Feeding Your Aquarium Fish

What you feed your fish is as important as the environment you provide for them. This one-stop food reference provides articles that will help you make good food choices for your fish.

Food Basics

The most commonly made error fish owners make is overfeeding fish. If you learn nothing else about feeding fish, learn the simple rule of feeding no more than what they will eat in 5 minutes, and remove anything that isn’t promptly eaten.

That alone will prevent many of the common aquarium problems. These articles tell you how much to feed your fish, and what kind of foods are best for your species of fish.

Choosing Foods – Learn four basic steps to choosing the right foods for your fish.

How Much to Feed Fish The age old question of how much and how often to feed aquarium fish is an important one. Remember, if you are unsure, it’s always safer to feed a bit less than to overfeed.

Nutrition 101 – Do fish have specific needs for the percentage of fat or protein? Yes they do, and this article explains what and why.

Dietary Types – Some species of fish prefer, or even require, certain types of food. This article lists many of the common aquarium fish, and describes what type of food they prefer.

Omnivore, Hebivore, or Carnivore? – Does it really matter which type a fish is? Don’t they all eat basically the same foods?

Feeding Flake Foods – The cornerstone of the aquarium fish diet is generally flake fish food.

Flake food is readily available, easy to story, and easy to dispense. However, there are a few things you should know about using flake foods, to ensure you are providing the best foods for your fish.

DIY Food Shaker – This easy to make fish food shaker is handy to use, and a great way to ensure you don’t drop too much dry food in the tank.

How To Feed Fry – Feeding newly hatched fish fry can be very challenging. Learn what you should do to be prepared, and you will have a much higher chance of raising them to adulthood.

Feeding Vegetarian Fish – Some species of fish are largely, or even fully, vegetarian. Learn about which fish favor veggies, and what they should be fed.

Feeding Live Foods – It’s often said that fish should be fed live food when possible, but why? This article explains why live foods should be part of a healthy diet for aquarium fish.

Collecting Live Foods – Live foods are one of the best options for most fish, but live foods are not always available in stores. You can collect your own live foods. Learn what, where, and how to collect live foods for your aquarium fish.

Maggots For Aquarium Fish – Don’t cringe, maggots are very natural food for aquarium fish, and readily available at bait shops. Learn why you should consider supplementing your fishes diet with some maggots.

Where Can I Buy Live Worms? – Worms are a favorite food for most fish, but where can you get them? There are quite a few options, beyond just digging them out of your front yard.

What is Infusoria? – Infusoria is often recommended as a first food for aquarium fish fry.

But what is it, and where can a fish owner get it? This article answers those questions.

Feeding Rings – Sometimes it is hard to ensure that all fish in a community aquarium get their fair share of the food. Feeding rings are an excellent way to ensure that your fish get the food you want them to.

Are Gel Feeders Safe? – Gel feeders are the latest offering in the quest to find the perfect way to automatically feed fish. Are they good or bad? Read on, and you be the judge.

Vacation Fish Feeding – It’s a dilemma we all face sooner or later. What should a fish owner do about feedings when going away for a vacation, or even a weekend holiday? The answer is surprising to some, and worth learning about.

How To Make Fry Food – Sometimes it is not possible to find fry food, or you may simply want to make your own fresh.

This article shows how to make your own dry fry food.


Food choices for your fish abound. Here are my top picks of the various food types available.

  • Algae Flakes
  • Algae Wafers
  • Betta Foods
  • Automatic Fish Feeders
  • Bloodworms
  • Brine Shrimp Flakes & Pellets
  • Cichlid Foods
  • Color Enhancing Foods
  • Crab and Lobster Foods
  • Cyclops
  • Daphnia
  • Discus Foods
  • Flake Foods
  • Freeze Dried Brine Shrimp
  • Frozen Brine Shrimp
  • Frozen Foods (General Purpose)
  • Fry Foods
  • Goldfish Foods
  • Koi Foods
  • Krill
  • Pellet Foods
  • Plankton
  • Sinking Foods
  • Tubifex Worms

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