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Aquarium Fish Food Tips
Nathan Miller

A balanced diet for your aquarium fish is essential to their
survival. Most of the commercially available dry fish foods are
almost always unbalanced. In many cases, the vitamin content will
gradually decline at room temperature and since majority of the
dry food for tropical fish commonly used will only keep for about
three months, it is always advisable to buy fish-feeds in many
small packs rather than in one large pack.

The feed could preferably be kept absolutely dry in a
refrigerator. However, all fish appreciate a change of diet and
will thank you for your consideration with more interesting
behavior, better colors, and greater readiness to breed and
better general well -being. This change of diet should be
supplemented with live food; majority of which now come in
irradiated freeze dried forms to make sure that they are disease

I will mention a few that could be found handy in some major
aquarium shops and I will group them into two. And they are flake
foods and freeze-dried foods

Flake foods

Most popular and highly recommended brands are Aquarian®, Tetra®,
and Wardley®. They are varying in cost and quality. Wardley is
the least expensive among the three. However, the Aquarian and
Tetra are richer in specialty flakes compare to Wardley.

Freeze-dried foods

You will also find freeze-dried foods available in aquarium
stores. They are favorite foods for aquarium fish. They have
single animal-ingredient like mosquito larvae, blood worms and
Tubifex worm each. Aquarist should note that freeze-foods are not
in themselves complete diet but they can be combine to flake food
or other type of freeze-dried foods. We shall discuss more about
Tubifex as a popular freeze-dried food.

TUBIFEX - This is a traditional favorite food relished by most
fishes. They are small red worms that live at the bottom of
streams and rivers particularly where large amounts of organic
matter are present. Therefore, it is difficult for the aquarist
to collect them life from their habitat. It is therefore
preferable to buy Tubifex from pet shops where they are already
clean, freeze-dried and concentrated into cube forms.

From personal experience, Tubifex tubes could probably be the
most exciting feed to use for fishes. The cube can be stuck to
the front inside wall of the aquarium. The fishes in the tank
will immediately come forward and bit off pieces of worms
excitedly until satisfied.

You need not bother to remove the rest worms since they seldom
pollute and in most case fishes return to the feed for further

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