Now that we have covered how to best meet the needs of the fish, let's look at how to choose foods that meet those needs.. Frozen foods do tend to retain more nutritional value and have more natural textures but they contain a lot of moisture. This higher moisture content makes frozen foods more expensive for the amount of actual nutritional value. Dry foods do not contain as much moisture so they have more food value per unit of weight and are generally more economical. Flake versus pellet is another area of contemplation. Flakes are usually readily accepted by fish and quickly gobbled up but because they are so thin, they can lose nutrition to the water quickly. Pellets may not be as enticing but since tank water cannot penetrate them as fast, they lock in nutrients better. No matter which form of food you choose, another good habit to get into is reading the ingredients on the packaging. For marine fish ingredients of marine origin are almost always superior to those of freshwater or terrestrial (Land) origin. The types and amounts of nutrients in marine based food is unique and is what your fish are normally exposed to in their natural habitat. This is important for herbivores because marine algae are easier digested and higher in some nutrients than terrestrial greens such as lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, peas, etc. It is also important for carnivores since the types of fats in marine meats is very different from those from land or freshwater. Last but not least.... VARIETY, VARIETY, VARIETY!!! It cannot be stressed enough how good variety is for your fish. Even the most nutritious foods do not contain everything your fish needs and you do not want your fish to become bored with their food. Vary it between dry, frozen, flake, pellet, and even different brands because all brands don’t have the same amount/kinds of nutrients/ingredients. Think of it as a food pyramid for your fish.
Best Saltwater Fish Food - The Mandarin Garden
The best of both worlds! This is the perfect frozen food for your omnivorous marine fish or for a community tank with various dietary needs. Includes 35 cubes and 35 cubes.
Marine S Pellet Fish Food - Hikari - Bulk Reef Supply
We have been doing business with Omega One for many years and have found it to be the best food in the market today...we have the opportunity to inform people about the benefits of feeding Omega One and once they try it , they keep coming back for it! It’s the only fish food we sell!!!!
Top 10 Best Fish Food - Pellets, Flakes, Shrimps & Worms
It is important to remember that it is not the need for certain nutrients over others that distinguishes carnivorous fish from herbivores. It is the ratio of these nutrients, and the relative ability to digest and assimilate them, that sets fish apart from one another. It may be that a particular food possesses the right things, but not in the right form or quantity. One of the best ways to ensure that diet provides the best nutrition is to soak the food in a nutritional additive. Products such as Selcon and Nutra Kol NutraPlus come in liquid form, and can be fed directly to live and Mysids. Freeze dried foods like krill and tubifex worms will also readily soak up nutrient liquids. Good brands of nutritional additives include an assortment of beneficial nourishments, such as Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (HUFA) like the Omega-3s, vitamins A, B, and C, and amino acids. Though enriching foods daily is not necessary, nor will it hurt. Doing so a minimum of twice weekly is likely more than enough to significantly boost the nutritional value of your fish food. Equally important is mixing up the dietary offers, as exclusively feeding a single type can also lead to health problems. Krill, for instance, can cause irreversible lockjaw in marine fish when used as the sole food source. However, feeding freeze dried krill soaked in supplement several times a week is a great option to augment other types of feed. New Life Spectrum fish food is hormone-free and rich in nutrients and protein. New Life Spectrum Marine Fish Pellets are formulated specifically for marine fish, for all diet types of fish, and are best for fish that live mostly in the middle to bottom of the tank. The pellets are wonderful for fish enthusiasts with both fish and bottom dwellers. These pellets are 1mm in diameter, so they are edible for all sizes of marine fish. New Life Spectrum Marine Fish Pellets will sink to the bottom, allowing fish to eat them along the way. Then, they will settle at the bottom and disintegrate slowly so that bottom dwellers such as jawfish, dragonets, and invertebrates can eat them.
To begin our analysis, let's start with the most important food aspect: the ingredients! For New Life Spectrum Marine Fish Pellets, the ingredients are:
Whole Antarctic Krill, Whole Fish, Whole Wheat Flour, Ulva Seaweed, Chlorella Algae, Beta Carotene, Spirulina, Kelp, Garlic, Alfalfa, Scallops, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Wakame Seaweed, Spinosum Seaweed, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Ascorby-2-Polyphosphate (Vitamin C), Choline Chloride, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate and Manganese Sulfate.
New Life Spectrum Marine Fish Pellets are made up of: 37% protein, 5% fat, and 4% fiber. As shown above, the main ingredients as listed at the front of the ingredients are protein-rich and easy to digest: home-free krill and fish. Garlic is added because fish love the taste, as well as it being an extreme immune-booster to stop your fish from catching sicknesses. Various forms of healthy algae are included as well as fish oil. Vitamins added to this food are: 200 IU of vitamin E, 2,500 IU of vitamin D, and 8,000 IU of vitamin A. There is no filler, but there is a healthy carbohydrate: whole wheat flour, that adds fiber to keep your fish full throughout the day.
New Life Spectrum Marine Fish Pellets should be fed to your fish twice per day, feeding times around 10-12 hours apart. The amount fed is the amount that can be almost completely consumed within 1 minute. Generally, you should feed your fish about 3 pellets each. Do not overfeed or else your aquarium will build ammonia and algae problems. An exception to this is if you want a piece or two to dwell at the bottom longer until your bottom feeder finds them.