02-28-2010, 05:36 AM
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For prepared foods, brands like Omega One, Nutrafin and Ocean Nutrition are pretty much the top of the heap. Certain Hikari prepared foods are also very good. Middle of the road brands include Tetra and Wardley. The bottom shelf stuff is pretty much store brand (Top Fin) and is junk. I try to get the top shelf stuff when it's on sale in large quantities, but I use middle of the road stuff for things like algae wafers and shrimp pellets that the top brands don't make (or if they do, I haven't seen them). Compare the ingredients in Omega One pellets (Whole salmon, whole herring, whole shrimp) to Top Fin (Fish meal, ground brown rice, dried yeast). I like Hikari for frozen foods but I get those Sally's flat packs for brine shrimp.
My "normal" fish, i.e. the ones that readily eat prepared foods, get prepared foods for every meal of the week except for two or three. The type depends on the fish, or sometimes I just switch it up for the heck of it. Flakes and pellets, sinking pellets/wafers for bottom feeders, etc. I have a few stubborn fish that only eat frozen and live foods so I have to feed those accordingly. Also, veggie-eating fish get fresh veggies once a week or so.
Basically, variety is the spice of life.
Edit: I've also heard good things about thatfishplace's store brand.