Thanks
 
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What you can try is soaking the food you have in a little garlic juice. Get a small jar of minced garlic from the grocery store. In a little cup or something small, add a little tank water mixed with a few drops of garlic juice from the jar. Soak the flakes a minute or two and then put the flakes in the tank. If that doesn't help then you could try the first flake. Get the smaller can. It won't go to waste. It is perfectly fine and healthy to feed your other fish.
 

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I bought the first flake on Friday on the way home from work.  The Silver Tip still would not eat.  The others really loved it! :-X  I returned the remaining silver Tip to the store, and got credit, on Sunday.  I just knew he would die if left in my tank.  They will put him in their Hospital tanks and try to cure and resell.  What a store, Aquarium Adventure,  return a live fish any time for credit, or if one dies within 48 hours of purchase, you get a refund.   For a novice like me, knowing a sick fish can get care by more experienced handlers, and I am not out any money, that's quite a deal!
 

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