Need New Fish Food Recommendations

bcfishtanks

Hi, everyone,

I bought a different brand of fish flake food a couple months ago. My fish love it, but it makes my water cloudy. I've taken to feeding them every other day, which helped the cloudiness. I just picked up a new thick lip gourami last week, though. She's really young and was a bit underweight when I brought her home. I want to bulk her up a bit and help her to finish growing, of course, but now only having, like, two fasting days a week is making it really cloudy again.

Any recommendations for other flake/floating food that won't cloud my water? I currently have TetraMin Tropical Flakes. The one I changed from was TopFin Tropical Flakes. That did NOT cloud my water, and my fish ate it, but they clearly like this kind more, so I want to continue with better quality foods.
 

SheldonTheSnail

https://a.co/d/4LazUsv
This food is really high quality and doesn’t cloud the water. It’s a bit expensive but has lasted me a long time.
 

BigManAquatics

I feed my fish Xtreme aquatic foods. I alternate days between the Community Crave and the Krill flakes. Also, my plecos love the algae wafers. Haven't had issues with cloudiness. Is a bit pricey, though.
 

bcfishtanks

https://a.co/d/4LazUsv
This food is really high quality and doesn’t cloud the water. It’s a bit expensive but has lasted me a long time.
Luckily I had a bit of money left on an Amazon gift card and it was the literal exact amount I needed to buy it. Thanks! I'm still open to other suggestions in case the fish don't like this one or something.
 

BigManAquatics

Luckily I had a bit of money left on an Amazon gift card and it was the literal exact amount I needed to buy it. Thanks! I'm still open to other suggestions in case the fish don't like this one or something.
Yeah that is one thing with Xtreme, you pretty much haveto order it. I looked on their website and no shops within 300 miles of me sell it. I tend to order mine from KGTropicals, but i know aquarium-coop carries it and i do believe on amazon as well.
 

Bubbleduck

Hi, everyone,

I bought a different brand of fish flake food a couple months ago. My fish love it, but it makes my water cloudy. I've taken to feeding them every other day, which helped the cloudiness. I just picked up a new thick lip gourami last week, though. She's really young and was a bit underweight when I brought her home. I want to bulk her up a bit and help her to finish growing, of course, but now only having, like, two fasting days a week is making it really cloudy again.

Any recommendations for other flake/floating food that won't cloud my water? I currently have TetraMin Tropical Flakes. The one I changed from was TopFin Tropical Flakes. That did NOT cloud my water, and my fish ate it, but they clearly like this kind more, so I want to continue with better quality foods.
Are you ok with pellet food?
 

StarGirl

Mine like the Bug bite Tropical flakes. It has not made my water cloudy ever.
 

Marlene327

I rotate 3 flake foods, a couple pellet foods, Bug Bites ( I think their favorite ) and frozen blood worms, brine shrimp and baby brine shrimp. Variety is the spice of life! X treme Krill excites many in my community tank except my amber tetras, they just won't eat it! If fish only get flakes or only pellets, it's hard to get them to change. Good to rotate all you can.
 

StarGirl

Yeah mine dont "get" the pellets...They are used to frozen and flakes. I have some New Spectrum Thera +A. They just dont get it....lol

My Embers are kind of picky too.
 

Fishfriendkeeper

Bug bites are great. I switched to bug bites and my fish love them. I feed the color enhancing flakes and spirulina flakes. I also feed my fish omega one veggie plus supercolor pellets, but since I have platies, I crush them. They love those too. A weekly treat of hikari bloodworms and spirulina brine shrimp is also in their diet, but this is not what the OP was talking about. I have heard good stuff about new life spectrum, I intend to try it when my food runs out, though it is pretty pricy.

Also, if you want to buy the bug bites cheaper, I bought the 0.63 ounce spirulina flakes off kensfish.com for 2 bucks, and the 1.58 oz off that site as well for $3.89. Kens also has great prices on other stuff, it’s usually my go to for fish supplies.
 

StarGirl

A lot of my fish didnt like the Spirulina flakes. :cool:
 

MelkorTheVile

I used to use omega one foods. But when I got back into the hobby, i wanted to do some research. I liked northfin foods ingredients and quality, and my fish liked it as well. Bug bites are great too. Kensfish has their own flakes which is pretty well received, and good price for the amount you get.
 

Fishfriendkeeper

A lot of my fish didnt like the Spirulina flakes. :cool:
Oh, my platies love the spirulina flakes and go crazy for them. Probably their favorite out of all the foods I feed. They also really like the fry food though, lol.
Kensfish has their own flakes which is pretty well received, and good price for the amount you get.
It’s true that kens flakes are a good price for the amount. However, I wouldn’t buy these if you’re looking for high quality flakes. Bug bites, omega one, or new life spectrum would be a better choice. Kens fish flakes have fish meal, not whole fish meal, which means it isn’t high quality food. Also contains some artificial stuff.
 

SouthAmericanCichlids

Bug bites are my personal preference, my fish take to it very easily. And a while ago I did a nutritional analysis of a ton of fish flakes and pellets and bug bites were there very best nutritionally for flakes.
 

bcfishtanks

Thanks! I never thought about rotating the flake foods. I give frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp as a treat usually once a week, too. My gouramis don't seem to understand them, but the tetras and catfish love them.
 

FishDin

I've never had this problem with food clouding the water. I've also never fed flake food. The brands I've used are

New Life Spectrum pellets
Repashy gels
Numerous frozen and freeze dried products (always rinse frozen in sieve firrst)
Live food
Piscine Energetics pellets
Omega One products
Bug Bites
Others that I've forgotten

I've never used Top Fin or Tetra food
 

MelkorTheVile

It’s true that kens flakes are a good price for the amount. However, I wouldn’t buy these if you’re looking for high quality flakes. Bug bites, omega one, or new life spectrum would be a better choice. Kens fish flakes have fish meal, not whole fish meal, which means it isn’t high quality food. Also contains some artificial stuff.
Fair enough. Lots of good recommendations in here. NLS and Northfin are definitely my preference these days.
 

Bubbleduck

Oh, my platies love the spirulina flakes and go crazy for them. Probably their favorite out of all the foods I feed. They also really like the fry food though, lol.

It’s true that kens flakes are a good price for the amount. However, I wouldn’t buy these if you’re looking for high quality flakes. Bug bites, omega one, or new life spectrum would be a better choice. Kens fish flakes have fish meal, not whole fish meal, which means it isn’t high quality food. Also contains some artificial stuff.
Fish meal does not indicate anything about the quality. It just means whole fish and/or parts of fish that has been turned into a powder. You’ll have to contact the company to know what their fish meal is. Tetramin for example explained in an email that their fish meal is whole fish sourced from Scandinavia.

Commercial Fish Foods – MJV Aquatics
 

Fishfriendkeeper

Fish meal does not indicate anything about the quality. It just means whole fish and/or parts of fish that has been turned into a powder. You’ll have to contact the company to know what their fish meal is. Tetramin for example explained in an email that their fish meal is whole fish sourced from Scandinavia.

Commercial Fish Foods – MJV Aquatics
That’s true, but usually high quality foods say whole fish meal or what every type of fish meal is used, like whole herring meal or whole salmon meal. Tetra isn’t a high quality food either, it contains multiple artificial stuff. So does kens food. They’ll get the job done, but if you’re looking for high quality food that’s not it. My omega one pellets say whole herring, and omega one is a high quality food. My bug bites say herring meal, and bug bites are also very high quality.
 

SouthAmericanCichlids

That’s true, but usually high quality foods say whole fish meal or what every type of fish meal is used, like whole herring meal or whole salmon meal. Tetra isn’t a high quality food either, it contains multiple artificial stuff. So does kens food. They’ll get the job done, but if you’re looking for high quality food that’s not it. My omega one pellets say whole herring, and omega one is a high quality food. My bug bites say herring meal, and bug bites are also very high quality.
Just because that sometimes coincides with the fact of being a good, healthy food doesn’t mean it’s always true. For example Cobalt foods imo are some of the highest quality foods on the market (Right after bug bites) and they have squid meal on their highest quality food.

I have always heard that fish meal is worse, but why would they only do the bad parts. What are they doing with the rest of the fish lol? And, I think really the only bad things would be eyes and kidneys as I believe they are high in salt and then caffeine. But the rest that humans don't eat is completely our preference. Again, what are they doing with the rest of the fish, it just doesn’t make sense.

What fish meal actually means is that the fish has been ground and dried, it defines the process they used to get the food, not the actual fish that was used.

Here’s an interesting article that was found by feohw a while ago: Commercial Fish Foods – MJV Aquatics
 

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