Fish Food Recommendation Chart


Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

Freshwater

With the wide variety of commercial foods
available, it is sometimes difficult to determine
which type of food to feed your fish. When
choosing a food, the first thing you need to know
is what type of diet is natural to your fish. All
fish fit into one of three categories:

Herbivore - plant eater
Carnivore - meat eater
Omnivore - consumer of both plants and
meaty foods... the vast majority of aquarium
fish fit into this category

Saltwater

Many of the staple diets do a very good job of providing a broad range of essential nutrients required for good health. But, we believe that variety in the diet is important to good nutrition and the well-being of your fish. Offering supplementary foods, in addition to the "staple" diet, ensures better nutrition and enriches the diet of your fish with more tastes and textures.

Use our handy charts below as a guideline for feeding your freshwater or saltwater fish. Click the Freshwater or Saltwater button above, or just scroll down.


Freshwater Fish      KEY:    Herbivore Herbivore    Carnivore Carnivore    Omnivore Omnivore
SPECIES: STAPLE DIET: SUPPLEMENTARY DIET:
African Cichlids Herbivore Omnivore
  • O.N. Omni Cichlid Formula Flakes
  • Hikari Cichlid Gold
  • Hikari Sinking Cichlid Gold
  • Angelfish Omnivore
  • Frozen Blood Worms
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Barbs Omnivore
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Bettas Carnivore
  • Hikari Betta Bio-Gold
  • Freeze-Dried Blood Worms
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Catfish (Juvenile) Herbivore Omnivore
  • Frozen Food
  • Hikari Sinking Wafers
  • Freeze-Dried Brine Shrimp
  • Danios/Minnows Omnivore
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Discus Carnivore
  • Azoo Discus Food
  • Jack Wattley Discus Formula Frozen
  • Freeze-Dried Blood Worms
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Fancy Goldfish Omnivore
  • Hikari Goldfish Pellet Diets
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Gouramis Omnivore
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Hatchets Omnivore
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Livebearers Omnivore
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Loaches Carnivore Omnivore
  • Frozen Food
  • Hikari Sinking Wafers
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Brine Shrimp
  • Plecos (Juvenile) Herbivore Omnivore
  • Hikari Sinking Wafers
  • Frozen Food
  • Hikari Algae Wafers
  • TetraMin Tablets
  • Rainbowfish Omnivore
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Rasboras Omnivore
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Sharks (Juvenile) Omnivore
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Frozen Brine Shrimp Plus
  • New World
    Cichlids (Juvenile) Carnivore Omnivore
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Tetras Carnivore Omnivore
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes



  • Saltwater Fish      KEY:    Herbivore Herbivore    Carnivore Carnivore    Omnivore Omnivore
    SPECIES STAPLE DIET SUPPLEMENTARY DIET
    Angels, Dwarf Omnivore
  • Mega-Marine Angel
  • Formula Two Flakes
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Green Seaweed Leaf
  • Angels, Large Omnivore
  • Mega-Marine Angel
  • Formula Two Flakes
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Green Seaweed Leaf
  • Anthias Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Basslets Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Batfish Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Frozen Krill
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Blennies Herbivore Carnivore Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Formula Two Flakes
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus
  • Boxfish Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Formula Two Frozen
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Butterflyfish Carnivore Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Formula One
  • Cardinalfish Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus
  • Clownfish Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus
  • Damselfish Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus
  • Eels Carnivore
  • BIO-PURE Krill
  • Aqua Yums Squid Flat Pack
  • Filefish Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus
  • Foxface/Rabbitfish Herbivore
  • Julian Sprung Sea
         Veggies with Clip
  • Spirulina Flakes
  • Gobies Carnivore Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus
  • Groupers Carnivore
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Freeze-Dried Krill
  • Aqua Yums Squid Flat Pack
  • BIO-PURE Krill
  • Grunts Carnivore
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Freeze-Dried Krill
  • Hawkfish Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Hogfish Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Lions Carnivore
  • Frozen Krill
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Parrotfish Omnivore
  • Formula Two,
  • Freeze-Dried Krill
  • Julian Sprung Sea Veggies with Clip
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Pseudochromis Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Puffers Carnivore Omnivore
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Aqua Yums Squid Flat Pack
  • Squirrelfish Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Surgeons/Tangs Herbivore
  • Julian Sprung Sea
         Veggies with Clip
  • Spirulina Flakes
  • Sweetlips Carnivore Omnivore
  • Formula One
  • Triggerfish Carnivore
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Aqua Yums Squid Flat Pack
  • Wrasse Carnivore Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes

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