01-13-2014, 08:59 AM
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i started this thread thinking "what about live foods?" ... instead i was impressed, ... then reminded.
fish foods decades ago ... well that was before my time.
my current understanding of fish foods, ... they recognize the need for variety, ... some going as far as coloring their foods to emphasize "this is proteins" "this is plants" "this is vitamins" (giving each specific colors)
cheap foods are universal, lots of fillers (grains), ... this isn't just fish foods, it's dog food & cat food as well. while hard to tell for dogs and cats, the better foods your pet will poop less, there simple are less fillers. ... your spending $20 3x a month in pet food instead of getting the ultra expensive $50 bag once a month. harder to tell with fish as maintenance is scheduled instead of keeping the litterbox pleasant or cleaning the back yard or whatever you do. similar to how we feed, by schedule. so a "good" food is based on ingredients.
live foods are also good
the drawback on live food is the space required, a very large bucket for greenwater, a not quite as large bucket for whatever zooplankton or scudds or whatever is an appropriate size for your fish, ... enough algae (of a type your herbivore type fish will eat)
or raising other critters (wingless fruit flies, midge flies (bloodworms), blackworms, ... there's lots of variety, but they all take space.
for those who are looking for the best organic mix with the least ecological impact on the wild, ... blah, blah, blah, ... there's a lot to it.