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 a variety of 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 Excel
  • Hikari Cichlid Gold
  • Hikari Sinking Cichlid Gold
  • Angelfish Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Blood Worms
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Barbs Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Bettas Carnivore
  • Hikari Betta Bio-Gold
  • Freeze-Dried Blood Worms
  • TetraMin Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Catfish (Juvenile) Herbivore Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • Hikari Sinking Wafers
  • Freeze-Dried Brine Shrimp
  • Danios/Minnows Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Discus Carnivore
  • Hikari Discus Bio-Gold
  • San Francisco Bay Brand Beefheart Plus
  • Freeze-Dried Blood Worms
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Fancy Goldfish Omnivore
  • Hikari Goldfish Pellet Diets
  • Saki-Hikariā„¢ Fancy Goldfish
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Gouramis Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Hatchets Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Livebearers Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Loaches Carnivore Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • 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
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Rasboras Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Sharks (Juvenile) Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Frozen Brine Shrimp Plus
  • New World
    Cichlids (Juvenile) Carnivore Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Tetras Carnivore Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • 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
  • Live Ghost Shrimp
  • Live White Shrimp
  • 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
  • Live Ghost Shrimp
  • Live White Shrimp
  • 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
  • Live Ghost Shrimp
  • Live White Shrimp
  • 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
  • Live Ghost Shrimp
  • Live White Shrimp
  • 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
  • Live Ghost Shrimp
  • Live White Shrimp
  • Triggerfish Carnivore
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Aqua Yums Squid Flat Pack
  • Live Ghost Shrimp
  • Live White Shrimp
  • Wrasse Carnivore Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes

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