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5. Aquarium Fish Foods

How often and when to feed varies from tank to tank depending on its inhabitants. Types of fish have different feeding habits and nutrition requirements. Carnivores have larger stomachs and tend to gulp larger quantities of food once a day and some only 3 times a week. Herbivores have small stomachs and longer intestines and feed here and there throughout the day. Omnivorous fish, some of which are active at night, spend the day hunting for food. In a community tank feed twice a day and only what the fish consume within 5 minutes.
 
Feeding a variety, including flake, frozen, freeze dried and live foods, ensures that fish get the balance of nutrients they require and is most likely to match some of the foods they eat in their natural habitats. Adding BioPro Plus probiotic supplement with added iron and Vitamin C to freeze dried and pellet foods improves fish health and stimulates the immune systems of most species.
 
What to feed:
Characins Loaches Carp-Like fish Angelfish Bettas
Livebearers Barbs African Cichlids Gouramis Goldfish
Catfish Rainbows Other Cichlids Discus Koi
 
Below is a list of community fish and the diets best suited to meet their nutritional requirements.
 
Characins
Most characins are active in the day and travel in schools. Tetras are included in the group. Examples: Pristella Tetra (Pristella maxillaris), Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi), Rummynose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri). Members of this group that have red, orange or gold colorations can be brightened by supplementing the Vivid Color Flake. Freeze dried blood worms soaked in vitamins, Vita Chem Freshwater or frozen bloodworms should be included as a treat to maximize growth and health.
Feed a combination of:
AquaLife CSPro Flake with Calanus & Spirulina
sera viformo Sinking Tablets
sera san Color Enhancing Flakes
Supplementing with these 2-3 times a week:
  Freeze Dried Blood Worms
Aqua Yums Frozen Brine Shrimp
Aqua Yums Frozen Bloodworms

Livebearers
This is one group of fish that shows off its splendor when fed a healthy, varied diet. Quality color enhancers combined with a diet heavy in Sprirulina make a huge difference in the long term health and vitality of these fish. Mollies, in particular, should be fed Spirulina. The secret to healthy Swordtails is a varied diet. Color enhancers and bloodworms make the most difference in Platys. Examples: Guppies (Poecillia reticulata), Black Molly (Poecillia latipinna), Swordtail (Xiphophorus helleri), and Platy (Xiphophorus macalatus) .
Feed a combination of:
  CS Pro Small Sinking Sticks Calanus & Spirulina
sera viformo Sinking Tablets
Aqua Yums Frozen Brine Shrimp
Aqua Yums Frozen Bloodworms

Catfish
This group includes many night feeders and does best when fed diets specific to each species. Remember, the difference between healthy and dying Plecos is Spirulina wafers and driftwood for them to feed on. Cory cats, as well as other species in this group, sift through gravel and scavenge for uneaten food. Examples: Cory cats, Plecos, Pictus Cat (Pimelodus pictus).
Feed a combination of:
  CS Pro Small Sinking Sticks Calanus & Spirulina
sera viformo Sinking Tablets
Aqua Yums Frozen Bloodworms

Loaches
These are aquarium favorites, and include Clown Loaches, Redtail Sharks (Epalzeorhynchus bicolor), Zipper Loaches (Botia fasciata) and many more. Clown Loaches (Botia macracanthus) and other loaches grow large and colorful with the right combinations of nutritious foods.
Feed a combination of:
  CS Pro Small Sinking Sticks Calanus & Spirulina
sera viformo Sinking Tablets
Supplementing with these 2-3 times a week:
  Live Blackworms, if available

Barbs
Some members of this active and interesting family are fin nippers and should be kept in schools of 5 or more to minimize aggressive behavior. All Barbs grow healthy and full with Vivid Color Flakes for color enhancing and brine shrimp treats. Examples: Tiger Barb (Barbus tetrazona), Tinfoil (Barbus schwanefeldi) and Cherry Barbs (Barbus titteya).
Feed a combination of:
  CS Pro Flake Calanus & Spirulina
sera vipan Flakes
Supplementing with these 2-3 times a week:
  Aqua Yums Frozen Brine Shrimp
Aqua Yums Frozen Bloodworms

Rainbows
Many species of Rainbow fish are available for the home aquarium. Examples: Boesemani Rainbow Fish (Melantaenia boesemani). Proper feeding with quality, nutritious foods helps make this of the most exciting and colorful fish available for the community aquarium. As they grow larger, introduce them to pelleted food like New Life Spectrum Foods.
Feed a combination of:
  CS Pro Flake Calanus & Spirulina
sera vipan Flakes
Supplementing with these 2-3 times a week:
  Aqua Yums Frozen Brine Shrimp
Aqua Yums Frozen Bloodworms

Carp-Like Fish
This group is characterized by its sucker-type mouth. Most members of the group feed on algae but also delight in a frequent meaty treat. Example: Chinese Algae Eater (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri).
Feed a combination of:
  CS Pro Small Sinking Sticks Calanus & Spirulina
sera viformo Sinking Tablets

African Cichlids
Color and intensity are what these fish bring to an aquarium. Hardiness, striking color, morphology and unique behaviors make this one of the most interesting groups for the home or office aquarium. Feeding twice daily, once with frozen and once with other foods is recommended. Examples: T Electric Blue Johannii (Melanochromis johannii), Cobalt Blue Cichlid or Zebra Malawi Cichlid (Pseudotropheus zebra), Auratus (Melanochromis auratus), Labidochromis (Labidochromis caeruleus "yellow"), Pseudotropheus (Pseudotropheus socolofi) and Frontosa (Cyphotilapia frontosa).
Feed a combination of:
  CS Pro Large Sinking Sticks with Calanus & Spirulina
sera Granules for Herbivorous African Cichlids
New Life Cichlid Formula
Supplementing with these 2-4 times a week:
  Frozen Plankton
Formula One
Formula Two

Other Cichlids
These fish very do well on flakes and small pellets when young. As they grow and become fuller, introduce larger foods like frozen, freeze dried and pellets. Color enhancing foods bring out red, yellow and orange colorations. Feed frozen instead of live food because bones from feeder fish are not easily digested. Proper nutrition keeps these fish healthy and robust for many years. Examples: Oscars (Astronotus occellatus), Red Devil Cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus), Firemouth Cichlid (Thorichthys meeki), Dempseys (Nandopsis octofasciatus), Blood Parrot Cichlids (Amphilophus "Red Parrot" hybride).
Feed a combination of:
  CS Pro Large Sinking Sticks with Calanus & Spirulina
sera Granules for Predatory African Cichlids
sera Granules for Herbivorous African Cichlids
New Life Cichlid Formula
Formula One
Formula Two
Supplementing with these 2-3 times a week:
  Frozen Krill
Frozen Plankton
Aqua Yums Frozen Silversides
San Francisco Frozen Silversides
Krill, Freeze Dried

Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare)
These graceful cichlids can be picky eaters and sometimes difficult to feed. The foods listed below contain all the nutrition for daily activity, reproductive cycles and caring for fry.
Feed a combination of:
  AquaLife CSPro Flake with Calanus & Spirulina
Formula Two Frozen Food
Supplementing with these 2-3 times a week:
  Aqua Yums Frozen Brine Shrimp
Aqua Yums Frozen Bloodworms

Gouramis
Feed a combination of:
  AquaLife CSPro Flake with Calanus & Spirulina
sera vipan Flakes
OSI Vivid Color Flakes

Supplementing with these 2-3 times a week:
  Aqua Yums Frozen Brine Shrimp
Aqua Yums Frozen Bloodworms

Discus
Discus people know what they want. They simply look for the best looking, most exotic fish in freshwater. Keeping these fish is a little challenging. Nutrition is the first step in reducing the challenge. An all-frozen diet is the best choice for these fish. Some keepers have good luck with dried foods. The pros use the foods listed below.
Feed a combination of:
  AquaLife CSPro Flake with Calanus & Spirulina
sera discus granules
sera discus color Blue
Aqua Yums Frozen Bloodworms
Live Blackworms, if available, if needed

Bettas(Betta splendens)
Feed a combination of:
  AquaLife CSPro Flake with Calanus & Spirulina
sera bettagran

Atison's Betta Food
Supplementing with these 2-3 times a week:
  Aqua Yums Frozen Bloodworms
Live Blackworms, if available (if needed)

Goldfish
Orandas. Goldfish need plenty of vegetable matter to stay healthy. Supplement feedings with frozen foods.
Feed a combination of:
  AquaLife CSPro Flake with Calanus & Spirulina
AquaLife CSPro Stick
sera Goldy
Supplementing with these 2-3 times a week:
  Emerald Entree

Koi
  ASF Koi Food


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