Good food for tetras
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » Good food for tetras

Good food for tetras

This is a discussion on Good food for tetras within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> So... sorry for all the questions, but I'm on a fish knowledge binge. :D So I'm knowledgable about cat and dog food, and what ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Clown Loach
Clown Loach
Colombian Tetra
Colombian Tetra
Reply
Old 10-05-2008, 06:55 PM   #1
 
SolaceTiger's Avatar
 
Good food for tetras

So... sorry for all the questions, but I'm on a fish knowledge binge. :D So I'm knowledgable about cat and dog food, and what kind of ingredients are good and what isnt. But I know nothing about what makes a good fish diet. Usually I just buy whatever tropical fish flakes are sold at wherever I am at the time. I'm finishing up a can of Wardley Essentials tropical fish flakes, and after that will be starting on tetramin tropical flakes. Wardley has 45% crude protein and tetramin has 47%. I know that tetramin is better in that way, but what should I look for in a premium food. Both fish foods I have, have ethoxyquin in it.. a preservative which I know is not good in dog or cat food. Any ideas?
SolaceTiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2008, 09:33 PM   #2
 
jeaninel's Avatar
 
I usually look at the ingredients listed. I recently switched from Tetramin to Omega One flakes after comparing the ingredients. For instance:

TetraColor Flakes - Fish meal, ground brown rice, dried yeast, shrimp meal, wheat gluten, potato protein...etc

Omega One Flakes - Whole Salmon, halibut, black cod, whole herring, whole shrimp, whole krill, wheat flour, wheat gluten, fresh kelp...etc

The Omega One may be a buck or two more but it's much better quality food. I also like NLS brand (New Life Spectrum) but it's harder to find. There's only one LFS near me that sells it. Although you can order it online.
jeaninel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2008, 09:42 PM   #3
 
SolaceTiger's Avatar
 
I did some research in the meantime to, and found this site. http://www.americanaquariumproducts....Fish_Food.html I'm thinking I may return the fish food I haven't opened yet, and order some good stuff. My cat gets to eat Wellness Core, I think my fish should get the same quality hmm? :) Although, my two Otto cats I bought today, I bought some omega one wafers for them, and those do look pretty good.
SolaceTiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2008, 09:59 PM   #4
 
jeaninel's Avatar
 
Very informative article! It's great that you are willing to put in the effort to do the research. Your fish are lucky to be in your care. They will definitely reward you with good health and color. :D
jeaninel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2008, 01:42 AM   #5
 
iamntbatman's Avatar
 
Omega One and New Life Spectrum and OSI are usually pretty much top of the line in prepared food quality. Wardley and Tetra stuff isn't as good, but it's certainly a *lot* better than the store brand stuff (TopFin, I'm lookin' at you!)

In addition to prepared foods like flake, crumbles, pellets, wafers, etc., it's also good to feed your fish a variety of other stuff. Plenty of fish are omnivorous and would appreciate fresh veggies. Cucumber, zucchini, romaine lettuce and spinach are favorites. You can serve them up raw or weigh them down with a plant weight or paperclip. Frozen and live foods are also a plus. I've found that just about all fish like frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp. I also occasionally feed frozen mysis shrimp and frozen tubifex. Hikari makes really high quality frozen foods. If you have a LFS that sells live blackworms, your fish will *really* love you.
iamntbatman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2008, 11:12 AM   #6
 
SolaceTiger's Avatar
 
Thank you jeanine, well it's funny you know. the only reason i registered here was to seek help. i didn't realize it till later but on saturday when i cleaned my tank, the heater inside shattered..the bottom part of the bulb, and i didn't realize it till i saw the temp was to low nad i tried to adjust it..wouldn't work, and i noticed the water was floating up into the bulb. little bits of something was floating in the water after that, but my fish seem okay... i'm just lucky i didn't get electrocuted cause i didn't think to unplug the heater before i grabbed it and removed from the tank. Phew. luckily now though i have a new heater, and it's funny cause it's the same one i already had... a really old penn plax one, and they had em on clearance for 2 bucks. :D
SolaceTiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2008, 03:29 PM   #7
 
Tyyrlym's Avatar
 
Probably too late but I like visi-therm stealth heaters for exactly that reason, they can't shatter. Solid plastic housing.
Tyyrlym is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2008, 03:36 PM   #8
 
willow's Avatar
 
gosh,you're lucky you never got an electric shock.
one of the main things i do is shut the tank off when i do
anything in it.
willow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2008, 03:40 PM   #9
 
SolaceTiger's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyyrlym
Probably too late but I like visi-therm stealth heaters for exactly that reason, they can't shatter. Solid plastic housing.
Hehe yea, well like I said. It was 2 dollars. If I break this one, I'll buy an unbreakable one next time. :P
SolaceTiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Betta eating all my tetras food!!!! Jai ullu Characins 4 10-22-2009 12:59 PM
what is a good food for angels chris003 Saltwater Fish 2 10-15-2009 12:56 AM
is this a good food mix redlessi Freshwater and Tropical Fish 3 10-14-2009 08:25 PM
Good Invert Tankmates for Tetras meatball Characins 4 02-01-2009 05:03 PM
food for neon tetras, blue l-f danios and zebra danios teh13371 Cyprinids and Atherinids 3 12-19-2007 02:53 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:37 PM.